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I just feel like I should have a tube condenser mic

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But I can't say that I 'need' it; I just want one. I only record vocals (my own) acoustic and electric guitars. Right now I go between a 4033 a Bluebird and a 58.

I'd like to keep it around $500 - $700 +/- so I've looked (new and used) a bit at things like the K2, KSM44, 4060, T3, etc.

Totally open for some suggestions.

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sshack Wed, 07/09/2008 - 07:42
DIGIT wrote: I don't usually like tube mic into tube pre but, there are exceptions...

I've heard that position before but so far this mic and my UA pre have worked out quite nicely.
Also, the tonal differences between figure 8, cardoid and omni have impressed the pants off of me. Really, I've been wandering around in my boxer shorts for days now.

I'll put together some basic samples by the end of this week and post them.

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RemyRAD Sun, 06/15/2008 - 11:23
Hard for me to ship you my U67 to utilize on the same sound source for comparison's sake. But thanks for the offer. I think if I went to my local music/sound equipment dealer that I have been dealing with since 1978, I could borrow one. It really could have THAT SOUND? That would literally send me into space.

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Ms. Remy Ann David

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Davedog Mon, 06/02/2008 - 12:24
I think you are on the right track. If you can afford to experiment with gear and the thrill of something new hanging off the big mic stand gets things rolling for you, then you should BY ALL MEANS buy it.

Dont be surprised if one of these mid-priced tube mics doesnt immediately lift your skirt. There isnt a lot of difference at this price range that'll make you really wanna get giddy.

A bit higher up is another story.

I agree 100 and 20 percent with Gaffs take on the AT4060. Thats a real good mic. The Ze5600 looks like a winner but I dont know how it sounds. The Avant is built like a tank (I have caressed one but havent heard it) as are all their mics......

I gotta throw this one out there for consideration...... I have some time on one.....

ADK Area 51 TT. Used, close to the budget you listed. This mic is voiced like those old German thingys.......Tele-something-or-others.......

It is warm and sensitive.....It'll take a crapload of Db's....it has continuosly variable patterns....An NOS tube in it gets you even more warmth.....buy SEVERAL tubes for several different varieties of mic response.

I love this one.

I will have one someday next to my vintage 87, which isnt a tube but still has that....errr.....yeah....that 'thing'...

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sshack Mon, 06/16/2008 - 07:15
And likewise, "that sound" is so subjective to each of our ears that it's hard to tell. I've personally never even seen a real U47/67 much less heard one in action, so there ya have it.

I will say that for the money I'm really impressed with this mic. I powered it up on Sat morning and just recorded some vocals with acoustic guitar and it sounded really, really good to my ears...especially since I sing about as good as Cookie Monster at 8:30 in the morning.


So my fix is fixed....for now.



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Member Thu, 05/29/2008 - 12:36
The KSM44 isn't a tube condenser...great mic though.

Here's a few to look at in (or close to) your price range: Rode K2, M-Audio Sputnik and Groove Tubes' GT67 and MD1B. Studio Projects' T3 is certainly worth a look as well. If you're willing to spent about $1,000 I can personally vouch for Mojave Audio's MA-200...wow.

Frank

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sshack Thu, 05/29/2008 - 15:19
You're right about the KSM, my bad. I've looked at so much stuff, it all just runs together after a while.
The Mojave was/is certainly a consideration, of course for a little more I could get a Peluso 2247 or the Tele AK47, or for a little more I could get the U87........

...yes, that's the problem.


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Cucco Wed, 06/18/2008 - 08:11
RemyRAD wrote: Hard for me to ship you my U67 to utilize on the same sound source for comparison's sake. But thanks for the offer. I think if I went to my local music/sound equipment dealer that I have been dealing with since 1978, I could borrow one. It really could have THAT SOUND? That would literally send me into space.

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Ms. Remy Ann David

I don't think Chuck Levin's (Washington Music) has the M-Audio Sputnik...last time I was there they didn't have any of the m-audio line of mics.... sad.

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RemyRAD Fri, 06/13/2008 - 01:52
Yeah, it's the "U67" Rip. I'd really like to hear one of those Sputnik's since I have a pair of the 67's. I don't use them for everyday stuff since they are so valuable and, since I don't have work every day. They stay in the closet more than I do these days. In that way, the price point of the Sputnik sounds just about right without even hearing it. At least it might get more use than my tired old used 67's?

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Ms. Remy Ann David
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