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high frequency capture on a budget

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by its_jon, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. its_jon

    its_jon Active Member

    Are there any small condenser mics under £100 with a flat response from 2000 to 20.000 .....

    Are we talking rode M3 ? or anything else out there

    Under 2000 response not an issue in this case...im only interested in the best quality over 2000


    prefer the mics to be black as well LOL :)
    any advice much appreciated.
  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    You don't state how small, or whether you need a cardioid or omni directional pattern. From the way you phrase your question, I'm also guessing this microphone is not going to be used for music.

    In the cardioid group, the Rode M3 is cheap and cheerful, and available in black. There have been posters on this forum who like the AKG Perception 170, but I prefer the Rode. The Sontronics STC-1 has had some praise, but I've never tried one.

    In the omni group, one of the few products from a certain German company that is worth investigating is the ECM8000 measurement microphone. The Samson MM01 is a similar product.
  3. its_jon

    its_jon Active Member

    The Sontronics STC-1 appears to have very low self noise for a small condenser ?

    I was thinking about using cheaper small condensers for close miking transient detail alongside a pair of expensive large condensers capturing the overall stereo image....

    I'll look into the STC-1 now.... thanks !.... looks really interesting
  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Well, you have to be a little careful about spot miking using low-cost condenser microphones. The STC-1 has a marked bump at around 8KHz, and if you don't watch it, this is what may come through into the main mix as a jangly tizz, even at the lower levels needed for a spot. As well as using EQ, you could reduce the audible effects of this by applying a delay on the spot channel appropriate for the difference in distance of the main and spot mics from the source, so the ear does not hear the spot first.

    Since as I mentioned I have never to my knowledge used any Sontronics mics, I hope that others with some experience of them will chime in, although they seem to be mainly a UK product.

    I see the STC-1 is available in black, and also Sontronics currently have an offer of interchangeable cardioid, hypercardioid and omni capsules all in the price. They advertise a try/buy from the (UK) main office, so it would be worth giving them a go.
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    "Cheap" SDC and "flat response" don't belong in the same paragraph. Cheap microphones are engineered with that high bump on purpose because too many newbies think it gives more presence. If cheap is the defining word then you need to find the least objectionable mic that takes consistently takes EQ well.

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