NT1-A or NT-2?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by EricIndecisive, May 10, 2008.

  1. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Hey everyone, it's almost summertime which means more recording time for me.

    I have:
    Firepod, SM57, SM58, AT2020

    I play:
    Mostly acoustic with vocals - I want to be able to sing and play at the same time and have it come out really nice. I generally use the SM57 / 58 for electric guitar.

    1) What are some good acoustic setups? I was thinking one NT1-A or NT2-A on the acoustic, maybe the SM57 / 58 to pick up some room ambience, and the AT2020 on the vocals.
    2) Also, is the difference between the NT1-A and NT2-A worth the price?
    3) Should I get a matched pair of NT1-A's, a single NT1-A, or an NT2-A?
  2. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    In your case possibly yes: the switchable patterns of the NT2A would allow you to use a figure-8 pattern for better isolation between guitar and vocals. The NT1A is fixed cardioid so that would not be an option.
  3. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Thanks, I went ahead and ordered the NT2-A. I found it brand new on ebay for $330 compared to $400 on all of the other major sites. I'm pumped! Do you think I will see a big difference in sound quality even though I'm only using a firepod? Is there any other difference between the firepod and mixing boards other than the fact that on a mixer you can EQ pre-recording?
  4. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Scotland, UK
    I'd be tempted to say the Firepod will sound better than cheap mixers, and that's the biggest difference.
  5. FlyBass

    FlyBass Active Member

    I use a Presonus FirePod and a Rode NT2A with great results.
  6. EricIndecisive

    EricIndecisive Active Member

    Awesome, I'm excited now. Any sound clips you can post up?

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