Can't decide please help

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  1. hello everyone. I just joined this website today. You all seem to be very helpful when it comes to mic decisions so I have a question for you all.

    I am starting to buy mics and I want the best. I want mics that will last and I don't really need to upgrade from my original purchace. I have about $1300 dollars to spend and I can't decide on whether I should get one Neumann u87 and then save up again or should I get a sm57, sennheiser 421(3 of them) and a Audix D6. Both options spend all the money. But what is more important?

    Also as a side question, what would be better AKG 414B ULS or a Neumann u87?

    Thanks for taking the time to help me.
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    What do you need the mics for ... and what are you recording the most at the moment?
  3. anonymous

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    Feb 10, 2001

    1st-------Welcome to Recording.ORG
    2nd-------It is good that you plan to spend some real cash on good pro gear. I personally own 3 SM57's, and 1 D6, I think very highly of both of them.
    However if you want great results.....get high quality pre amps. Great River, Avalon, UA, API , or any really high end pre amp. That way all of your mics will sound AWESOME and really really BIG
    Cause even if you get a $1200-$1300 mic, it will only sound as good as the mic pre that is driving the signal. Hope you understand what I am trying to say
    3rd-------use good quality cables, cheap ones WILL hurt your signal structure
    I suggest Mogami cables---they are the best
    Monster cables are O.K.--they are better than most
    Good luck! :D
  4. I want to focus on vocals. But eventually I want to have everything. I want a mic that is great all around (mostly for vocals and a room mic), but for the most part can have a warm, REAL, sound to the vocals. What are good pre's that can really help me in that department as well? Thanks again for your suggestions.
  5. Last question. I have a tdm system already and I want, in the next few months, to aquire this equipment

    Vintech X73 Mic pre
    Avalon 737sp

    sure sm57 (1)
    Sennheiser 421 (3)
    Audix D6 (1)
    AKG 414B ULS (2)
    Neumann U87 (1)

    would you say that would be a strong start or am i missing something or have a gone too far?
  6. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I think you could do a lot with that group of gear. The AKG 414's are very versatile IMO. You can use the stereo pair to record anything from a string quartet to a rock drum kit. Even through Mackie pres I thought they sounded like I had ears wired to the board. Also use one for vocals if the U87 doesnt fit. I would probably get the 414 pair before the 87. I just think you could do a whole lot more with a pair of good LD condensors than with a single 87.
  7. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    For vocals and room pick up, IMO the U87ai will be perfect. I have had a lot of different LD mics including a vintage C24 and I have found the U87 to work best for room and ambience pick up. I also like it a lot on vocal. It has a ver definable sonic signature that it adds to vocal .... often associated as "that sound".
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