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akg c 430 upgrade?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by impro, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. impro

    impro Guest

  2. vividsonics

    vividsonics Guest

    What's the application? I'm assuming OH's because that's what AKG advertises this mic to be used for. What's your budget? If you like small diaphragm condenser mics for overheads, Shure's SM81 is a popular choice that I have used with good results. SM81's run about $350 or so. I've used Audio Technica AT4041's which cost a little less. They sound less hyped, but I liked the SM81's better. These would, in my mind, be "next tier up" mics from what you have. There are SO MANY choices. It would help if you posted some more info on budget and what mics you have besides the C430.
  3. bobbo

    bobbo Active Member

    Dec 11, 2004

    hey, i've got the c 430's too, i went to earthworks website and got their free demo/sampler of there drum mic kit, and it sounds damn good, you should check it out, the mics aren't cheap but you get what you pay for.

  4. impro

    impro Guest

    those are $1500.
    If I were looking for expansive I'd get km84's or jophenson 42.
    My question is about oktava's.
  5. vividsonics

    vividsonics Guest

    If you've narrowed your search down to the Oktava's you'll need to be certain you get them from a reliable source. Some are made in China and from what I understand they tend to have a lower quality control standard. Also, even if they are Russian made, most of the chain music stores sell Oktava's with poor quality control. I HIGHLY recommend you check out this site: http://sound-room.com/customer/home.php they have a reputation for excellent quality control and matching. Getting a reliably matched pair will be critical in your application for drum overheads (and stereo micing in general). The variations from mic to mic from chain stores and Chinese sources will cause a big problem with stereo imaging. If you get your Oktavas from the Sound Room they will sound a lot better for your application, but expect to spend a little more. Good Luck!
  6. impro

    impro Guest

    thanks I know about the sound room.But there prices are to much.There is a certified diler in the US now.I will buy them from there.My question was if it jumping from c430 to oktavas is a huge step?
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