The Cloud Microphones JRS-34, nominated for the 2011 Musikmesse International Press Award in the category of studio microphones, was designed in collaboration with Stephen Sank and named in memory ofJon R. Sank (1934-1998). Mr. Sank was instrumental in designing many of RCA’s legendary ribbon mics, including the BK-11 and BK-10A. When RCA abandoned its microphone division, Mr. Sank left with a lifetime of tools and knowledge and began teaching his son Stephen, the art of ribbon microphones.
Built upon the shoulders of giant RCA mics. The ribbon itself is the same as the original 44 series, everything else has been redesigned, drawing upon valuable lessons from the the BK-11 and other microphones. The Cloud JRS-34, with modern appointments such as neodymium magnets, Cinemag transformers, and active D/C JFET Circuitry, takes the next evolutionary step in the immortal 44/BK-11 design line.
The Cloud Microphones JRS-34-P is the passive version of the JRS-34 and is otherwise the same build. The JRS-34-P requires a high gain preamp, or a Cloudlifter, and is influenced by the impedance loading and gain structure of the external preamp. This could be an advantage for an engineer with a selection of specialized preamps, that wants the widest range of sounds available.
Modern technology elevates a classic sound
From direct RCA* lineage, the Cloud44-A microphone reawakens the spirit of the classic RCA Type 44 ribbon mic for today’s applications. Internally within the Cloud 44-A, the ribbon itself remains unchanged, handcrafted to specifications first prescribed in the 1930s by RCA’s Harry F. Olson. Everything else has been engineered anew, however, using 21st century improvements transcending the capabilities of Olson’s time. Utilizing Cloud’s award-winning, patent pending ?Cloudlifter?circuitry with its unique features and ultra-clean characteristics, the 44-A is an active ribbon mic with personality from the past plus all the strength and clarity required for today’s most demanding tasks.
Voice or Music?
The Cloud 44-A is the first and only active ribbon microphone with switchable Voice/Music response curves, reminiscent of the early RCA mics, for controlling proximity effect. The patent pending technology, a switchable interface that provides dual frequency response voicing in an active ribbon microphone, is very useful in a wide variety of scenarios. Voiceover artists and singers can use the ?Voicesetting to instantly reduce the large bass proximity effect associated with being close to the microphone. The ?voiceposition can also be useful for reducing intense low frequencies when using the mic to capture an instrument at close range, or where they may be rumble or vibration noise present. Of course, some vocalists will prefer the larger bass response at close proximity, so having the switchable interface affords the user a microphone with two distinct voices, inviting the special sound of a ribbon microphone to be used on a variety of new sources that may not have otherwise be desirable.
The Cloud 44-A requires phantom power and has an output level compatible with virtually any modern preamp. Included is the Cloud U1 shockmount, a beautiful handcrafted wooden box and a microfiber mic cover, designed to properly store and clean the microphone.
The CloudU1 updates the concept of microphone suspension for the 21st century, completely omitting any elasticated parts and using modern materials to create a virtually indestructible shock-mount with a performance that provides up to twice the isolation of traditional ?cat’s cradlemicrophone suspension systems.
Perhaps the most versatile microphone shockmount on the market, the U1 is fully adjustable to cover a wide range of microphone sizes. The isolation properties are highly effective and make use of the patented vibration- resistant W-shaped Lyre system, carefully oriented around a central mounting ring. The U1 is designed to accommodate all Cloud Microphones boutique ribbon mics, but also will handle a wide array of classic and modern designs, providing a perfect solution for both side address and many end address microphones. The 4 way adjustable fasteners make it quick and easy to change the mic during sessions. Compatibility also includes larger to medium sized mics that are difficult to mate, mics with an unusual shape, or those that have been previously limited to proprietary mounts.