Crowley & Tripp Naked Eye
The Naked Eye Ribbon Microphone
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Crowley and Tripp Naked Eye
One of the most welcome developments of recent years in the microphone market is the growing availability of ribbon mics. This new model takes its place in the middle ranks of price but has a far from mediocre sound The Naked Eye mic is the fourth model to be launched, its elder siblings being the Proscenium, the Soundstage Image and the Studio Vocalist. All three are fundamentally the same mic, but with subtle tonal differences to optimise them for different ranges of sources. Ribbon mics are finally making something of a comeback, after they lost their role as one of the stalwarts of the recording studio back in the '50s and '60s.
Older ribbon mics were often hard work, extracting a good top end, avoiding "muddyness", getting enough gain, were all concerns and if you weren't experienced in using ribbon mics most likely you would give up before achieving that wonderful sound that they are capable of giving. The "Naked Eye". This mic also has the added benefit of quite different sound responses each side. See sound samples below.