Cheaper mic & preamp or just a more expensive mic?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by D-one84, Mar 25, 2007.

  1. D-one84

    D-one84 Guest


    I'm a producer that only uses software and I need to start recording at home and im thinking about buying the following hardware:

    Audio-interface: E-MU 0404 (200€)
    Microphone: AKG c 3000B (250€)
    Studio monitors: Samson R5A (300€)
    Pre-Amp: DPS II (330€)

    My question is: Do i have a better sound quality in the vocal recording's if i have the 'AKG C 3000B' and a
    pre-amp like 'DPS II' or will i have better recordings if i buy 'AKG C 4000B'(that costs 427€) and connect it directly to the soundcard's
    pre-amped MIC In ??
    My budget is very limited as you may have noticed, thats way its important to get the most quality possible with the little money i can spend.
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    IMO, both the AKG C3000 and the C4000 sound like crap, so neither solution seems best.

    Consider something like a Rode NT1A or NT2.
  3. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    If you are planning on using a bunch of preamps (say to record drums) at some point, I'd get a good 12 or 16 channel mixer (Mackie, A&H, etc.). This gives you a lot of preamps in a very versatile package. Frankly the quality in the price range of pres you are looking at doesn't vary all that much (the flavors may differ but its all about the same quality). The piece of gear that I regret buying the most is a Focusrite Octopre. Should have just bought a good converter for my A&H mixer.
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  4. D-one84

    D-one84 Guest

    Oh.. i only need it for vocals not instruments.
    A NT-2A without a pre-amp sound's good?
  5. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004

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