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MK-219 Mod (for your mic) - Hear it vs. U 67
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MK-219 Mod (for your mic) - Hear it vs. U 67 $499.00 $449.00
by Mark Maxwell - Los Angeles, CA
I had a nice opportunity to try it out "in the real world" on the great saxophonist Azar Lawrence. He was a guest on my show and he brought his tenor with him. If you're not familiar with Azar, he recorded several LP's as a leader for the Prestige record label in the 70's, and has worked and recorded with everybody from Miles Davis and McCoy Tyner to Earth, Wind & Fire. He's been playing a lot lately and sounds fantastic.

I set him up in our Studio 'A' with an Apex 210 ribbon about head height and approximately one foot to his right pointed at the horn's keys and the modded 219 also head height about 5 or 6 feet directly in front of him pointing towards the instrument's bell.

The 219 sounded much better than the Apex with more detail even though it was positioned much farther away. I would have just used the 219, but the ribbon did add a little something when mixed in underneath that seemed like it was worth keeping. I added a little reverb from the submixer and added some high's to the ribbon and that's what went on the air.

I was quite happy with the sound. I felt it was noticeably better than the sax sound on his most recent CD; which I suppose is really an unfair comparison as it is much easier to get a good sound when you're not having to worry about bleed from the rest of the band, but hey . . .

Anyway, my first impressions are very positive. I look foward to getting to know my "new mic" better and I just ordered a pair of Apex 205's who you will probably be seeing in your shop soon, as well. Thanks again!
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