Fame C01 Mods
We offer two modification/upgrade options for the Fame C01: replace the capsule with one of our premium large-diaphragm models, and/or replace the audio circuit with our our stunning transformer-coupled circuit kit.
The budget mod option is to either replace the C01's capsule with an RK-47. Replacing the stock capsule (which is a marginal 32mm K67) will make the C01 significantly more usable for more sources.
#1: Capsule Replacement
The capsule found in most inexpensive condenser mics is a 32mm K67-type. These don't sound very good, and are usually not paired with a circuit that provides the necessary high-frequency rolloff. That's why cheap mics are rarely used in serious recording sessions.
If you choose to leave the circuit as is, install an RK-47, which will give you a neutral top end, great midrange detail, and a much more balanced sound.
If you choose to install our T-84 transformer circuit kit (see below), you could opt for a more brightly voiced capsule like our RK-12.
#2: T-84 Transformer Circuit Replacement Kit
The circuit in the C01 is a fairly generic transformerless design, built with indifferent parts. It works fine, but rarely adds anything useful to recorded tracks. It is a transparent circuit, saddled with a sibilant and thin-sounding capsule... not a great combination.
The stock Fame circuit can be replaced with our vintage, Neumann-style, transformer-coupled circuit. The T-84 circuit kit is based on Neumann's KM84 (arguably one of the best small-diaphragm microphones ever made). We've adapted it for use with large-diaphragm capsules. The result wins vocal mic shootouts daily.
The T-84 kit provides two internal switches: one for a 10dB pad, and the other for polar pattern (cardioid/omni; requires a dual-diaphragm capsule).
Couple the T-84 circuit to our RK-47 or RK-12 and you'll be rewarded with a mic that goes head-to-head with anything on the market under $1000.
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