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MindMachine
I am looking to purchase a Copperphone microphone. They seem to be easy lo fi options. I am looking to use mainly on vocals, amps, percussion (bells, toy glocks and pianos, etc.) and woodwinds. Lookig for a displaced lo fi, yet consistent signal. zombie

I have some crappy microphones (cassette old school, piezo types, old headphones, etc.) and some low end ones I can mess with (place foil that holes poked in on the screen, use gift tissue paper all around, place in a coffee can, etc.).

I also use Alesis Metavox, Boss VT's for 'old school' sound.

I realize this is a vague/subjective thing. Will a Copperphone give me some tonal tunnel static?

Any experience with one at all here? Do I just keep experimenting?
taylor12k
if you're talking about the Placid Audio mic https://www.placidaudio.com

i can say i've used one, and have been meaning to buy one. they're very cool and pretty much do what they say, and what the sound examples illustrate.

it's a great tone to have in the mic collection if you feel like you're missing it/need it/want it...

and, at the price, they're hard to turn down.

cool company and cool mics.. they have a few others you might want to look at and compare features with.. i'm sort of interested in their Resonator mics now.
hsosdrum
MindMachine wrote:
I am looking to purchase a Copperphone microphone. They seem to be easy lo fi options. I am looking to use mainly on vocals, amps, percussion (bells, toy glocks and pianos, etc.) and woodwinds. Lookig for a displaced lo fi, yet consistent signal. zombie

I have some crappy microphones (cassette old school, piezo types, old headphones, etc.) and some low end ones I can mess with (place foil that holes poked in on the screen, use gift tissue paper all around, place in a coffee can, etc.).

I also use Alesis Metavox, Boss VT's for 'old school' sound.

I realize this is a vague/subjective thing. Will a Copperphone give me some tonal tunnel static?

Any experience with one at all here? Do I just keep experimenting?


I'm not sure what you mean by "tonal tunnel static", but have you tried taping an empty toilet paper tube around one of your current mics? Perhaps with some thin tissue paper stretched across it (or bunched-up inside it)?

Buying a mic that can only give you lo-fi sounds seems like a waste of money to me. If you have a collection of, as you say "crappy microphones" I would get creative with those in attempting to create something lo-fi and save your mic purchasing $$ for high-quality mics you can use on vocals and acoustic instruments that you want to record with better fidelity, rather than lower fidelity.

And of course, if you record in-the-box there are a shitload of plug-ins you can use to fuck-up sound quality after-the-fact. (Yet another reason to ditch analog, but that's a whole other thread...)
bastille
hsosdrum wrote:


Buying a mic that can only give you lo-fi sounds seems like a waste of money to me. If you have a collection of, as you say "crappy microphones" I would get creative with those in attempting to create something lo-fi and save your mic purchasing $$ for high-quality mics you can use on vocals and acoustic instruments that you want to record with better fidelity, rather than lower fidelity.

And of course, if you record in-the-box there are a shitload of plug-ins you can use to fuck-up sound quality after-the-fact. (Yet another reason to ditch analog, but that's a whole other thread...)


That's the interesting thing about the Copperphone - it really isn't low-fi. Though heavily filtered, it's still catching a lot more detail than typical junker-fun lofi mics do. It's mixed blessing - on vocals or a guitar amp it translates to some brutally present sibilance and string squeak, but feeding a reverb channel for a drum kit or re-amping parts through one, it's pretty special. You can achieve reasonably comparable results in the computer of course, if that suits your workflow. I like what happens when you commit to a sound up front, so tools like Copperphone have a welcome place here.
Standup
The copper phone is great. I had a weird German vintage mic (nothing valuable, just weird) and I was talking to Placid Audio about having them put their mic element into it. But in the end I just bought the copper phone. Very useful for stressed sounding vocals, weird sounding drums, things in the background that might make people uneasy. I use it regularly.
MindMachine
hsosdrum wrote:
I'm not sure what you mean by "tonal tunnel static", but have you tried taping an empty toilet paper tube around one of your current mics? Perhaps with some thin tissue paper stretched across it (or bunched-up inside it)?



Yeah - that is what I've been trying - literally using wrapping paper tubes and shorter with foil and tissue paper with holes poked, etc.

One of the coolest effects was dangling a mic inside a plastic Arrowhead 5 gal bottle and singing down into it. More treatment than lo fi though.

Thanks to all for the feedback. It seems like the Copper is a decent price and will be an easy solution. I'm gonna check one out.

Standup wrote:
... things in the background that might make people uneasy. I use it regularly.


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