R44C Ribbon Mic Review / Sound on Sound
"There has been something of a resurgence of interest in ribbon microphones in recent years — particularly by those engineers involved in recording string sections and orchestras. Although ribbon mics were largely surpassed by capacitor mics in the recording studio thirty or more years ago, principally for reasons of convenience and fashion, a decent ribbon mic can still deliver a very high-quality signal. In fact, advances in preamp design now mean that the low noise floor inherent in ribbon mic designs can be fully realised to deliver a dynamic range worthy of 24-bit digital systems."
R44C Ribbon Mic Review / Mix
"For those of us engaged in professional recording on a daily basis, the availability of "classic" microphones is often more of a necessity than a luxury. Even with the development of ultraquiet and linear microphones, engineers often look to the tried-and-true for the character of sound that is most appropriate to the task. We have seen a resurgence of tube microphone designs in recent years: There have been re-creations of classic designs such as the AKG C 12 (C-12 VR) and D 12 (D-112), along with the Neumann U67 and M49 (M149). I'll leave it to the reader to judge the success of each of these designs."