Good 1st Large Diaphragm Mic

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by kidtexas, Feb 18, 2003.

  1. kidtexas

    kidtexas Guest

    Looking into getting a nice large diaphragm condenser mic. I currently possess a pair of AKG 451's, some 57's/58's, and an assortment of Audix D mics (1's, 2's, and a 4). Will be using this setup with a home DAW setup. Recording rock/blues/typical crap.

    Budget of around $1200. Anyway, I was originally planning on a pair of 414's, hence the $1200, since a pair would give me more flexibility. I also like the look of the Neumann TLM103's, about the same price, but without the pattern switching. I was also thinking maybe of just getting 1 of these, and 1 of something else, or better yet, 1 600ish mic and start saving for a nice pre.

    However, after reading some of the posts here, I am beginning to waver. I know that no mic can be everything, but I was looking for a nice mic that could get me started with a fair amount of uses (vocals being foremost).

    The MBHO mic's (608? 609?) looked like a funky mic. Any other good suggestions for a good, versitile mic/mic pair that would start me off? Again, budget of around $1200, with the notion that this would get me a pair. So really $600ish mics, with $1200 ones too, but only if they are going to be twice as good :d: At this early stage, unless its really worth it, the extra money can go to more important areas.
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    I like your idea of a pair of 414's. That's a versitile package. In conjunction with the 451's you will have the start of a nice mic collection. There are 2 kinds of 414's however and one is supposed to be better than the other. I don't recall which one it is. Fats
  3. chessparov

    chessparov Active Member

    Dec 16, 2001
    Orange County, CA
    You may want to also check out the Studio Projects lines of microphones. The B3 and C3 cost around $160 and $325 (?) respectively. If you e-mail Alan Hyatt at they'll send you two free listening CD's that have the B and C series on them. The B series were designed to have a relatively neutral tone, and the C series sound more "vintage" relatively speaking.

  4. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    hey guys, one is called TL2 and the other BUls, I think. One is more suited for vocals.
    However, i think AT4050´s are slighly better than them. You can see them with Yes, Rush, RollingStones and so. I use it daily, on overheads, acoustic guitar, orchestrs and so. In the USa they can go much lower than $900.
  5. valleysounds

    valleysounds Guest

    hey all...a great 1st all round mic i found is the Rhode NT2 (U87 Look Alike) it has a cardoid / omni switch and a bass roll off -10db pad. im not sure what price they are in the us but i got a pair for Aus $700 each (thats aprox us$325) they also make the Rhode Classic II which is a valve mic and has 9 switchable polar patterns... i recently purchased and italian mic
    db Technologies DB560N which is very similar to the Classic II it has the same features but was 1/2 the price and sounds just as good.. if only i could find a power supply for the Neumann U67 i have sitting in the closet gathering dust..

    hope this helped
    Cheers :c:
  6. I'd second Fat's comment: the 414's are going to be a great asset, and combined with the 451's you'll be in great shape. I have a pair of 414's and 4 of the 451's, they get used all the time.
    If you were just looking for drum overheads, I'd suggest the SP C-3 mics since they're outstanding as overheads .. but the 414's will track stand up bass and some other instruments where the SP C-3 will, but not as well, so the 414 would be more versitile in the long run. My 2 cents.
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