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  • These five under-$500 microphones NEED to be in your studio!

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    I do!

    http://www.harmonycentral.com/articl...in-your-studio


    Do you disagree? Are there other mics that you consider essential for all studios to have that you would have put on the list? If so, please tell us about them!
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    - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

    "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

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  • #2
    I have had good success with the SM27 in my home studio. I have used it on guitars, vocals, and overheads. It would not replace the mics already listed, it just works for me

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    • #3
      Phil.. where's the SM7B?!
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      • #4
        I got my AT4050s for under $500 each, looks like that's not a thing any more.

        How close are the ATM250s to the old ATM25s? Those are fantastic, a poor man's 421, I used to nab them when I found one under $100.

        Surprised to see an EV20 is still sub $500.

        Edit: I believe the PL20 is identical to the EV20, but they used to go cheaper used.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by davie View Post
          Phil.. where's the SM7B?!
          E/V RE20 > SM7b

          IMHO of course.

          Besides, the SM7b is basically just an oversized, glorified SM57, and the SM57's already on the list.

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          "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

          - George Carlin

          "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

          - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

          "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

          - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ermghoti II View Post
            I got my AT4050s for under $500 each, looks like that's not a thing any more.
            I've always liked the 4050, but there's a lot of competition in the multipattern LDC category these days.

            How close are the ATM250s to the old ATM25s? Those are fantastic, a poor man's 421, I used to nab them when I found one under $100.
            The ATM25's are great little mics. The ATM250's are also excellent mics, but they're larger, and therefore not as easy to fit into tight spaces... probably not an issue for kick use, but might be in some situations on toms, where the small size of the ATM25 can really come in handy sometimes.

            Surprised to see an EV20 is still sub $500.

            Edit: I believe the PL20 is identical to the EV20, but they used to go cheaper used.
            Yes, they are essentially the same mic internally.

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            "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

            - George Carlin

            "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

            - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

            "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

            - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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            • #7
              i found a matched pair rode nt55's for $540... technically thats over 5...

              my p0asting days were numb bird... now im done... bye.

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              • #8
                An working engineer friend of mine whose judgment i trust swears by the sE Electronics VR1 for guitar cabs at about $400. Apparently they are not just great for the price, but great, period. Like in the same league as Royer in terms of the sounds he is getting.

                I think your list would benefit for a recommendation for a pair of SDCs that come in under $500, since everybody needs at least one pair.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Zooey View Post
                  An working engineer friend of mine whose judgment i trust swears by the sE Electronics VR1 for guitar cabs at about $400. Apparently they are not just great for the price, but great, period. Like in the same league as Royer in terms of the sounds he is getting.
                  If they were just a bit less expensive, the Beyerdynamic M160 would have been on that list in a heartbeat - I LOVE those mics!

                  I think your list would benefit for a recommendation for a pair of SDCs that come in under $500, since everybody needs at least one pair.
                  I'm not sure if they're still on sale or not, but at the time I wrote that, some stores were selling pairs of Blue Hummingbirds for $299. That's an amazing deal on a pair of very capable SDC's.
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                  "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                  - George Carlin

                  "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                  - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                  "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                  - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                  • #10
                    im looking at sdc's... i hadnt looked at the blues until now... running blind ( no experience)...
                    ive come down to lauten audio LA120's, mxl v67n's, and rode nt55 or nt5... my question is what significant difference will multiple pattern capsules make in the process of recording? a/b, or x/y stereo configs? i ses that most mics seem more sensitive in omni than cardioid according to most graphs... what advantage is to be had?
                    ( if indeed other than the obvious pattern differences)
                    Last edited by Voltan; 01-04-2018, 09:08 AM.
                    my p0asting days were numb bird... now im done... bye.

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                    • #11
                      im just striking out here, lol...
                      my p0asting days were numb bird... now im done... bye.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Voltan View Post
                        im looking at sdc's... i hadnt looked at the blues until now... running blind ( no experience)...
                        ive come down to lauten audio LA120's, mxl v67n's, and rode nt55 or nt5...
                        All are decent mics and each has their fans...

                        my question is what significant difference will multiple pattern capsules make in the process of recording? a/b, or x/y stereo configs?
                        Multi-capsule or multi-pattern mics do open up your options quite a bit. Both AB and XY stereo recording are still possible with a pair of cardioids though. For things like mid-side and Blumlein stereo you need a figure-8 mic (or two).

                        i ses that most mics seem more sensitive in omni than cardioid according to most graphs... what advantage is to be had?
                        ( if indeed other than the obvious pattern differences)
                        Omni does have some significant advantages over directional mics. For starters, there's no off-axis weirdness in terms of frequency response - the sound hitting the "back side" of some directional mics, while attenuated (due to the null points in the polar pattern) can have a different frequency response (and therefore sound different) than the on-axis response. Omnis don't suffer from that.

                        Another huge thing to consider is that with an omni mic, you can get as close to the sound source as you want in terms of placement without having to worry about proximity effect - omni mics don't suffer from that bass boost when you get in close to them that you get from most cardioid (and figure 8 for that matter) microphones.

                        Omni mics can be great for capturing the sound of "the room" too, as well as for situations when you want to track a group of instruments or vocals all together - just set everyone up in a circle or semi-circle around the mic. Work with placement distance from the mic to achieve the desired mix / balance. For people you want to hear more of, have them move in a bit closer - for anyone who's too loud or overpowering, have them move back away from the mic a bit - repeat as needed until you hear the balance you're after, then roll tape and hit record.

                        **********

                        "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                        - George Carlin

                        "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                        - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                        "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                        - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                        • Voltan
                          Voltan commented
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                          thank you! its beginning to gel... that makes sense to me, sonically. this gives me enough to start with. let the festivities begin!

                      • #13
                        thank you!
                        my p0asting days were numb bird... now im done... bye.

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                        • Phil O'Keefe
                          Phil O'Keefe commented
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                          You're welcome.

                      • #14
                        Originally posted by ermghoti II View Post
                        I got my AT4050s for under $500 each, looks like that's not a thing any more.
                        I love the 4050 mic but its more than $500. Its the one mic I have used for just about everything from drums OHs, to vocals, to all types of instruments, including solo instruments to orchestras. It`s one of the cleaner microphones and the amount of applications its covers is well worth the price.

                        The 4033 is $399 but to my ears, its slightly darker sounding but I would add that to the list. The SM57 is an obvious choice... another amazing mic. Not as versatile as the 4050 but it really is amazing on guitar amps and vocals. I love to mic up amps with the 57 right up on the grill and the 4050 about 2 feet away. Balance to taste. Good stuff.

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