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Oktava MK012 -vs- Rode NT5

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by geronimosailor, Sep 29, 2006.

  1. Does anyone have comparison advise for these two condenser mics? I am looking for a pair, mainly to mic upright piano. As I live in Australia it is cheaper for me to buy NT5s though the reviews I have read seem to favour the MK012s.
     
  2. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    The trouble with comparisons to the 012s is that there is significant variation between individual mics, and with the chinese versions out on the market now ... :-?

    I have a pair of 012s that are pretty close and a third that is quite a bit different. I haven't done enough comparison work to quantify the differences.

    I also have a pair of NT5s and do not consider them inferior mics to the 012s - just different. The Rodes are certainly brighter than the Oktavas, but I don't consider them overly bright.

    I can share some samples of NT5 recordings, but they are mixed files, not the raw recordings. While I have used the NT5s on a piano before, it was a grand and I put very little of those mics into the mix - there was enough piano in the main pair for that recording.

    http://www.cheap-tracks.com/mp3/cheap-tracks_b&b_sample.mp3
    NT5s XY on Hammered Dulcimer

    http://www.cheap-tracks.com/mp3/cheap-tracks_uui_12-19-04_sample2.mp3
    012s ORTF on orchestra

    http://www.cheap-tracks.com/mp3/CrowsDream01.mp3
    NT5s XY on Choir

    [edit] I started to question the NT5s on Orchestra on the second sample (I corrected it) - see this thread {old-link-removed} . The NT5s were the main pair for the choir and 012s were on the orchestra. Here's another sample from the same performance that features the choir.
    http://www.cheap-tracks.com/mp3/cheap-tracks_uui_12-19-04_sample1.mp3
    [/edit]
     
  3. Thanks so much for your effort in replying. The MP3s sound great and I can see that both these condensers can be used to great advantage. Do you think I could do better for a piano recording mic, keeping in this price range?
     
  4. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    The Studio Projects C4s might be worth considering - they come with Omni and Cardioid capsules in a matched pair. I've never used them, but they are also supposed to be good "bang-for-the-buck" microphones.
     
  5. Sidhu

    Sidhu Active Member

    I imported the 012's from the soundroom. These mics (sound-room) go through stringent QC's and are also more expensive. The stereo pairs are matched.

    http://www.sound-room.com

    While i have not heard the NT4, I find the 012's very usefull for drum OH application. For acoustic guitars i often find them too bright, am planning to get a pair of the Kel mics for a while now. I usually run these mics through the TFpro mic pres on the Emu audiodock.

    Cheers!
    Sidhu
     

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