$400 to $600 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by mallardduckman, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. mallardduckman

    mallardduckman Active Member

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    Hey guys, you may want to throw this one into Budget Gear but I'll try it here first.

    I'm looking to spend $300-$600 on a large diaphragm condenser mic and would love some advice. The main use will be for vocals, but of course I want something versatile to use on amps, acoustic guitars etc.

    I don't currently have fantastic mic pres - I plan on buying one soon, but that's another can of worms; it's also the reason I am only spending $300-$600.

    I've narrowed my search down to the Rode NT2A or Studio Projects C3. While there are lots of reviews of the SPC3, I can't find much info regarding the NT2A.

    I really have 2 questions

    1) In your humble opinions would you choose the C3 or the NT2A?

    2) Are there other mics I should take a look at? (I already own 2 Kel HM-1s and I am NOT going the Marshal MXL route)

    Thanks to all who read and reply!!

    -M
     
  2. blaumph2cool

    blaumph2cool Active Member

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    The NT2A can sound thin and britle if the wrong pre-amp is used.
    Studio Projects C3 is a better choice IMO if you don't have the pres.
    And as your Mic cabinet grows, I think the C3 would still get used.
     
  3. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

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    I got an AT4060 a while back, and I love it. If you shop around you can get one for under $700. It's a fantastic vocal mic.

    John Stafford
     
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

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    The ATs have remarkable mic to mic consistancy, something that is rare in the Chinese mics. I have a C3 and I think it's bright. A lot of people want to compare it to a U87 but I think it sounds more like a solid state version of the AKG C12 but without the good-ulation the tube supplies.
     
  5. BDFitz

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    I've hear good thingsabout the new Rode mics. I have the NTKs and they get plenty of use. Some vocals, Drum overheads, percussion and one of my favorites on Acoustic Guitar.

    The AT mics are also good. I think one of the best mic deals right now is the Cascade v55 (sale price) which is a great tube mic if you're using solid state or tube mic pres.

    A friend just recommended (very strongly) the Studio Projects T3 (tube) $699 List and he flipped over his AEA R84 for vocals (where my Royer R121 falls a little short but its the best on Amps I've ever heard. The Cascade is well worth a listen at $499. I'd have to hear the T3 myself but I'll bet it's great too.
     
  6. M9

    Hi...

    Did you heard the M9 tube from CAD ??

    I don't know if you are looking for a solid or a tube mic, but I have one here and I think is one of the best mic for vocals that $400-500 can buy... And not just for vocals, but drums OH, Acoustic Guitar, and others.
    It's incredible what the CAD was able to do. A really big sound tube mic for under $500.

    Regards,
     
  7. Marjan

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    Here is my opinion...

    The C3 tends to be warmer, whereas the NT2-A tends to be brighter.
    If I were to have only one mic for vocals, I'd rather have the C3 than the NT2-A, although they're both nice. Ocasionally, the NT2-A might be more suited for female vocalists, as it sounds a bit "airyer".
    But I must say I've never done a side by side comparison.

    Anyway, my advice is: buy the T3. In this price range, this is the best mic I came accross.
    I also have an NTK in my studio, but the T3 gets used much more often.
     
  8. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

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    AT 4050 is nice, multi pattern and can be had for about $400 if you look around.
     

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