general purpose condenser pair?

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  1. Clowd

    Clowd Guest

    Hey guys, it's time to buy the initial start-up mics for our studio, I have everything picked out, but I'm having trouble deciding on some general purpose condensors, for drum overheads, room micing, acoustic guitars, etc... I'm leaning towards the R0DE NT1-A, but I don't see a way to order a matched pair?
  2. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    multi-pattern, dewd.
    I know it's a stretch when you're just starting out, but multipattern mics are SOOOO much more versatile than cardioids - your investment will go much farther.

    My first multipattern LDC mics was a pair of Studio Projects C3s, and they've served me well. I still use them often. I upgraded this summer to a pair of Rode NT2000s - not matched, but plenty close for stereo work.

    I started off with a couple pair of cardioid mics, but I feel like I didn't REALLY start learning the fun stuff until I got the C3s. It's a whole other world.

    Figure-8 is a kewl pattern - you can play some neat games with figure-8 mics.
  3. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    I agree with multi pattern, especially if you're just starting to fill the mic locker. It is gonna be hard to find anything sold as a matched pair. I vote for AT4050's, the poor man's U87.
  4. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
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    The Rode NT2A is also a nice mic (the NT2000 without the knobs). I almost went with NT2A, but being a fan of multipattern I could not resist the flexibility of the VARIABLE pattern NT2000.
  5. aracu

    aracu Active Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Great versatile multipattern small condenser is the Sennheiser
    800. Very high output, and extended high frequency range. If
    placed too close to an instrument they can pick up too much
    detail, which can sound harsh and unnatural, otherwise they can be
    surprisingly smooth and open sounding.
  6. aqualand666

    aqualand666 Guest

    yeah i wouldn't say that small diaphragm mics like the rode nt5's are general purpose by any means, but they are pretty good.
  7. birdyyellow

    birdyyellow Guest

    check out the akg 414's. they are known to be great on almost every source. they can even be bought in matched pairs.

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