How often do you switch mic brands?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by KonH, Sep 24, 2013.

  1. KonH

    KonH Active Member

    Sep 24, 2013
    Do people in the industry often switch brands? What are the top reasons that would make you switch to another brand?

    (After all, we generally stick with what we like.. )
  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Quebec, Canada
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    I'm a no brand man... I close my eye and listen. What ever sound good may enter my mic closet and what ever sounds good on the source will be used.
    I also do that with my instruments, including drums (I have Zildjian and sabian cymbals)
  3. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2010
    Boulder, Colorado
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    Pretty much any decent mic collection will have mics from a variety of manufacturers. I'll try different mics until I find the one best suited to the source in question. I don't think I've heard of anyone deliberately limiting themselves to one manufacturer unless they have some sort of endorsement deal or they're a home recordist who can only afford one mic.
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Western Pennsylvania, USA
    Performers may change mics because they think one makes more of a fashion statement, or they found a company who wants to give them an endorsement deal.

    Other than that, tradesmen find an assortment of tools they can rely on to get the job done, and use them until they hear something else they like. And then add another. (why switch when you can add, right?) That could be another brand, or just another model from the same manufacturer. All the major brands have mics the excel at one thing or another.

    On the other hand, if you suddenly find yourself burdened down with a big fat wallet that's entirely too heavy - a guy might go up a tier budget-wise.
  5. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
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    I switch brands all the time.

    The top reasons are pretty simple; different room, different instrument, different player, different day, different desired outcome.

    I don't... I do my best to always use the proper tool for the job/task at hand.
    (It tends to make life suk a lot less.)
  6. pan60

    pan60 Active Member

    Aug 26, 2010
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    I buy mics I like and love.
    As long as they are good quality I am not stuck on a given brand.
    Some mics fall into the just a good ideal to have them category and those come from a number of reputable companies.

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