How good are OSP mics ?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Fred_lsaindon, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. I'm looking to buy drum microphones and I saw these OSP mics that look like Shures and are really cheap.

    Anyone have used any of these OSP mics ?

    Any mic kit for recording drums below 500 to recommend ?
  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    First let me explain something to you. It might look like something that looks like something else. That means nothing. That can frequently mean horrible Chinese illegal imitations. You get what you pay for.

    So you have to ask yourself what kind of recording you are desiring to make? Who will be your clients? What are your demographics? What do you want these recordings to do for you?

    Personally, I'd rather see you purchase a bag full of new and used Shure SM 56/57/58's. You'll be getting one of the world's greatest and most versatile microphones that sounds great on absolutely anything without question.

    I've got all the others that everybody wants. But my favorites are those.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. Thank you for the reply.
    I have already asked myself all of thses questions, thanks anyway !

    I know Shure and other brands...
    I was just wondering if OSP was good or not, and if any have experienced OSP.

    What about Nady ?
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    My recommendations for under $500.

    Plan A: Buy a matched pair of Rode NT-5s. Set them up as an overhead pair using the recorderman method.

    Plan B: Buy 4 Shure SM-57s. Use one on kick, one on snare, and two as an xy pair in front of the drums slightly below the level of the cymbals.

    Plan C: Two 57s (kick and snare) and one NT-5 (single centered overhead).

    All of these methods get you started with pretty good sounds and will leave you with good quality mics that you won't have to throw away as you add more mics in the future.

    I don't know anything specifically about the Nady or OSP mics, but they've been for sale at the big boxes for a long time. Do a search on this board or any of the other recording boards. Have they created much buzz? (Pun intended.)

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