I am in the market to purchase a matched pair of condenser microphones. I do not have an incredible budget and have been looking around for mics that suit my needs.
I already own an Audio Technica AT4040 and an AKG C1000s, which so far have provided me with satisfying results. Recently however I had the opportunity to hire a range of microphones and record my friend's project - a set of automated music machines. There's a video here;
As you can see it's part drum kit, part Glockenspiel, and includes a variety of sounds made by motors and other striking or scraping mechanisms. We had lots of fun doing it and I was also able to really start getting into stereo mic techniques.
After using the SE3s on the machines I have grown to love their sound, mic'd at a distance they were great at picking up higher end room reflections (I've read they have a high end presence - does this ring true?) and on the glocks fairly close the sound was fantastic.
I wonder if anyone has similar experiences with using Rode NT5s? I see that these are generally cheaper but not as cheap as something like say the Samson C02 which i hear isn't really great for distance micing (and therefore possibly not amazingly suitable for my purposes).
The only other thing I see is that the SE3s come with shockmounts - not a huge dealbreaker for me as I'm pretty sure I can make a couple - I hear that the effect without them on SE3s is quite profound due to their low end response.. again any advice on this matter with the NT5s is really appreciated.
Sorry about the lengthy post and thanks for your time