Stereo pair of mics with different pickup patterns?

Discussion in 'Location Recording' started by dickiefunk, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. dickiefunk

    dickiefunk Active Member


    I have just finished a location recording session with a classical vocal sextet and really enjoyed the whole experience and am really very inspired to do a lot more of these in the future. For this session I borrowed a pair of Rode NT5 SDC's and Audio Technica AT4040 LDC's. Now that I have decided to pursue doing more mobile/location classical recordings I will need to buy my own mics. My budget is around £450 for a stereo pair and I would like the option of different pickup patterns etc.

    Firstly should I buy a pair of small diaphragm condensers or large diaphragm condensers and why?

    Having had a quick look around I'm interested in :-


    JZ Microphones BT201/1s pair + cardiod capsules (I would need to add additional capsules when I've saved up for them)
    Oktava MK012 pair + cardioid, hyper cardioid, omni and -10db capsules :- £382
    Rode NT55 pair + cardioid and omni capsules :- £455



    CAD M179 pair multi pattern :- £370
    Rode NT1000 pair multi pattern :- 438
    Rode NT2a pair multi pattern :- £450 pair

    What would you recommend?
  2. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    You need to skip the large condensers right now. You should also forget about multiple pattern pencils in your price range. You have beau coups to learn yet. For this type of recording you need a pair of sdc cardioid pattern or a stereo Blumlein ribbon. If you go the sdc route you need to learn coincident stereo patterns and how they are affected by position, height, slap back echo, excessive reverb etc. You could start with Oktava or Rode but if your goal is to get paid then you need better.

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  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    When you do finally need room mics you will be better served for classical music with omni and then cardioid.

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  4. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    The NT55s are reasonable mics for their price. The pair I have get more use with their omni capsules either in an A-B configuration or else as outriggers to a centre pair rather than with their cardioid capsules, as I also have higher-quality SDCs that do not have the option of swapping to omni capsules.

    You have to be a little careful with the Rodes on singing voices, particularly those voices with a tendency to be strident, as you can get a tiring edge to the sound in the 2.5 - 3.5 KHz range that EQ does not remove without destroying the character of the voice.
  5. dickiefunk

    dickiefunk Active Member

    Yes I did hear the frequency boost you mention with the Rodes. I am very interested to find out more about the JZ BT-201 mics!

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