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Pencil Mic Suggestions

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16 years 9 months
I'm looking to buy a stereo pair of pencil mics for acoustic guitars and drum overheads. My budget is around $1600. I've been looking at the Neumann km184s as well as the lower end Earthworks. Thoughts?



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16 years 4 months

CoyoteTrax Thu, 12/07/2006 - 12:34
For drum OH and AC guitars you can't lose with Shure SM-81's and they absolutely excel as great mics for re-amping ANYTHING (incl. piano) in a large room or reverb chamber. They have an amazing ability to handle high SPL's.

The ever popular Oktava MK-012's are a fantastic choice also, and particularly those you find through The Sound Room (the only vendor I buy Oktava stuff from other than Sound Room usually gets first choice on alot of Oktava mic's and capsules. I love the 012 w/omni cap's as overheads, on AC guitars and male vocals.

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tnjazz Thu, 12/14/2006 - 11:04
I'd skip the KM184's and go with either the Gefell M300 or the Beyerdynamic MC930.

Having used all three I can say without question that the MG's and the Beyers smoke the Neumanns.

My personal preference these days is the Beyerdynamics (sold my Gefells to buy more me crazy!) but you can't go wrong with either choice.

The best part about the Beyers is you can buy 4 of them for the price of a pair of Gefells!

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sheet Sat, 01/13/2007 - 08:49
This is an old post, but I can't help it. Anytime someone asks me about pencil mics, I ask them why they want to mic pencils? Then I show them what the frequncy response of a pencil is, and I recommend a 57. It is one of the odd, if not stupid things I do, because those mics are WAAAAY bigger than any pencil I have ever used.