Telefunken USA's RM-5C ribbon mic. South Windsor, CT (August 15, 2007)--Telefunken|USA has begun shipping the company's first ribbon microphone, the RM-5C. The mic was designed by Jerry Silvia and David Browning of Silvia Classic Microphones in Santa Cruz, CA.
The RM-5C's directional pickup pattern, reputedly improved output level and reportedly wider frequency response are achieved through acoustic design and magnetic materials. The result is a cardioid microphone that is said to possess a frequency response from 30 to 18,000 Hz.
The RM-5C is physically inspired by the classic RCA BK5, but is not a copy of the well-known microphone. According to the company, the RM-5C lends itself well to brass, but is also applicable for vocals, acoustic guitar, drum overheads, cymbals, percussion instruments, and other signal sources that can sometimes seem harsh.