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Melodium Kerwax 42Bn Ribbon Microphone
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Melodium 42Bn

Regular price $2,600 now $2,500

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Melodium 42Bn Ribbon Microphone

The iconic Melodium 42B Ribbon Microphone, originally built by Charles Bouteleau and Émile Furn in Paris in the early 1940s, is back. Rebuilt and optimized by the expert team at Kerwax, the 42Bn revives one of the biggest and most well-regarded ribbon microphones.

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The Melodium 42Bn is a new ribbon microphone directly inspired by its predecessor, the Melodium 42B.
The original microphone, made from the late ’40s until the late ’60s, had an advantage thanks to one part of its design: its ribbon was one of the largest ever made. Surrounded by 4 monster AlNiCo magnets, it delivered a smooth and warm sound through a specific step-up transformer, which was designed to change the impedance but also act as a passive filter The Melodium 42B compares favorably to its American and German peers of the same period.
The new Melodium 42Bn (the “n” is for “new”) is based on the same magnet technology, an improved motor, an overall improved mechanical construction, a custom-wound transformer allowing for a higher output impedance, and a classic XLR plug, making the microphone easy to use in a modern environment. We made the choice to remove the passive filter system, which doesn’t really belong in the studio environment anymore.
As a result, the Melodium 42Bn is the true successor of the original 42B, thanks to the use of a very large ribbon and AlNiCo 600 magnets, which allow it to keep its characteristic sound while avoiding the overboosted sounds of some microphones using neodymium technology. Modern improvements allow it to find its place in any contemporary studio configuration.
The microphone, the box, and all the accessories are made with extreme care and love, with most of the parts being locally sourced and crafted. From the microphone itself down to the wooden box, everything is handmade in France. We made the choice to work with a local foundry, a craftsman who makes the box in the Jura region, and suppliers who work with respect for the environment and people.
We achieved our quest: being able to recreate this legendary microphone with respect to its original creators, Charles Boutelleau and Emile Furn.

Specification
    •    Principle: ribbon velocity
    •    Polar pattern: figure 8
    •    Ribbon: pure aluminum 2.5 µm
    •    Magnets: AlNiCo 600
    •    Magnetic field strength: 4400 Gauss
    •    Sensitivity: -50dBV @1kHz re 1Pa, open circuit
    •    Output impedance: 300 Ohms
    •    Connector: XLR-3M
    •    Dimensions: 320 x 140 x 50 mm (12 x 5.5 x 2 inches)
    •    Weight: 2.7kg (4.4 lbs)
Melodium 42Bn Rear
Melodium 42Bn Top Left
Melodium 42Bn Right Rear
Melodium 42Bn Box
Melodium 42Bn Box Open
Melodium Kerwax 42Bn Ribbon Microphone Clone
Melodium Kerwax 42Bn Box Accessories