A Ribbon For Everything
Throughout the recording industry’s long history, ribbon mics have consistently defied the limitations of other conventional microphones through sheer, unmatched versatility. Be it piano or kick drum, electric guitar or trumpet, and all that’s in between, every instrument draws outstanding benefit from being recorded by a ribbon.
The greatest strength of a ribbon mic is its ability to capture a sound much like your ears hear it. Rather than accentuating sibilance and top-end like condensers do, ribbons have a convenient, natural high-frequency roll-off that is more naturally attuned to human hearing. For this reason, instruments with harsh top-end like brass, strings, and cymbals pair quite well with ribbon mics.
While ribbon mics roll-off high frequencies, they also retain the low-end present in instruments like drums, electric/upright bass, deep brass, and baritone vocalists.
The transient response of a ribbon is very smooth and realistic. If you like the sound of your instrument, put a ribbon on it!