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I am building my first project studio and I need some advice choosing a good tube based condenser mic for vocals.

my budget is roughly $500-$600 and while I usually prefer to buy used, the delicate circuitry of these mics makes me want to go for a new one so I can be sure there are no surprises.

I have been looking at the RODE NTK but am very open to other suggestions. I would definitely like a tube based or at least a hybrid mic.



anonymous Mon, 04/17/2006 - 12:10

I'm not totally set on a tube mic, but I prefer the sound of them overall, particularly on vocals. The 4060 is a bit out of my price range.

I have never heard a 4047 in use, so I will have to try demoing it somewhere. I am starting to get more interested in the Rode K2 though. While it is just above my price range, the variable polar pattern is very appealing.

The 4060 is just too much though.

anonymous Mon, 04/17/2006 - 23:54

How 'bout this

Here's my 2 cents, actually make it 1 cent considering my experience, as I'm just getting the makings of a home studio off the ground too.
For about $500 (caught'em on sale) I got an ADK Hamburg mic and an Art Pro Channel (tube channel strip). Both great pieces of gear, "budget" as they may be. Opps I used the word 'great'....can't do that around here with budget gear....
The Art Pro, as other might chime in, is a piece you will find mulitiple uses for and I've yet to hear a bad word about the Hamburgs....not to mention they both sound good...........nice warm sound which it sounds like is what you are after.
Anyway, it might be worth considering

anonymous Fri, 04/21/2006 - 00:32

Hey Bro ...
If you are still looking, check out the AKG C414 XLS or XLII.
If you look hard enough on the bay you will find them in your price range. :D
New! Do the best offer thing and be bold...what can they say besides no?
While the Rode is a great mic, it cannot compete with the versatility or long standing reputation of the C414. :D