Hard decision on OH's.....

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by therecordingart, May 12, 2005.

  1. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Ok guys...I want some overhead mics that will also sound nice on acoustic guitar as well. I want a microphone that I can buy and always have a use for other than an expensive paperweight. Since my budget isn't astronomical I've been looking at the Rode NT-5's and the Studio Projects C4's. I've been reading a lot of previous posts that only left me more confused. I want to keep the budget below $600 for the pair because that is all I have.

    Any owners of either of these mics that can offer some audio samples?
  2. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    I'd go with the C4's first. I doubt you'll beat them with that budget.

    But if you can save another $2-300 you'll get a pair of Josephson C42s
    Or you could get lucky and find some second hand.
  3. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    I know its tough waiting it out...but I really gotta second the C42 pair from Josephson...

    I've been using them on more and more stuff...most recently, as the OH/side pair in a 3 drum mic setup...talk about clarity!
  4. kats

    kats Guest


    Josephson C42's. Excellent clarity & tight. I also use them on acoustic and they are very rich.

    Just FYI I've recorded with $100 chinese SDC's and SP C4's SDC's. While the C4's were much better than the el cheapo's the jump between the C4's and the Josephsons was just as dramatic.

    IMO all excellent value mics where "you get what you pay for".
  5. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    I'd take a look at the sm81's I swear by them, even the shure ksm109's are bad mics. sm81's will run about 650 a pair and ksm109's will run you about 300 a pair.
  6. overlookfran

    overlookfran Guest

    any vote on the Rode NT5's?
  7. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Thanks guys. It comes down to how much I make this weekend (It's my birthday Saturday). Right now I've got $400...lets see what happens.
  8. shmaba

    shmaba Guest

    Why don't you take a close nice look at ribbonmics.

    $600 could probably get you apair of used Beyer M160. which are so ridicouououously(never knew how to spell that word) much better in oh application than the rest of the mics mentioned in this thread imho.

    I really believe you should explore that option.
  9. dynomike

    dynomike Guest

    m160's do sound excellent on overheads.. smooth out the cymbals. Delicious!

    But, if you wanna use them for guitar too, I think you would be better off with a SDC pair.
  10. Randyman...

    Randyman... Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2003
    Houston, TX
    Keep the GT-44's in mind, too. They also have a "smoothing" effect on harsh cymbals, etc. They are 3/4" dia Cardioid Condensor TUBE mics! Guitar Center had a crazy sale on them for $200 each with PS, Shock Mount, and PS Cable - and hard to beat unless you step up to the Josephsons or KM-184's (I'm still on the fence if I like my GT-44's or KM-184's better for Overheads - seriously!).

  11. dabhoys

    dabhoys Guest

    The KM184's do sound amazing as OH. But I can't afford a pair of my own. I went with the C4 option and I'm extremely happy with the results..
  12. Manfriday

    Manfriday Guest

    I have the NT5's.

    Im not that stoked about them.
  13. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Haha, well there ya go.
    My vote goes to Josephson C42's
    Probably safe to go with SP C4's if you don't have the cash though.
  14. overlookfran

    overlookfran Guest

    what do you not like about the NT5's, Manfriday?
  15. shmaba

    shmaba Guest

    The m160 sounds amazing on acoustics too.
    no excuse there.
  16. J-3

    J-3 Active Member

    Jul 20, 2004
    I'm not shure how the Beyer compares to my R-121 but it's my favorite mic for acoustic gtrs now (among lots of other things). I'm not shure how I'd like it in an overhead pair, I think I'd prefer SD Omni Condensors. What are thoughts on Omni versus Cardioid? Anyone looked at the Avenson Audio STO-2's ? (used to be called the Stapes Mic).

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