Oktava M/S Project

Published by soundgeek2496 under M/S, Projects.

About a few years ago I posted on the DVinfo.net about my idea for an inexpensive mid/side recording set up using my pair of Oktava MK-012, and the new figure 8 capsule I ordered from Oktava USA.  Since then my pictures and sound links used in that thread have been moved around on the ftp, so I decided to re-post the basics of this article here on the blog.  Most of the sound clips used with this M/S rig are listed already from previous recording with more to follow.

MK-012 M/S

MK-012 M/S

MK-012 M/S

MK-012 M/S

So I have all the parts, and I wanted to post a few pictures of what I got going so far for those interested. I have a plan for the back cap, so I’ll have to get back on that. At first glance, this fig 8 capsule was HEAVY… bigger than expected, but still worked and fit inside the Rode Blimp. The suspension bands I used were the original ones the Rode came with for the top set.  I went to the hardware store to get some others that were not as flexible for the bottoms.
At first I attempted to use the fig 8 without the capsule caps on which was a bad bad mistake. These caps are to eliminate interferance between the two capsules, without them you’ll get a bad hum… possibly 60Hz. Working as intended though, they seem to sound rather nice and the bi-polar pattern seems very solid.

MK-012 M/S

So here’s what I finally ended up with for dealing with the 2nd cable. Having a nice dual cable was just too expensive, “ideal”, but too expensive. This worked great as well, and even better with the fur over to help hold the cable snug.  I’m just going to tie off the two cables lower down the slack so they don’t knock each other during a gust of wind or shifting.