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ADK Mics, any opinions?

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by lorenzo gerace, Feb 21, 2004.

  1. lorenzo gerace

    lorenzo gerace Active Member

    I've searched the forum for an answer, but those I found were not that much exaustive, so I'm asking directly:

    anybody of you tried some ADK mics (particulary the SC-1 or SC-2 small dia models)? How did you like them?

    I could get the two I mentioned for a bargain price, less than a 57 and so I was wondering if for that price it would be worth it to add a pair of small dia condenser to my mic locker (a new mic is never a bad thing anyway).

    I've also been impressed by the tube models, like the A-48, the price seems good, so good I was a bit skeptical about quality.

    Thanx for your feedback.

  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I have two SC1's.They have a bit wider pattern than other lower priced Small condensers.They have a bit of a rise in the upper mids,as do most low priced small condensers,
    I use them for drum overheads,acoustic guitars,as a spot mic for banjo(I like a large diaphram for this)I like them on mandolins.While they are not they best, as drum overs they do something that others I've used do not do.They dont seem to 'load' up on the cymbals and toms.The separation is really quite good and I have found this to be a trait on most ADK's,large diaphrams included.I use my A51's as overs also.As for acoustic guitars they are quite usable.I recently tracked a bunch of acoustics,for our record,and had the SC1's and a set of 451L's.Through a True Systems P2 Analog pre there was a difference in the response of the two mics but not a difference in quality.Both made usable sounds.These are not Earthworks or KM84's but for the price they are very usable.
  3. tonio

    tonio Guest

    DD, can you expand on " not loaded" ?
    I've been thinkning ADK's lately. Especially the TL. TC.

  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Yeah thats simple...In a drum set there are a lot of frequencies that are very similar in tone and intensity, and its hard to get really clear separation at times when theres a lot going on.Its then that the frequencies begin to layer themselves and make it a hard task to achieve clarity at mixdown.This I call 'loading'..ie loading of frequencies....The ADK's frequency response curve seems to combat this in drum tracking and the overheads tend to be clear and clean in these particular ranges of drums and drumsets...also percussion.In short the ADKs seem to like drum stuff a lot without being brittle and in a dense drum part, keep the separation of cymbals and skins to a point that sounds great.Makes for easy mixing IMHO.
  5. tonio

    tonio Guest

    Gotcha Dave. I guess having a fast preamp would help also.
  6. Live-Audio

    Live-Audio Active Member

    Haven't used the small diaphragms myself but have sold a few. One customer, a church uses them to record their choir and have reported great success. I use the TL on classical guitar and the base model A51 on choirs with a touring client. Couldn't be happier. The TL in particular has been outstanding. To boot, Larry Villela, ADK's owner is a good guy. Their customer service has been real good.
  7. lorenzo gerace

    lorenzo gerace Active Member

    Thanx for the feeback so far.

    I'm thinking about getting a pair of the SD to have a couple of mics more in several situations where I need to track various sources at once: I'm going to record a large string section (14 to 16 pieces) for one of the next projects, so I just wanted to supplement my main stereo pair and the other mics I use (piano, double bass...) with some spot mics; if the quality of those ADK is good I could use them as sections spots over second violins or violas.

    What do you think?

  8. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I dont think you'll be at all unhappy with the ADK's as extra mics.They sound really good for the money.And yeah, Larry is a real good guy.

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