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    Default Anybody heard of Stephen Paul?

    My friend said I should read one of his articles:< vintage microphone>. Anybody ever read it? Any comments?

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    Stephen Paul was a studio guitarist and highly accomplished microphone technician who passed away a number of years ago. He was quite a colorful figure, with a considerable veneer of mystification and showmanship about him, though he really did know a lot about microphones. If you're going to read his articles, fasten your seat belt and caveat lector but you will undoubtedly learn something.

    He was perhaps best known for fitting ultra-thin diaphragms to well-known studio condenser microphones (including older Neumann and AKG models) and modifying their circuitry to alter their high-frequency response characteristics. His co-worker Tony Merrill still runs Stephen Paul Audio as a highly respected repair facility for studio condenser microphones. As far as I'm aware he still carries out thin-membrane capsule modifications as well.

    I hope that's a fair summary; I'm sure that much more could be said about Stephen and his work, with opinions for and against, but I don't think it's necessary to "go there" right now. The text of the three-article series that you're referring to is on line somewhere, and can be found through Google. He also posted on the rec.audio.pro Usenet forum sometimes, and his posts there should still be retrievable.
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    I spoke with him several times over the years. It was always fun, and I never knew what to expect.

    Here's the link to SP Audio. It's in need of updating and is a bit on the jumbled side, but it's lots of fun and there's plenty of info. I believe the above-mentioned articles are still there somewhere.

    http://www.spaudio.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Whitmer View Post
    I believe the above-mentioned articles are still there somewhere.
    Stephen Pauls' article series can be found at the MixGuides Website:

    Vintage Microphones, Part 1: The Neumann U47

    Vintage Microphones, Part 2: Neumann M49, M50, U67 and U87

    Vintage Microphones, Part 3: AKG C-12, C-24 and Telefunken 250/251

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    Thank you all for your replies. I have found the article and have read part of it. It really helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aseyer View Post
    Thank you all for your replies. I have found the article and have read part of it. It really helps.
    There used to be a killer S.P. C12 in Nashville that sounded amazing for female vocals. Heart use to use it for all of their records, and I believe Shania Twain did too. Not sure what became of it, but I bet it is at Blackbird now, as it was part of the Underground Sound inventory...
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