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microphones for Brass etc.

Discussion in 'Brass' started by Clive Banks, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. Clive Banks

    Clive Banks Guest

    hello. I am looking for a good to great microphone capable of handling closed miked Brass. something that can handle high sound pressure levels.
    any recommendations? no dealers please.
  2. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
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    U87's and the RCA ribbons (d77, Dx77, etc) are the traditional mics for brass. you may want to try an AEA ribbon:

    Another mic you may want to try is a Rode K2- I've used them with good results, though I still prefer my old RCA D77- I am sure there are many othe options out there and other members will chime in- These are wonderful times for getting great new mics
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Distinguished Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    MD421, TLM170, AT4060, U67, R122 have all been good to me for brass/sax. Many mics can work well.
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Moderator

    Feb 23, 2005
    I love the "No dealers please"! I have a "6-pack" of ATs for brass on my live recording gigs.(3) AT825s for the bones, (3)AT823s for the trumpets. Plus a Beyer M160 for a trumpet soloist I work with. Gots to have my RE-20s for saxes (bari,bari good!), and 421s on the others. I wanna get a nice Royer before I die...but that won't see a live gig.
  5. davedarling

    davedarling Guest

    I'll second anything wit a ribbon in it. Coles, rca 44 or 77 (both work great)
    and Royer (very popular lately)

    If you can't get a ribbon, try an RE-20, SM-7, or in a pinch, an LDC slightly off axis above the bell.

    good luck - dave darling
  6. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    "Good"(Pretty darned good, actually) would be a Shure SM57.

    It's all uphill - price/quality-wise - with ever diminishing returns for your dollar spent, from there.

    Though there is the Audio Technica 29HE..? Which, generally, costs even less than the Shure... There are a hundred mics that would do as well or "better".

    SM57. Expensive? No. Cheap? No. Unbeatable? Well, no. But, if you're going to try spending big money for a dedicated brass mic, you should have one of these just to compare the "good stuff" with! Otherwise, you might never know how much "better" whatever you buy actually is......

  7. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA
    Definitely Beyer M130 or M160! Either will do.

    FWIW, I tried a far more expensive ribbon (rhymes with Voyuer) and far preferred the Beyer to it. (at less than 1/4 the price, that ain't bad!!!)

    It will work on all brass except horn and maybe tuba - depends on the style...

  8. garynameischanged

    garynameischanged Active Member

    Dec 20, 2005
    Orange County, Ca.
    U87 gets my vote, no question.

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