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allaround mic for usd 400

Discussion in 'Recording' started by zouwi, Mar 6, 2007.

  1. zouwi

    zouwi Guest

    Hi, this is my first post here, so please forgive me if this is in wrong area.

    I need a mic that is good for micing an alto saxophone and a piano and it should be at least moderately suitable for live situations. So far I've thought about Shure ksm 137 or AKG 451, but are there some other good alternatives? I play the sax by myself, so I don't mind if I need to make some bulky clamp to bell if it just sounds good and keeps the mic there. I'd also prefer if it works on percussions or strings, but they are not absolutely requred, just nice. I know that it is impossible to achieve anything "good" on a single mic with that price, but let's see what happens. I just don't have enough money to buy several mics.
     
  2. drumist69

    drumist69 Active Member

    $400 will get you an EV RE20. $350 will get a Sennheiser MD421. Something along those lines, maybe. ANDY
     
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Welcome!!

    Andy's spot on. Of course, the mics you mention will be fine too. (I like the Shure myself.)

    BTW - you don't want to mic a sax at the bell. You will only get some serious honking. You will want to mike from a distance of 2-3 feet and angle the mic so that as much of the sax is directly on axis as possible.

    Cheers!!
    J
     
  4. James686

    James686 Guest

    I like the audio technica 4040 condensor mic.
    it is warm- just all around quality mic ive used for acoustic instruments and vocals
     
  5. James686

    James686 Guest

    I like the audio technica 4040 condensor mic.
    it is warm- just all around quality mic ive used for acoustic instruments and vocals
     
  6. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    AT 4050! I use mine on tenor and alto regularly. It's multi pattern, so extra usefulness there too. Puts you halfway to MS micing for piano or live work.
     

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