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Post by vvv » Sun Apr 15, 2012 7:11 pm

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losthighway wrote:Best $50 mic RE10/Re11.
I'd love to find an RE-10/RE-11 going for $50!
US$61.01 shipped, me.
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Post by young.guv » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:08 am

441!!! (Prince/Stevie Nicks)
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Post by BrontoSoreAss » Wed Apr 18, 2012 8:17 am

sm7
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Post by thewonders » Wed Apr 18, 2012 11:17 am

No love for Rode mics here? :?

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Post by mjau » Wed Apr 18, 2012 5:42 pm

Sm7's and 441's are both pretty bitchin for dynamic vocal mic's. If I was going under $500 for a vocal mic, I'd be all over an oktava mc012 w/ a Lomo M1 or M3 capsule. An at4047 would be a good counterpoint to that.

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Post by blungo2 » Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:38 pm

haven't really put it through it's paces yet, so this isn't really a reccomendation, but i'm liking the ear trumpet edwina.

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Post by vvv » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:06 pm

Today, used a Beyerdynamic M500 ribbon on lead voc, here.

Recently:

SM7b on lead voc, here.

MD421n on lead voc, here.

MD421 II on lead voc, here.

ADK A51 Type V on lead voc, here.

MXL 900 tube on lead voc, here.

EVRE320 on lead voc, here.

Pre's and comps are listed on the individual pages, at bottom, as well as backing vocals' (and other tracks') recording chains.
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Post by Jim Williams » Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:48 am

thewonders wrote:No love for Rode mics here? :?
A litttle. I recently went through my pair of NT-2's. I found a couple of design mistakes I made. The polarization voltage is too high, I rebuilt the oscillator pcb to deliver +60 volts. I removed the two ferrite beads on the outputs and replaced them with 56.2 ohm resistors. That help stabilize the mics on long cable runs and helps damp the polarization oscillator leakage into the audio path.

On one I replaced the capsule with a C-12. For the stock K-67 capsule I replaced the 470 pf caps across the 100 k resistors with 5600 pf. That tunes the response down closer to flat and removes that large 12k hz peak.

Not too hot on the C-12 conversion. The headbasket affects the tone in a not so good way, the same capsule and circuit in that cheapo MCA SP-1 is much smoother, a better head basket design.
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Post by darnell » Thu May 10, 2012 8:46 pm

i'll second the GT-66 and 4033.

Pretty sure you could get both and still be under $500.

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Post by Nick Sevilla » Thu May 10, 2012 9:52 pm

MXL Mogami edition tube mic.

EV 664.

Shure BETA58.

Used AKG 414 Buls.
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Post by vvv » Fri May 11, 2012 4:20 am

I do like that Beta58, especially on snare (but lotsa off-axis hi-hat bleed).

Did I mention the ADK A51 V? I prefer it, for vox, to the AT4040 (what I love on OH's).

I rec'd a Shinybox 43 L that had a bad ribbon (Evilbog is bringing me down, lately). I fookt around and replaced it with - get this - generic tin-foil that I accordion'd onna long screw, and I've used it on BV's and liked it! I may leave it that way, as 2 micron shite is expensive and hard to find/work with. I s'pose I really ought just get 4 micron and be done - I can't justifry US$150 plus postage to send out to fix a mic I paid about that amount for.
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Post by kinger » Fri May 11, 2012 7:58 am

I usually go between an SM7B and a (gasp!) MXL V67G. It's cheap, tacky looking, and I think it sounds cool.

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Post by mrc » Fri May 11, 2012 2:16 pm

I kinda like a SM 7b through an FET Head into a clean channel, even as a mic slut, this is an interesting quasi moddedLCD/smooth type mic sound...even a 57 is cool this way :shock:

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