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    I'm just gettin into home recording. I'm gettin a korg PXR4 for christmas and a microphone next week for my birthday. I was gonna get a dynamic mic to mic my guitar amp and the vocals and such. I also figured I could also use it for rehersal with my band. right now were usin the mic from a very cheap karaokee machine into my dads acoustic amp. I recently did some recording with my uncle who was visiting who's also new to home recording (he's got a much nicer unit that i'm gettin, but he's an engineer, i'm a high school student). We recorded drums with just two mics, a kick drum mic and a condensor mic os an overhead that he rented from a local music store. I can't remember the model of the mic, all i know is that it's a tube mic and it's about a grand canadian to buy new. The recording quality was very decent. Latley i've been checkin out condenser mics on ebay just to see if i could get one for $150 or less canadian. I found out that such mics do exist. My question is are these cheaper mics any good? I obviously know there not gonna be top notch, but are they fit to use? I wanna use it as on overhead mic on the drums and also on my amp, and the bass amp, and for vocals for recording. What will these mics be like for rehersal. We rehearse in my rec room. ANy help will be appreciatred

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    Two large condenser mics in that price range that regularly get recommended are the MXL V67 and Studio Projects B1. The classic dynamic mic in this price range is the Shure SM57. There is also the small condenser Oktava MK012 which I paid $99 USD for last month for a pair.

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    • #3
      large condenser mic? classic condenser mic? small condenser mic? i'm completly ignorent when it comes to mics. all i know is that condensers pick up sound from everywhere. now will a condenser mic be suited to rehearsal? what is the quality like on these mics? am i better off to wait and get more money to get a more expensive mic?

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      • #4
        I have the Audio-Technica AT3035 and like it very much.

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        • #5
          My first condensors were a pair of Behringer ECM8000's. They are pretty damn good for the money ($40 USD each). I've used them to capture our rehearsals and always had good results.
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          • #6
            Based on your experience, I'd start with a Beh***ger ECM8000. It'll do the trick for drum overheads....heck, I close-miked a kick with it the other night with interesting results. It'll prove a versatile mic for your situation.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ozraves
              Studio Projects B1.


              Word.... best mic for the money
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                im on the B1 list of happy customers aswell

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                • #9
                  Studio Projects B1 ($80 USD), Behringer ECM8000 ($40 USD), like others have said.
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                  • #10
                    Hey, what about the AudioTechnica 3035? Are they still selling those for $150 at that one site? -you guys would know
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                    • #11
                      Samson C01, Marshall Mxl v67... IMHO

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Stewman_86
                        large condenser mic? classic condenser mic? small condenser mic? i'm completly ignorent when it comes to mics. all i know is that condensers pick up sound from everywhere. now will a condenser mic be suited to rehearsal? what is the quality like on these mics? am i better off to wait and get more money to get a more expensive mic?


                        I think you're confused. Omnidirectional mics pick up sound from everywhere (i.e. in a sphere radiating from the mic capsule). Whether a mic is directional or omni has nothing to do with whether it is dynamic or condenser.

                        I would explain the difference, but there have been several threads recently that already do that, so do a search and you'll find some good explanations, both technical and practical.
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                          SP B1, C1

                          or Rhode NT1 (sounds amazing on bass cabs)
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                          • #14
                            I just bought some CAD M179 mics on eBay for about $150 USD brand new. That would be a nice all purpose mic for low dough.

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                            • #15
                              Bump. Nobody this question: can a condensor mic be used in a band rehersal for the vocalist. i'm afraid of feedback, but i don't know much. someone please comment on this

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