My AUSTIN Ribbon Motor Kit (RMK) Is all the parts you need, if you already have a donor microphone body for your microphone, or are building the Thingiverse or Instructables 3D-Printed microphone.
With the Ribbon Motor Kit, you get all the electronic parts for your own ribbon microphone in one package. (You can't print wires, screws, ribbon foil, connectors and a transformer yet, so this is a set of all those parts.)
You also get my fully-illustrated plans and video tutorials to make and install the Ribbon Motor Kit in a Donor Body or the 3D printable microphone.
Specialty tools and templates are included in each kit, but you'll need some basic tools like a screwdriver, razor blade and a soldering iron.
Making a microphone from my Ribbon Motor Kit and 3D printed parts is not for everyone: Building a sensitive microphone requires your patience to make mistakes while learning, (extra materials included!) Previous DIY experience always helps, and it can be assembled on a kitchen table in 3-4 hours. It is designed for adult DIY'ers and College labs... but even high-school students have built my kits as class projects and science fair entries.
Choose from 3 different Transformer models for your Ribbon Motor Kit:
These are top-quality USA parts.
Austin Ribbon Microphone Kits are not imported repackaged Chinese junk. My custom parts are hand-made in San Diego, CA by local vendors and machine shops, and I personally pack each parts bag myself. Old-School!
I use UL/CSA wiring, custom-wound transformers, and a proprietary monolithic ribbon motor truss of my own design. Direct, personal customer support is always just an email away, and is usually answered within a couple hours.
An Austin Microphone is a practical gift for a guitarist, drummer or singer, and also for an engineer or a student who needs a college lab project. My kits are used in college courses at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences, UNLV, Art Institute (Ai) campuses, Community College labs, and audio engineering trade schools!
Check out my MXL 990 Conversion Kit. Convert your brittle MXL990 into a smooth Ribbon Microphone!
Click Here: MXL-990 Modification kit.
My Truss Kit is the same as the Ribbon Motor Kit above, without a transformer. If you already have a transformer and a donor mic body, then the Truss Kit is for you. My Monolithic Ribbon Motor, ribbon foil, clamps, screws, conductor pads, and wire, plus the plans and video tutorials are included here. The finished size is 2.5 inches (64mm) tall, 1 inch (26mm) wide, and 1/4 inch (7mm) thick. You will need to figure out how it mounts in your own donor microphone body, but there are suggestions in my tutorial and videos, as well as the Thingiverse, and Instructable pages for the 3D printed ribbon mic.
I stock the following transformers. Free Shipping to any USA Address:
Choose from my standard, super-thin, sub-micron AUSTIN foil, or heavier 1.8-micron foil. Both of these aluminum foils are lighter than used in retail ribbon microphones, and deliver superior output and high-frequency response:
Austin Foil is delivered in a rigid, hard-sided box to prevent damage in shipping.