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Are these the best mics I can get for my budget?

Looking to buy a nice vocal condenser and a nice instrument condenser pair.
around $700 budget.

These are the mics of choice so far...
AT4040 - $299
Rode NT5 matched pair - $399



Cucco Fri, 02/02/2007 - 14:53
Boy...that's a loaded question....

Yes, I believe those are wonderful mics, especially for the price. However, there is absolutely no way for anyone here to tell you which are the best mics for you. They can give suggestions based on their experience, but certainly not give you a qualified answer as to the "best" for you.

And beware the people who reply with just a make and model of a microphone. Frankly, that kind of reply just pisses me off. If anyone replies like that, please accept some serious biting sarcasm from me up to and including childish name-calling!


Cucco Fri, 02/02/2007 - 16:04
dementedchord wrote: damn i hate generalities... but since you asked... assuming the voacl is male i think you'll find the at 4047 a little "better" (read favorably coloured) as a vocal mic... never used the rodes so no opinion there
I would generally agree with you. However, that would blow the budget unless he went with some ghetto overheads...

Boswell Fri, 02/02/2007 - 16:06
Baderup99 wrote: Looking to buy a nice vocal condenser and a nice instrument condenser pair.
around $700 budget.

These are the mics of choice so far...
AT4040 - $299
Rode NT5 matched pair - $399

OK, for anyone to make sensible suggestions you have to tell us how you imagine these mikes are going to be used. What range of vocals - male, female (or both), and what type of music? For the instrument pair, what instruments? What configurations (XY, MS etc)? Is this for tracking work or solo? Are they purely for studio use?

Pro Audio Guest Fri, 02/02/2007 - 17:25

The vocal mic - for male vocals , some rock,maybe some acoustical, alternative type of music. No screaming or any hardcore vocals like that.

The instruments mic - acoustic guitar, and drum overheads mainly, but for other string instruments...pretty basic.

Im a beginner here, so I just want to get some decent mics. That's all Im looking for. To be honest Im not experienced enough yet to get real specific for mic configurations and things like that.

They will be used for studio purposes

CoyoteTrax Tue, 02/06/2007 - 19:30
RemyRAD wrote: If you plug fabulous microphones into crappy consoles, without skills or technique, you get crappy sound.

No Kidding.

People put too much emphasis on condenser/capacitor microphones.

This is a ridiculous statement.

the Red Hot Chili Peppers, they've tried numerous expensive condenser microphones on their lead vocalist and almost always they've come back to the SM 7

I don't know if Anthony Keidis can actually be considered a "vocalist". He's really more of an icon who doesn't sing very well and writes lyrics on a 5th grade level.

What do they know that you don't know? They know that good dynamics are better than most affordable condensers. Even unaffordable condensers. It depends on the voice.

It's TOTALLY dependent on the voice, and the instrument, and the material - this is all so subjective.

Not whether it's somebody's special blah blah condenser thingy. Maybe you should try an Electro-Voice RE20/27 or a Beyer M88, Sennheiser MD441? You might find those to yield better results than somebody's bargain condenser??

The AT 4033 is hardly considered "somebody's bargain condenser"

Smart like a lady
Ms. Remy Ann David

What's up lately Remy? I've never seen you post bs like that before, I'm almost convinced it's an imposter. Jeez.