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  1. This is a pristine condition Beyer M260 ribbon mic. I purchased it new in the mid 70's and two years ago Beyer completely rebuilt the mic. It does not contain the high pass filter that the newer M260's have so it's a full range extended low end mic. I used it on sax, guitar cabs, and acoustic instruments. $275.
  2. Interesting thread. I just bought a pair of Pulse 15 boxes for $75 each..One had no woofer and the other had an Eminence Beta 15 in it. I sold the Beta for $50. I am going to rebuild the cabinets. Put a couple Eminence Kappa Pro 15's or Black Widow's, new crossovers and I have taken out the high frequency radiators and am putting 6 X 15 horns in them with drivers I haven't decided on yet. The are well built cabinets and not too heavy so it should be interesting how they sound when completed. The boxes are bigger and a lot deeper than my Peavey SP5's or Yamaha S115's.
  3. You can buy a brand new CAD M179 LD mic within your budget. I believe it is a mic that sounds great on just about everything you put in front of it and will be useful in the future as you grow. They are selling for under $200. The AT 2020 also gets good reviews and is a sub $100 LD mic.
  4. Yeah.. there are some really great deals on gear floating around out there right now.. I just bought myself a Soundcraft 328 digital mixer in pristine condition for under a grand and picked up a Mackie Big Knob for $100 in the meantime. Guys are struggling and getting rid of their gear, which is very cool for those of us lusting for gear.. It's like real estate.. If you are a qualified buyer times couldn't be better right now. And I filled up my van today for UNDER $30!!! $1.85 a gallon.. Christmas is here early..
  5. I use 24/48 just because I was used to doing it that way with my ADAT machine transfers to the computer.. I have always stayed at 48K. The very last thing I do to a file is convert the sample rate to 44.1/16.
  6. I would say that's not really true or at least not totally accurate. Omni mics can be placed much closer to the source than directional mics and if you get in close then the room of course matters much less, so don't discount using omni mics just because your room isn't great. Marketing and live sound reinforcement have pushed directional mics heavily and scared many people away from omni mics. When recording at a distance like when recording classical music directional mics can sometimes be a better choice in a not so great room but for something like close up recording of an acoustic guitar don't fear the omni pattern as it can often be a wonderful tool. I was more referring to any other instruments in the room at the same time.. but I was not clear. I was thinking if the recording was done in a group environment, an omni can pick up too much bleed.. Plus..air conditioning hum, etc..in a less than desirable room. But you are correct. Those little Niant omni mics sound great on acoustic instruments. I have mounted mine to an acoustic bass, tried it on violin and mandolin and had great results. Amazing for under forty bucks.
  7. If you want to try something neat and inexpensive, try a Naint X-Q omni condenser for $39. I tried mine on a Martin dreadnaught just for giggles and was quite surprised at how natural the mic sounded. Of course, being an omni you need a good room.. But it sounded better than my Oktava MK-012, Shure SM81, CAD CM17's or the lone MXL 991 I can't understand why I haven't thrown away yet...
  8. Actually an SM 57 would be a good mic for you. You might also want to check out Global Audio GLS 57 mics, which are very inexpensive clones of the 57..they sell for $30 each and make good instrument and vocal mics. I bought a couple on a whim and they work pretty darn well. A 57 can make a decent vocal mic too.. I would suggest buying a CAD M177 LD mic ($80) and a GLS 57 ($30) and you can record just about anything you do for under $115.
  9. I just picked up a pair of Naiant small condenser mics for a client. Unbelievable.. And they cost $22 each. I tried them out in the studio as overheads, on acoustic guitar, both a Martin and a Taylor and was really impressed. They sounded better than my Octava MC-012 and Shure SM81's.. Did I mention they are $22 each? They are omni's and way cool.
  10. I think Terry is correct. And in my mind the fact the public is used to the volume of the music is more and more of a problem, and has spilled over to live music. Live music systems have gotten progressively bigger and louder in order to recreate the music with the same volume and punch folks are used to hearing on the radio and in their headphones. After a while everything just sounds.....loud. Detail and dynamics are going away fast.
  11. Does anyone notice that modern music has the staying power of a manure gnat today? I listen to modern rock and roll and even though I sound like my dad, it all sounds the same. And checking the wave forms of some of the tunes explains why... 2 X 4 music.
  12. The only problem I can see is with the weight of the mic and the boom extended tipping the truck over. I would think it wouldn't require a lot of effort to take off all the body work and glue on some lead counter weights to get the center of gravity lower. But my first and most urgent thought was....Hmmmm...what an interesting thought process..who'd a thunk it.
  13. Thank you for your help. Unfortunately I don't know how to pan the left or right in mono. The best I could do is record a track in mono, then bounce it to stereo, then bring up the left or right volume (while turning the other down), and then bouncing that back to mono. That's all I really know how to do. I just started recording, so this is new to me. I am now starting to record vocals- which is probably going to get even harder. Thanks for your help You should have a "pan" control in just about any recording program or recorder. What are you using? As has been said, most sources such as guitar, vocals, bass, etc. are mono sources and should be recorded in mono and panned for effect. I record keyboards as two mono sources since when I record a stereo track, I can't pan either side, only the track. But, you should not be turning your speakers up and down to achieve stereo balance, it should be done in your recording program or mixer or stand alone unit. First thing would be to read how to use your equipment instead of asking how to work around something that is normally basic recording functions.
  14. That's always looke like an interesting mic to me, too, though I've never used one. I have one of CAD's older (and then-considerably more expensive) mics, an Equitek II -- also a dual diaphragm multi-pattern and, indeed, it is a very flat, accurate seeming mic. I used to use it on everything from classical guitar to voiceovers. (I had a radio journalist client who loved it.) I have and use AT 40407/4050 and Rode NT2 mics. I have also compared my M179 to AKG C3000B and Shure KSM 32's at live events. The CAD holds it's own against all of them. I think for the money it is an incredible mic. Currently I am recording all my band rehearsals with the M179 set on wide cardioid in a corner of the room and we sound like the old early Ray Charles sessions. Pretty cool mic..again, for the bucks.
  15. I like the CAD M179 with it's variable pattern. It seems to sound exactly like whatever I put it in front of.
  16. I am amazed at the credibility the members of this forum have given this person. Seems like it would have been easier to ignore the first silly post than try to have a discussion on the merits. Personally, I agree with the premise that this is a high school kid now on summer vacation with very little else to do but create this kind of reaction. We are into four pages of response?
  17. Hmmm... I am wondering, why the rant? I am always suspicious of chest thumpers.
  18. Well... I finally figured out how to master my stuff perfectly and the "experts" WERE all wrong. I went down to Staples and got me an "EASY" button.. Ha...fools.. Now I just push the button. Mastering is easy....
  19. So one of my monitors was hummin when I plugged it in. I turned it on and it really hummed, so I quickly turned everything off. Checked all the wiring, unhooked it plugged it in on it's own and it still does it. I'm figuring something inside it has gone bad. it's no longer under warranty and have no idea what's up with it? Should I try to deal with Event, a tech, or cut my losses and look for a new one? any help is appreciated. It could be something as small as a broken ground wire. You might try having a tech look at it. You might also contact Event and see what they suggest, it might be cheaper than buying a new set of speakers.
  20. GZsound

    Event 20/20 V2

    I record rock and roll, bluegrass, acoustic music, radio voice over, singer songwriters and do a lot of remastering. Been playing and recording for over forty years. These speakers simply sound great and I consider them a real bargain.
  21. GZsound

    CAD M179

    The M179 is a large diaphragm condenser with multiple pattern selection, pad and low frequency roll off. I have been considering getting another AT 4047, but started reading about the M179 and thought it would be worth a try at the price. I have used it on acoustic guitars, male and female vocals and sax so far. What you put into this mic is exactly what you get out of it. Very clean, unhyped, smooth response. I would highly recommend this mic to anyone looking in the sub $1,000 mic category. Other mics certainly have their place and color the sound, but if you want pure accurate reproduction of your source, this mic is hard to beat. I have decided to get another and use them for drum overheads. The only problem encountered with the mic is that most of my mic cables didn't fit. Only cables with Switchcraft XLR ends would connect to the mic. Neutriks, the cheapo's from Musicians Friend, etc. were too fat and would not work.. very strange. I don't know if it's poor quality control or I just got a fluke mic.. That is a minor inconvenience compared to the quality of the mic itself.
  22. As soon as I see a difference in the finished product that shows a definative difference between major audio software programs, I'll consider getting the program that creates the best sound. Until that happens, use what you like, use what you can afford and rest assured there is no difference whatsoever in the finished product..
  23. CAD M179. Rode NT1a. AT 2020, Studio Projects mics, etc. There are a lot of "decent" sub $300 mics that will do a passable job on vocals. I suggest a search and then start looking at reviews.
  24. Originally posted by UstadKhanAli That's pretty funny. That's sort of like the example that someone else gave using Rush waveforms, where they progressively look more and more like 2x4s. And apparently they have the dynamic range of a 2 X 4 also.
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