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Which stereo pair shall I choose?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by perik, May 22, 2007.

  1. perik

    perik Guest

    Hi!

    Im going to record conserts (rock and experimental), schoolchildren etc. and are looking for a stereo pair or stereo mic for this purpose. In the consert situation I will put up the stereo pair in distans and take the aux out from the mixer and then mix it at home. with the schoolchildren I will use XY.

    Im thinking of buying a pair of OKTAVA MK 012:
    http://www.thomann.de/gb/oktava_mk_...atched_pair.htm

    I also been looking a bit on even cheaper alternatives like THE T.BONE but it seems to be impossible to find any review of these:
    http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_...i_stereoset.htm
    http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_em700_stereoset.htm
    http://www.thomann.de/gb/the_tbone_sc140_stereoset.htm

    last Ive been thinking of Röde NT5
    http://www.thomann.de/gb/rode_nt_5.htm

    do anyone have any suggestions?
    anyone got exeperience of the above mics?
    anyone have got any other suggestion of mic within the same pricerange?

    thanks a lot

    Per
     
  2. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    For the money you cannot beat the Rode NT-4.
     
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Agreed.
     
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I have an NT-5 pair and really like them at the price. If you are sure you are always going to be doing XY, the NT-4 would be the way to go since you wouldn't have to mess with at stereo bar, etc. Problem is...I like the NT-5s so much I'm starting to covet higher end SDCs. I guess it never stops.
     
  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Welcome to the addictive world Bob!

    Let me know sometime and I'll let you borrow a pair of my Schoeps. You'll officially be hooked with no turning back....then you'll long for better pres, better conversion, better monitors, better room acoustics, better structure......Oh CRAP! Now you'll need a million dollars just to get the sound you want (which, ironically, is only marginally better than what you probably started with and the consumer could care less anyway...)

    But hey...you can stop whenever you want, right? It's not an addiction - it's just a release.....

    Mwah-hahaha.....(evil laugh sound here...)
     
  6. perik

    perik Guest

    what capsule have the nt4 got? its not the same as nt5? in that case i might go for the nt5. whats the differences between a pair of NT5 and the stereo mic NT4? i like to have the possibillity to be able to go A/D and not be stuck XY as would be the thing with NT4

    any thoughts?

    / Perik
     
  7. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    They are in fact the same capsules.

    Whereas the advantage of the NT5s is the ability to utilize other patterns, the advantage of the NT4 is in its simplicity.

    It's a matter of personal preference.
     
  8. perik

    perik Guest

    how are the lower frequences in the NT5. sometimes in Small-diaphragm condensers the lower frequences are not so nice
     
  9. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hmmm....
    With dynamic mics, I *might* agree. With condencers, it couldn't be farther from the truth. In fact, the inverse is the truth. In condencer microphones, the smaller the diaphragm, generally the more accurate and less "colored" the sound, not to mention far better sounds off-axis. (Though the coloration has as much to do with internal electronics, preamp load, etc.)

    That's why DPA, Schoeps, Earthworks and such are used for classical (with frequencies FAR lower than pop or rock or rap). Their bottom ends are far more accurate and realistic.
     
  10. perik

    perik Guest

    what about Studio Projects C4? how are they and how are they compared to NT5?
     

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