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I'm thinking of getting some new mics...

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by stickers, Dec 19, 2005.

  1. stickers

    stickers Active Member

    Drum roll...

    Rode K2
    Beyerdynamic 160
    Sennheiser 421

    I've read lots of people use the 421 on guitar and bass cabs and toms and horns too.

    The Beyer 160 for acoustic and sax.

    The rode K2 seems to be getting lots of good reviews to for vocals and just about anything..

    Any input on these mics would be great.
  2. McCheese

    McCheese Well-Known Member

    The 421 is pretty much a no-brainer. You can't go wrong having one (or four) of those in your locker. I love the sound of it on a Marshall cab for heavy guitar. I've never used the K2, but there is a lot of good word on them, and I may also be looking to pick one up soon. The Beyer I know jack about.
  3. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    421 is great- can't go wrong there- like mccheese says if you can get 3 or 4 for toms :D
    K2 I use a lot- male vocals at 11:00 am- female vocs at around 9 am or 3 pm has been working for me. stereo pair good on percussion. Forget it on acouctic guitar- there's better mics for that. Ok on guitar cabs though i prefer a 57- really a good overall mic- beyer I have no idea... 8)
  4. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    The Beyer M160 is my new favorite mic! So far it has sounded great on everything from drums to sax, and if I point it at my guitar cab it sounds exactly like it does in the room :D

    Not used it for vocals yet (apart from a voice over), but I will probably try it before my valve LDC next time.. 8)
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Well, as stated above - all of those mics are terrific.

    For Vox, I agree, the K2 is nice. With higher pitched or higher-overtoned stuff, I go more in the direction of omni, it fills it out nicely. With lower stuff, I go closer to fig-8.

    The 421 is a necessity. You could record anything in the world with 421s. (Yeah, there are better mics for most jobs, but the 421 does well on almost everything!)

    The Beyer (the 160 or the 130) is a GREAT choice. It's a tad dark sounding, so for female voice, have the EQ handy. Other than that though, I can't imagine much of a better mic anywhere near that price. Well, except for the K2. But, I should say that I could use the M130 on far more things than I could the K2. (Yeah, I know, you asked about the 160, but I use the 130. They're identical except their patterns though - same elements, same circuits...)

    I haven't found a source that the Beyer WOULDN'T work on yet.

  6. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    I wouldn't recomend it on the kick drum though.. :shock:
  7. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
    Okay... 1 source...

    BTW - it's a thing of beauty on snare and toms!
  8. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    I know, its taking me every inch of self control to stop me buying another so I have a pair for stereo overheads.. if I didn't like my Rode NT5s so much I would have caved in by now! :lol:

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