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Got my first Condenser! AKG Perception 200

Discussion in 'Recording' started by cluster, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. cluster

    cluster Guest

    I'd been looking for a condenser mic with a high SPL due to the fact that I record metal with mostly screamed vocals.
    I'd been using an SM57 for a long while (only mic I owned before the AKG, use it to mic up my my Peavey 5150) and the darker high end didn't really do it for me for vocals. Felt like I had to do too much work in the mix because it didn't sit that well with everything else, had to compress the $*^t out of the vocals and apply a fair amount of EQ.

    So, I'd heard this mic was very good quality considering how much it costed, so I picked one up.
    Of course, I'm not a good judge of quality because I've only worked with a few mics, SM57's and 58's at home, and a couple of mics at college (Rode NT-1a's and M-Audio Solaris' as drum overheads [that I really don't get along with, seems to have a terrible un-tamable high end]) but to my ears, this mic is incredible for the money. My range of screams and growls is everything from extremely low pitched "cookie monster" vocals up to Randy Blythe-esque shrieks, and everything in between. Bright enough to have enough clarity to sit in the mix with very little work without being harsh.

    For clean vocals it works very nicely aswell, but I haven't tested as much as I have with screams/growls, as that's more my style.ยง

    For the price I paid for it, I couldn't be any happier. Plus the -10db pad and bass roll-off have showed their usefulness already.

    I highly recommend this mic to other people on extremely tight budgets.

    (Btw, I run this into an ART Tube MP with the stock tube, then into the line input of my Yamaha UW500 interface)
     
  2. Don13

    Don13 Guest

    Cluster,
    I agree. It's a hard mic to beat in that price range. It's lacking in sonic accuracy just a bit but I find the tonal coloration to be pretty flattering. I find myself reaching for more expensive mics when I want to record vocals but I still often match it with a 57 on heavily distorted guitar tracks. Also, you're right - it handles very high SPLs - another plus for recording guitars. To find better sounding mics you have to step up in price quite a bit. I'd say it really outpunches it's weight.
    Don13
     
  3. AnomalyAlecB

    AnomalyAlecB Active Member

    We bought this mic for our studio, as we did not have any sort of powerful vocal mic before this one. I was quite pleased with it as well, and I believe my friend who bought it cut a deal to get it for around $70. Definitely good for the price.
     

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