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General recording mic reco

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by smitty42, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. smitty42

    smitty42 Member

    Specific recording mic reco

    Hello! Semi-newbie looking for general microphone recommendations. Here are my needs/budget:

    Home studio recording, mostly of solo acoustic guitar/voice - no need to push the sound forward through a heavy mix
    Warm, woody
    Inclined towards transparent/natural but a bit of colour is acceptable if it contributes to warmth
    Not an overly hyped high end, not overly airy, not overly aggressive
    Some sense of space? (Not sure that I fully understand what that word means haha)
    Probably a condenser, but open to your recommendations
    Small/large diaphragm: as per your recommendations
    Omni/cardioid both fine, not hypercardioid
    Budget up to about $500 street

  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    You ought to own some in each of these categories and as long as you're willing to save up for each purchase these are my baseline recommendations. Go cheap and go home but $500 is a good starting point.

    LDC=AT4050 (used price). I don't recommend LDC mic's under $500 MAP.

    Ribbon=Royer R101, but within your budget the Avantone CR14 based on the Dawg's recent experiences.

    SDC=Rode NT55 or a used pair of AKG C391B (omni caps are CK92).
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Since John recommended a quality ribbon, I won't bother with saying Shure SM58. Need more top end? Beta 58.

    I like microphones that don't cost more than $100 each
    Mx. Remy Ann David
  4. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Oops. I did forget moving coil dynamic. My 19mo breaks my concentration sometimes! Remy is keeping me on my toes. I agree with her sage advice so tack on the following:

    Shure SM57/58 & Heil PR30/40.

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