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TOP TEN MICS EVER?

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by Kurt Foster, Mar 5, 2003.

  1. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    List your top ten favorite mics of all time. I will use newer models as a suggestion guide for the Review page. If you want to list older favorites that's cool too! Discuss ..... Fats
     
  2. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    I really would like to know the quality/application of the most famous Neumann Mics and their clones as well.

    Cedar, I am a big fan of the models At4050 ( got 3) and GT55 (got one).
    :)
     
  3. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    1. sm57
    2. Elam250/251
    3. U47
    4. C12
    5. M50
    6. U67
    7. U87
    8. 414
    9. 421
    10. D12e
    ..oops..need more than ten...better make it 20 at least..
    11. RE20
    12. Km86
    13. KM84
    14. KM88
    15. SM7
    16. 409
    17. 441
    18. 451
    19. 77
    20. 44
    .....more,more, more...
    21. Coles 4038
    22. Royer 121
    ..ect...
     
  4. byacey

    byacey Active Member

    1 C414
    2 KM86
    3 RE20
    4 C451
    5 Sony C38
    6 SM57
    7 SM55
    8 C460
    9 SM81
    10 421

    Bill Y.
     
  5. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    1. Earthworks QTC1
    2. RE20
    3. KSM44
    4. KSM32
    5. SM57
    6. TLM103
    7. MD421
    Most are out of order except for #1.

    Mics I have but don't tend to use:
    KM184 (the Earthworks always win)
    U87 (1 out of 5 times it is great the rest of the time it is toooooo bright and harsh.)
     
  6. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Sorry I posted the top 10 I own, not ever.
     
  7. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Steve, Go ahead and list your top ten picks of all time if you don't mind? I value your oppinion. Kurt
     
  8. cjenrick

    cjenrick Active Member

    Wow, the 89 dollar SM57 on a lot of lists! How do they do it!
     
  9. NeonCactus

    NeonCactus Guest

    Bruel & Kjauer 4011 (The best Hi Hat mic)
    Coles 4038 (Amazing do everything even with high SPL's mic)
    AKG 414 TLII (Same capsule as a C12 but not tube)
    Neumann Tlm 170r ( Best Tom mic known to man)
    or at least in my opinion
    Neumann M149 (Perfect and versatile for almost every vocal application-but not limited to)
    Audio Technica 4060 ( Best 1200 tube mic i've ever heard)
    Sony C800 (Do I need to say)
    Sennheiser 421 ( Amazing dynamic mic-workhorse)
    AKG D112, and D12 ( Great Kick Drum mics
    And last but not least - Da 57 just because
    I love rock music and well there isn't much rock
    that is not using this cheapie but goodie!
     
  10. MPlancke

    MPlancke Member

    Unfortunately AKG has never reconstructed the brass CK12 capsule. The capsule in the subsequent C12VR and 414's are teflon caps that have been "tuned" to sort of sound like it's brass capsuled cousin, but misses the mark by a long shot. Of course AKG doesn't seem to think this is the case. :eek:

    Mark
     
  11. spratz

    spratz Guest

    Keep in mind that I am on a budget. This is in no specific order...

    TLM-103 (with the VMP-2)
    Marshall 2001 with Royer mod.
    AT 4050
    Green Bullet
    SM-7
    SM-57
    Beyer M-88
    EV RE-20
    421
    Audix OM-3xb (I really like the way it sounds on my voice)

    jason
     
  12. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    These would have to be only the top ten that i've used or heard the direct results just after use...in no order whatever
    SM-81
    SM-57
    SM58
    PE-50
    U87i
    MD-421
    MD-441
    AKG-451
    U-67
    SM-7
    the second ten would look like this
    MD-409
    D-12
    C-17
    AKG 4050
    A-51
    Beyer M-500
    Beyer 422
    D-1 Audix
    D-4 Audix
    RE-20
    so much for 'lists'
     
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