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NT1-A or NT-2?

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14 years 8 months
Hey everyone, it's almost summertime which means more recording time for me.

I have:
Firepod, SM57, SM58, AT2020

I play:
Mostly acoustic with vocals - I want to be able to sing and play at the same time and have it come out really nice. I generally use the SM57 / 58 for electric guitar.

1) What are some good acoustic setups? I was thinking one NT1-A or NT2-A on the acoustic, maybe the SM57 / 58 to pick up some room ambience, and the AT2020 on the vocals.
2) Also, is the difference between the NT1-A and NT2-A worth the price?
3) Should I get a matched pair of NT1-A's, a single NT1-A, or an NT2-A?


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IIRs Sun, 05/11/2008 - 03:18
sarNz wrote:
2) Also, is the difference between the NT1-A and NT2-A worth the price?

In your case possibly yes: the switchable patterns of the NT2A would allow you to use a figure-8 pattern for better isolation between guitar and vocals. The NT1A is fixed cardioid so that would not be an option.

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14 years 8 months

EricIndecisive Sun, 05/11/2008 - 12:50
Thanks, I went ahead and ordered the NT2-A. I found it brand new on ebay for $330 compared to $400 on all of the other major sites. I'm pumped! Do you think I will see a big difference in sound quality even though I'm only using a firepod? Is there any other difference between the firepod and mixing boards other than the fact that on a mixer you can EQ pre-recording?