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Come, Come - $250 for mic - what would you buy?

Post by timcoalman » Sun Jun 21, 2009 10:20 pm

And I?ve been doing the research ? reading reviews and specs, on-line posts, and thumbing through nearly complete run of Tape Op. So many choices and variables ? I think I know what I?d buy with $1000 but in the $200-$300 there is a lot. Have read the sticky on mic recommendations.

The parameters of what I am looking for:

1) Record mainly acoustic guitar and bass - love transients, harmonics, sympathetic strings, and such,
2) Like warm, rich sound. An attenuated or rolled-off high end is just fine.
3) Mic with color or character is great,
4) Support of some odd, boutique, small run, or lone designer would be great if recommended by Tape Op member.
5) Use mixer preamps ? next in line for upgrade ? possibly to Twin-Finity,
6) Currently use vox mic and one like they use on presidential podium,

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Post by Jeff White » Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:35 am

Oktava MK-012 - modified by OktavaMod
Shure SM81
Shure SM7
Audio Technica AT4047
Audio Technica AT4050 if you can swing it

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Post by Snarl 12/8 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:46 am

Might be time to try a ribbon? Cascade Fat Head?
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Post by Nate Dort » Mon Jun 22, 2009 6:17 am

[shameless plug] Buy the royer-mod mxl 2001 tube mic I'm trying to sell. :lol: [/shameless plug]

Barring that, I'll second the MK-012 recommendation.

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Post by beefy » Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:29 am

2 ebay re 10s or 1 re 16

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Post by thunderboy » Mon Jun 22, 2009 7:34 am

I'm a fan of the CAD Trion stuff - T-6000 multi-pattern LDC or T-7000 dual-element ribbon are both pretty close to your budget. AT 4050 is always a good choice, as well.

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Post by kayagum » Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:35 am

Heil PR40 or PR30
Sennheiser e906 or 421
A ribbon + Triton Audio FETHead
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Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:01 am

A used M88 is never a bad place to start. It works on everything.
I'd also add an re-15 and 635a to the list.

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Post by rty5150 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:36 am

the rode ntk would work well for this. although, not my favorite mic should handle the bass better. a good solid ribbon would do you well if the pres in your board have enough gain.
overall, if your close mic'ing everything the sm7b is your best bet. for condensers, the spl for bas is going to be your main concern. adk makes the s7 mic in 3 flavors to cater to specific applications. something else to look at.

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Post by timcoalman » Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:50 am

great suggestions so far - researching now - are the re 10s and/or re 16 Electro Voice?

Any other suggestions?

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Post by daveg62 » Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:55 pm

dynamic - Shure SM7B

condenser- ADK vienna or hamburg

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Post by ott0bot » Mon Jun 22, 2009 1:26 pm

daveg62 wrote:dynamic - Shure SM7B

condenser- ADK vienna or hamburg
great choices

or

dynamic - used Electrovoice re-20 or Sennheiser MD-421

condensor - used at4050

All are very vesitle mics that can be used on several diffent sources with great results.

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Post by beefy » Mon Jun 22, 2009 2:37 pm

Yeah the re 10's and 16's are electro voice and sound great on anything so if you ever wanted to record voice electric guitar drums you would have mics that sound good doing that to. EV makes a million different great microphones.

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Post by decocco » Mon Jun 22, 2009 3:31 pm

Maybe one of these:

Oktava 219 or 319 (new or used, modded or stock, they're pretty cheap)
Sennheiser 421 (used)
Shure SM7b (used)

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Post by losthighway » Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:02 pm

beefy wrote:Yeah the re 10's and 16's are electro voice and sound great on anything so if you ever wanted to record voice electric guitar drums you would have mics that sound good doing that to. EV makes a million different great microphones.
The cool thing about the RE10 is you can probably buy one AND have money for another cool mic in your budget.

If I was starting my collection over and only had a couple hundred bucks I would get a used RE10 and a used AT 4033. That's a pretty wide range of sound and applications, but the 4033 has not this "warm" you speak of. It's a bit more bright.

But, on the other hand I have continually lusted after the 4047 that someone else mentioned, for all the reasons it fits your purposes. It just costs a bit more, I see them used for about 400, most often.

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