ALTEC/WESTERN ELECTRIC 639B VINTAGE DYNAMIC/RIBBON 'BIRDCAGE' MIC W/XLR ADAPTER

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includes adapter with original connector terminating to XLR connector
good cosmetic condition (has been painted black), perfect working condition
639B Cardioid Directional Microphone
The 639-type Microphone is a general purpose magnetic micro­phone with directional character­istics which are selectable by means of a switch. The three basic patterns available are non-directional, figure eight, and cardioid.
Sensitivity
The open circuit output level is 84 dB below 1 volt/dyne/cm², 64 dB below 1 volt/10 dynes/cm².
Power Output Level
–56 dBm for a sound pressure level (SPL) of 10 dynes per square centi­meter, or –76 dBm for 1 dyne per square centimeter when the micro­phone is terminated with a resistance equal to its internal impedance. Experience indicates that the sound pressure pro­duced at conversa­tional level three feet from a micro­phone ap­proaches 10 dynes per square centimeter.
Frequency Range
Substantially uniform from 40 to 10,000 Hertz.
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
The signal for 10 dynes per square centimeter sound pressure is 78 dB above the thermal agitation noise generated within the micro­phone, and 58 dB above for 1 dyne per square centimeter.
Directivity
Six patterns, C, D, R, 1, 2, 3, selectable through a six-position screwdriver-operated switch. At the angle of minimum response, the average discrimination with respect to 0° response is 20 dB over the range from 40 to 10,000 cycles per second.
Impedance
Average value is 40 ohms. Intended for use with equipment having a rated source impedance of 25 to 50 ohms.
Dimensions
7½'' high, 4 7⁄16'' long, 3 7⁄16'' wide.
Weight
3¼ pounds.
The 639B Microphone combines a dynamic moving coil pressure element and a ribbon velocity actuated element enclosed in a housing which serves as a protective guard and as a wind screen. The outputs of these two elements are used independ­ently, or are combined by means of a selector switch attached to the micro­phone, to yield 3 directional patterns.
The moving coil pressure element when used alone has non-directional characteristics. The ribbon element when used alone has a figure eight pattern. The combination of the two elements results in a phasing of the output voltage causing the micro­phone to have a cardioid directional pattern.
The 639-type Microphone is an excellent general purpose micro­phone for studio use in broadcasting and recording, and for remote broad­cast pickups where it can be given reasonable care in handling. In addition, the 3 directional patterns will en­hance operation of the micro­phone where audience or background noise must be con­trolled, and in public address pickups where acoustical feedback would ordinarily take place before a satisfactory reinforcement level could be reached. It is particularly suitable for multi-micro­phone pickups of a large orchestra group where a sense of realism and an apparent increase of volume level is desired. This is accomplished by utilizing one 639-type micro­phone as a non-directional (position D) micro­phone for general orchestra pickup and several 639-type micro­phones (positions R or C) as accent micro­phones for soloists and individual groups of the orchestra which the operator may want accentuated.
The general microphone will provide the necessary reverberation which is desirable for realism, and the accent micro­phones will permit the individual groups to be accented for special musical effects. Skillful operation of the mixing of the various micro­phones will permit the operator to control, over a considerable range, the liveness of the pickup.
Designed by the Bell Telephone Laboratories and originally manufactured by the Western Electric Company, the Altec 639B Multi-Pattern Cardioid micro­phone has, for years, enjoyed an unprecedented acceptance by all phases of the audio industry. Indeed, it may be stated that the majority of all wide-range sound recording—from its initial appearance on motion picture sound­tracks to the present achievement of magnetic tape—has employed one or more Altec 639 micro­phones in virtually all phases of production. The immediate selection of pickup patterns provides the professional engineer with as many as six varying directional character­istics; the built-in two-stage windscreen, rugged protec­tive housing, and numerous attachment and mounting accessories make the Altec 639 ideal for any application.
Unlike competitive units, which employ only a single ribbon and which vary the directional pattern by mechano-acoustic means, the Altec 639 is actually two independent transducer elements within a single housing. The electrical signals from these elements (one, a dynamic moving-coil; the other, a velocity-sensitive ribbon) are used singly or in combination to produce the different pickup patterns at the top of the page. Because no mechanical means are used, the Altec 639 provides increased durability, performance quality, and trouble-free operation—yet the 639’s versatility of ap­plication meets or exceeds that of all other multi-pattern units currently available.
The 639B provides the broadcast, recording, and public address engineer with performance of professional stand­ards; the difference between the two models is found only in the amount of readily-selected pickup patterns. The 639B provides the three most widely used character­istics of cardioid, bi-directional, and omni-directional pickup.
Each directional pattern of the 639B Microphone may be easily selected with a screwdriver or similar tool, in accordance with the indicator marks on the rear of the micro­phone housing.
Low output impedance (30/50 ohms) permits the use of the 639B microphone at a great distance from the associated amplifying equipment without danger of increased noise, hum pickup, or de­terioration in the quality of the transmitted signal.

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