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Is it necessary to match mics to be used in stereo?

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by Hawkeye, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Active Member

    I have a Rode NT1 (not the newer NT1A) and am pretty happy with it. I have a ART Pro MPA and ART Pro VLA and am interested in doing a little stereo tracking (upright piano, acoustic guitar)

    I have thought about getting a pair of the Kel HM1's but was thinking that maybe I should should just ante up for another NT1 and then go for a more expensive mic for other applications lateron like a AT4050 or Rode K2. I can pick up a brand new NT1 at a local shop for $200 Cdn plus tax with shockmount.

    My question is, if I buy another NT1, they will not be a matched pair. How important is this for a home studio?
  2. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    No problem what-so-ever for typical usage. Matching becomes important in recording symphony orchestras and such. Typical studio use, say OH-s for drums, or two mics on a guitar, matching is very unimportant.

    Now, this is a bit dependant on the actual mic of course. Rode-s are rather close to each other due to the quality control. Some chinese mics may be very different from one to another.

  3. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    The problem with the nt1's is that they changed the capsule when they were being manufactured and Rode didn't let the people know- I have an original nt1 (circa 1998 or so) which sounds pretty good and then I bought another Nt1 around 2002 which didn't sound so good- I don'rt know which year they changed the capsule or even how you can tell (except using the ears, of course) I got rid of the second Nt1 and still have the original, which is used ocasionally now...
  4. Hawkeye

    Hawkeye Active Member

    I'm back. Maintiger, that is actually quite useful information. I think I may be tempted to buy a couple of the Kel Audio HM1's for stereo tracking, although I am somewhat concerned that they may be "too much of a good thing" if paired with my ART Pro MPA which tends to sound fairly warm and laid back (like the HM1's are suppsed to). I don't want too many additive colourations in the same direction.

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