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Upgrading my mics...tell me what you think.

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by therecordingart, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Ok I need suggestions hear....this is what I've got:

    4 - Shure SM57 (Snare, toms, instruments)
    1 - Shure Beta 52a(Kick, bass cabinets)
    2 - Oktava MC-012(OH's/Acoustic guitars)
    1 - Oktava MK-319(Vocals)

    I'm on a budget but this is what I'd like to add to my list:

    3 - Sennheiser E604's (toms)
    1 - AKG D112 (Kick/Bass cabinets)
    I'm lost on a nicer vocal mic

    Does anyone have any ideas for me? I don't have a large budget otherwise I'd be going nuts on MD421's and U87's. Can someone point me in the right direction on quality but cost effecient?

    There are some samples of what I've been doing on my site....some stuff sounds ok....and some stuff not ok. The samples on my site are the first projects I've ever done.

  2. Vince Jaeger

    Vince Jaeger Guest

    Kurt wrote this article awhile back on the b1, c3 and c4 SP mics:
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    Why not go with the c3 or hell even the b1...
  3. EricK

    EricK Guest

    For tom mics, you might look into some Electro Voice 308, 408, 468's. The current model is an n/d468. These things are great on toms, always my first choice. I haven't used the Sennheiser e604's, so I can't compare, but I do prefer the E/V's over the MD421's.
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I use the Audio Technica Pro 35 X mic on toms most of the time. I've had them for years and they still work great. They are good on piano and horns too. The nice thing is you don't need stands ... set ups are a LOT easier.


    Here's a blurb I found online at Jacks Music Store
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Distinguished Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    Home Page:
    the d112 is great for kick and bass cabs- sometimes you can find them new on ebay for $150. (I got one for that price) The rode k2 is becoming my fav vocal mic- about $560 on ebay (I also got one for that price)
  6. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    Kurt, I found the Pro 35X's at Musicians Friend for $79.99. I'm looking for a second set of tom mics (I have D2's) because I want to leave a set on my kit at home and have the other set for live work. I've heard them before and they do sound great. At that price it would be a great deal but I thought I read somewhere you saying these mics are really hot and have to be padded down. Is this the same mic or am I thinking of something else?
  7. I agree--I like the Pro-35x mics a lot for toms, but I've also used one on my snare for a few years now (initially due to necessity, but now because I really dig the sound); it takes some eq'ing, but it often gives my snare a less tom-like than does a 57.

    Are you sure it's the Pro-35x for $80? That sounds awfully cheap.
  8. Big_D

    Big_D Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Quakertown PA
    Here's the link.


    Kurt or Patrick, could you let us know if this is the same mic your speaking of.

    Thanks :D
  9. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    what do you guys think is better?
    the audio technica pro 35x or the audix d2?
  10. That's the mic, Big D. Wow. I've never seen it priced that low before.

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