Good 1st Large Diaphragm Mic

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by kidtexas, Feb 18, 2003.

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  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 Distinguished Member

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    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

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    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 http://www.pmiaudio.com 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.

    Chris
     
  4. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

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    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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