how important is a matched pair?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by jimbo_baby84, Feb 8, 2006.

  1. jimbo_baby84

    jimbo_baby84 Guest

    hi guys,

    while thinking about ways to slowly built up my studio, i thought about the possibility of buying one mic (for example an akg 451) and use it on it's own until i can afford another for a stereo pair. the problem this will leave me with is that i won't have a matched pair, just two of the same model. is this likely to be a major problem? how closely matched are matched pairs anyway?

  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Not a huge problem.

    Unless you're recording some serious classical works with a major orchestra.

    Most mics are built to such close tolerances nowadays that matching is often not necessary and batches built even a year apart are sonically quite close.

    Furthermore, most applications using a pair of mics (most commonly drum overheads) are quite forgiving of slight mismatches. Again, if you were doing an orchestra or perhaps orchestral percussion or chorus, then you should be fine.

  3. jimbo_baby84

    jimbo_baby84 Guest

  4. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2004
    Put it this way....I was recording a band and one of my OH's broke half way through the session. The only extra mic I had left was an SM57. Over half of the kit was an SM57 and over the other half was an Oktava MK012.

    Yes, they sounded different, but not uneven or crappy.

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