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My Korg MR1 stereo mic

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Imaginaryday, Jul 6, 2008.

  1. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    greetings all,

    my MR1's bundled mics don't do it justice. I'd like to replace with quality stereo mics to strengthen the link. i am willing to spend up to $600.
    any suggestions?

    thank you.
  2. Greener

    Greener Guest

    But because you ask.
    The Japanese go in for,
    marketing in such,
    a predictable way man...
    Don't sell it with microphones.
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Well, you live in my neck of the woods and for $300 per microphone, you can actually get something decent. Your choices are broad. So broad that it would be helpful to know what kind of music you intend to record with your wonderful DSD, single bit recorder? Choral? Orchestral? Guitar & vocal? Do you need a stereo pair or 2 different types? And you know, there really isn't much in the way of plug-ins for single bit recordings? You'll have to convert over to 192/96/88.2/48/44.1kHz sampling & 16 bit to get it on to a CD in PCM. Great for archival purposes. It don't sound like PCM! The closest digital to analog sound I've heard yet. Yeah baby!

    I'm really not hot on any large diaphragm Chinese condenser microphones with thin 1.5 mil to 3 mil diaphragms. Way too bright and crunchy for that quality format. In that respect, I'd recommend an AT or, AKG as they both have plenty of good microphones in your price range. You just have to know what you want large or small single or multidirectional?

    I always thought one bit made more sense than 16.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    The biggest problem with external mics for the MR1 is the mini-jacks. Granted, they are balanced (thankfully) and of relatively decent quality, your connections are always going to be a little bit of a problem.

    However, for $600, there are quite a few choices. AKG BlueLines can be found used for that cost, as can the older 451s (which, IMO ROCK and are far cheaper and more flexible than the current breed). Also the Rode NT4, NT5, NT55 are all good choices.

    What are you recording??

    Since you're in Remy's neck of the woods, you're also in mine...I'd be willing to let you try a few of my lesser-expensive mics with it and let you see what you think. (You'd have to provide the trs-mini to XLR adapters.)

  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    BTW Greener...
    nice Haiku...

    There are a few extra lines there...
    Oh...and the MR1 has a bundled mic, just not a great one.
  6. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Yeah I stuffed my first attempt, went 7-5-7... Lame.
    So I changed it to a different style 5-7-5-7-7.
    But it's lost a lot of its meaning.

    I always prefer a nice short 5-7-5.

    Canvasing a group
    Of intellectual buyers
    Is smart business.
  7. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    thanks to my neighbors ;-)

    i do orchestral and small quartet north african music recordings (percussive, bass and acoustic/nylon guitars).

    i picked up a brand new matched rode stereo nt5 pair...i could not pass up the $300. price (for the pair)
    hopefully, these mics will sound good with my portico pre.

    thank you cucco for the offer. very kind of you.
  8. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    The NT5s should sound good through the Portico. If you expect to feed the output of the Portico into the MR1, you will need 20dB attenuators in the XLR to minijack leads. The FS level for the MR1 line setting is only +6dBV (roughly +8dBu).
  9. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Boz beat me to it. Definitely get the inline attenuators (or make a pair).

    I'd imagine that the NT5s with a Portico and the MR1 would be a phenomenal sounding unit.
  10. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    Boswell, cucco

    any of these any good?


  11. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    I'd personally go with either the Shure or the Proco.

    Both should be available (either in stock or on order) from Washington Music (Chuck Levins) in Wheaton.
  12. Imaginaryday

    Imaginaryday Active Member

    cucco, that was freaking fast reply! i will be visiting wmc this friday.


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