Coles 4050 Stereo Ribbon MicrophoneColes Electroacoustics has been developing microphones for more than 30 years.  While their first mics were broadcast models, they later branched out into ribbon mics for recording vocals.  While the 4038 has been their most recognized studio model for several years, their new 4050 model is poised to take over as their main mic.

The 4050 is actually a matched pair of mics mounted on a very versatile magnetic mount.  Each of these mics is a 4x2 inch cylinder that can be completely detached from the magnetic center ring mount.  Thanks to the stereo/dual mono mounting system, you can use the capsules individually if you have a second mount, or combine them and use the double capsule setup.  Coles actually offers a second mount if you want to use the two capsules separately.  Coles even offers a combo package that comes with two mounts.  The 4050s have a hotter output than a lot of passive ribbon mics, but they need a clean preamp with a lot of gain to sound outstanding. Read more

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