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looking for some infos on chinese mics

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by XYZ, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. XYZ

    XYZ Guest

    i heard that the chinese are making great copies of the old u87 47 etc etc etc etc
    does anyone know more about it?co names links etc etc ?
  2. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    They are making copies all-right. Great -- no. Very usable still though. Just check any music shop around, the low-priced stuff is all made in China, although few does advertise it as openly as Studio Projects.

  3. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Kel HM-1. I hear that it is damn close to the U87 and only $99.
  4. XYZ

    XYZ Guest

    thank you i ll check it out
  5. audiofreqs

    audiofreqs Guest

  6. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    The HM-1 is a SDC ... I don't know why they would be compared to the U87.
  7. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Ok...it's not a U87...never said it was, but according to a lot of reviews it has been compared to the U87 with great feedback.
  8. sproll

    sproll Active Member

    And they're Canadian, EH? 8)
  9. XYZ

    XYZ Guest

    ok so who makes the Kel HM-1 ?
    and whats the name of the other one?
    any links?
  10. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    KEL at kelaudio.com
    and project studios i dont know there address but if you look around here (in the reveiws) your find it.

    i highly recomend the KELs
  11. XYZ

    XYZ Guest

    thank you :lol:
  12. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    http://www.studioprojects.com and http://www.kelaudio.com

    I think it may have been my remarks that Arthur is referring to. Have some other people said that too Arthur?

    I would be interested to hear if there are others who are hearing the same thing which is, when compared side by side (same take, same vocalist, 9098 pres) I noticed that the HM-1 sounded very similar to my U87ai ... not exactly but close enough that it would be hard to tell the difference if you were listening in the context of a whole song, instead of A / B ing them side by side.
  13. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    I saw you mention comparing to the U87ai, but before that from a studio owner out here in Illinois compared them to Neumann, but I'm not sure what model. After ordering 1 of the HM-1's he ordered 3 more. He likes them on vocals, toms, and guitar cabs.

    I also have a buddy of mine who has some nice mics of all types including Neumann, Royer, Groove Tubes, Shure..etc and he said that the Kel has a place right next to em...no b.s. Yes I realize that comparing ribbons, condensers, and dynamics is comparing apples to oranges, but he said that the Kel mics hold their own next to the big boys for their intended purpose.

    Once I get more pres I think I'm going to get a matched pair.
  14. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Thanks Art ... I need to hear stuff like that for the review .. anyone else who's heard the HM-1's have any thoughts?
  15. XYZ

    XYZ Guest

    what about mic made by studio projects like the t3?
    any comments on them?
  16. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    You got me there....I hear Studio Projects makes good stuff, but haven't had a chance to use it.
  17. booinec

    booinec Guest

    The SE brand seems to be getting decent reviews in the popular trade magazines (S O S, Recording). Anyone using the SE 2200 or SE-1As to good effect?
  18. Duardo

    Duardo Guest

    None of the cheap Chinese condensers have really held up for me over a long period of time...typically they'll sound good when I first put them up on a vocalist, but their weaknesses tend to show when they're hit with anything with dynamic content in either extreme, as well as there often seems to be something funky going on in the higher frequencies that is exacerbated especially when any sort of high shelving EQ's are applied (especially when compared to a U87 or other higher-end microphones). But I haven't heard them all and certainly can't speak for all of them.

  19. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    i have had the chance to compare a Kel HM-1 to a U87ai side by side. in cardioid, in a close miking scenario such as vocals, they sound almost identical to my ear. of course you don't get the multi patterns and the roll offs but you do get to keep three thousand dollars.
  20. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    OMG, this is astonishing, and in some ways disturbing or concerning and maybe even hard to believe. But that could be because I don't want to think or support more Chinese in my home. I sold 4 Kel mics to Davedog and recently sold my U87ai. I never even tested the Kels out. Maybe I should have!

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