I received Two free mics ..they any good?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by edaub1, May 27, 2010.

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  1. edaub1

    edaub1 Active Member

    Jun 10, 2009
    Today i was given a Sennheiser e835.. and a Shure AR101... Are these any good? I cant find anything on the Shure AR101.
  2. BusterMudd

    BusterMudd Active Member

    Aug 13, 2004
    New York City
    Who cares? they were free!

    Free = Good.
  3. Big K

    Big K Well-Known Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Munich / Germany
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    Sennheiser E835 S Mikrofon
    Budget mic for Singer and percussion.

    The shure is a bit sharp in its sound and not really that good for recording.
    Was about 80 $ with stand...
  4. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
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    The 835 makes a fine mic for recording vocals. Similar to an SM58.
    Can't comment on the Shure.
    Like Buster said, even if you put these mics on the shelf down the road, they're waiting there should you need them.
    One of them might make for a good room mic in certain applications, or who knows?
    Either way, it's a free tool in your belt.
    Sometimes my s***ty mics are better choices, depending on the situation.
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Try them on everything. It doesn't matter that they were free and/or cheap. I've actually used ¢ .98 condenser capsules from Radio Shaft and have made superb recordings. It's all in how you use them, know them, place them. And it's interesting to note that even crappy microphones sound rather good into good professional microphone preamps. Most of your favorite live rock 'n roll recordings were made in that way. SM57/58 are the bulk of the microphones used. API, Neve, SSL are the consoles use to record those cheap microphones. So do those live recording sound cheap? I think not.

    I love my cheap microphones into good preamps
    Mx. Remy Ann David

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