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Types of Mics needed to get professional sound

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by robzzz, Nov 15, 2007.

  1. robzzz

    robzzz Guest

    Ive been in a band for 2 years and we have 3 members; 1 vocalist/electric guitar, 1 bass player, 1 drummer... we have an emx5014c mixer, and two yamaha br-15 speakers, the music we play is mostly hard rock/punkish/scremo.....we will be using a mac book to record......can anyone recommend professional mics for vocals, guitar, bass,and hi-hat mics....
  2. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member


    It takes more than "professional" mics to get a professional sound.

    What's your budget?
  3. robzzz

    robzzz Guest

    haha sorry, buget around 3000$
  4. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Edit> Here are some relatively inexpensive mics I can't live without, and my typical usage:

    Shure SM57, 58, 81 - all purpose for vox, guitars, snare, etc.
    Audio Technica 4050 - vox, overheads, guitars.
    EV468 & 868 - Toms and Kik respectively.
    Sennheiser MD421 & 441 - all purpose, more for bass, horns, toms, snare bottom.

    There are tons more to choose from...
  5. TheBear

    TheBear Guest

    Neumann u87! MUAHAHAH

    and im a fan of shure ksm44's

    and Electro voice re20's

    and akg c414's

    oh and akg c1000

    and a myriad of other mics are nice

  6. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    You might want to save some of that $3K on sound treatment to the room, especially if you're dealing with cranked amps and pounding drums.
    At least get some of those padded moving blankets to drape around the room. Then you can just plop that U87 down in the middle of the room... :lol:
  7. Aswell as sound treatment for the recording space you need to do some research on mic placement too, there's nothing worse than spill. Give each member of the band at least 4-5 ft of seperation.
  8. Spill can produce nice results sometimes. One of my favorite recordings was done in my living room and conjoined kitchen simultaneously. Including vocals.
  9. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    I'm right there with you Patrick, I've gotten great results from my untreated dining room!
  10. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I need a little bleed when I track my tweed!
  11. I need that spill when I track my DeVille!

    (I need that ambience when I track my Champ-ience?)
  12. robzzz

    robzzz Guest

    how much do you guys think a Yamaha SUBKICK SKRM100 would be and would that be worth getting as well as some of the mics suggested
  13. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    I love the subkick thing. I need to get down to the studio and finish the one I have all the parts for.........(lazy ass).............I dont know how much the Yamaha is, but you better have good monitors if you want to use that thing in your mix......NOT for the cheap speaker set.

    Spill is your friend. Hear it...control it...use it....love it.

    This is one of those things that makes a curious engineers work worth it. Learn the strength and weeknesses of your mics. Learn their polar patterns....Expect the spill but arrange the mics so that it becomes part of the SOUND not a mistake in placement.

    Theres a musicality in the spill.......

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