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Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« on: January 27, 2024, 05:06:07 PM »
I had someone gift these mics to me pre pandemic and they have been sitting in a box since then.  I ran across them again this week and just tested them out.  I can get no signal out of them.  The cable looks a bit rough so I'm not too surprised.  Are these worth anything?  Is it worth getting them repaired?  Are they repairable?

Some pictures here.
https://thatsthethingaboutthat.blogspot.com/2024/01/dsm-6-mics.html
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2024, 06:22:19 PM »
I had someone gift these mics to me pre pandemic and they have been sitting in a box since then.  I ran across them again this week and just tested them out.  I can get no signal out of them.  The cable looks a bit rough so I'm not too surprised.  Are these worth anything?  Is it worth getting them repaired?  Are they repairable?

Some pictures here.
https://thatsthethingaboutthat.blogspot.com/2024/01/dsm-6-mics.html


PIP on?

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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2024, 06:29:08 PM »
I had someone gift these mics to me pre pandemic and they have been sitting in a box since then.  I ran across them again this week and just tested them out.  I can get no signal out of them.  The cable looks a bit rough so I'm not too surprised.  Are these worth anything?  Is it worth getting them repaired?  Are they repairable?

Some pictures here.
https://thatsthethingaboutthat.blogspot.com/2024/01/dsm-6-mics.html


PIP on?

What is that?  I know nothing about these.
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2024, 06:43:44 PM »
I had someone gift these mics to me pre pandemic and they have been sitting in a box since then.  I ran across them again this week and just tested them out.  I can get no signal out of them.  The cable looks a bit rough so I'm not too surprised.  Are these worth anything?  Is it worth getting them repaired?  Are they repairable?

Some pictures here.
https://thatsthethingaboutthat.blogspot.com/2024/01/dsm-6-mics.html


PIP on?

What is that?  I know nothing about these.

They require plug in power..the sony m10 and roland r-07 have plug in power..not too sure of other decks that have it.

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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2024, 07:55:45 PM »
I did try it with my battery box I use for my AT mics.  No dice.
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #5 on: January 28, 2024, 07:18:39 PM »
Probably not worth any effort then. Leonard closed up shop more than 5 years ago.
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They were a cut above the Core Sound Binaurals, but not as good as DPA4061/HEB or the AT/SP offerings.
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2024, 09:06:35 PM »
Probably not worth any effort then. Leonard closed up shop more than 5 years ago.
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They were a cut above the Core Sound Binaurals, but not as good as DPA4061/HEB or the AT/SP offerings.

I disagree.  They are absolutely worth the effort ... my friend sent his to MicMadness and they recabled his ... and they are a GEM. These mics are 100% worth saving.
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2024, 03:15:04 AM »
I also really like the sound of these microphones. I've heard some great recordings with them. From my point of view, they are definitely worth to try to fix. But make up your own mind, there are a lot of recordings with them on LMA.
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2024, 04:25:22 PM »
I also really like the sound of these microphones. I've heard some great recordings with them. From my point of view, they are definitely worth to try to fix. But make up your own mind, there are a lot of recordings with them on LMA.
https://archive.org/details/etree?query=DSM+6&page=3&sort=-date

Thanks for the comment and the links.
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #9 on: January 29, 2024, 06:41:33 PM »
There should be a little white strip somewhere on the cable that Identifies the sensitivity of your pair.
No pics of the 'windscreen' side of the mics bodies, though. Is the foam protector intact?
Looks pretty clean actually. You ought to be able to get these up and running with any recorder that provides plug in power.
can you share a picture of any damage to the cables, and the front of the mics?

Definitely keep them! You can get these working with a little help.
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2024, 11:40:28 AM »
There should be a little white strip somewhere on the cable that Identifies the sensitivity of your pair.
No pics of the 'windscreen' side of the mics bodies, though. Is the foam protector intact?
Looks pretty clean actually. You ought to be able to get these up and running with any recorder that provides plug in power.
can you share a picture of any damage to the cables, and the front of the mics?

Definitely keep them! You can get these working with a little help.

I updated the pictures here.    https://thatsthethingaboutthat.blogspot.com/2024/01/dsm-6-mics.html

The white sleeve on the cable don't have any sensitivity info I could see.  I have no windscreens.  These shots are all I have of this setup.

The last foot of cable up to the mics just looks like it had been used a lot.  Some dings and pulls but no splits or exposed wire.  I'm leaning to getting them repaired. 
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2024, 01:05:13 PM »
I updated the pictures here.    https://thatsthethingaboutthat.blogspot.com/2024/01/dsm-6-mics.html

The white sleeve on the cable don't have any sensitivity info I could see.  I have no windscreens.  These shots are all I have of this setup.
You've got windscreen on the red/right one. Yeah, that's the windscreen.
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2024, 02:53:12 PM »
I updated the pictures here.    https://thatsthethingaboutthat.blogspot.com/2024/01/dsm-6-mics.html

The white sleeve on the cable don't have any sensitivity info I could see.  I have no windscreens.  These shots are all I have of this setup.
You've got windscreen on the red/right one. Yeah, that's the windscreen.

Oh I see it.  It's tiny.
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #13 on: January 30, 2024, 04:01:58 PM »
Side note: Did the manufacturer create his own type of "injection mold" style to build his right-angle connectors (e.g., drilled connector shape into wood or PVC or something)? Did he use silicon or some type of epoxy? I was always impressed by these and the transparency of them.
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Re: Sonic Studios DSM-6 questions
« Reply #14 on: January 30, 2024, 04:10:05 PM »
He did.  I always admired Leonard's right angle mini-plugs as too.  Not sure exactly how he did it or what they were cast from, epoxy likely.
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