OH mics under $500?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by Killer B, May 16, 2003.

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  1. Killer B

    Killer B Guest

    Hoping for clear Hi-Mids to Hi's, being a well defined sound without sounding steely like SM81s.

    Looking to use them "for the tone" while close miking for "definition"

    (I read that somewhere here, I think, and its been a helpful way to listen. Thanks.)

    Im limited to about $500, maybe $600 if there is no other considerable option.

    What can you suggest?
  2. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    Assuming your question is regarding drum micing...I use a pair of ADK A51s (series III) for many such applications, and get great results...have $350-400 in the pair...
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    I'm also looking into ones, I've experienced the sm81 and also would like something not-so "steely".

    Oktava (from sound-room.com) seem like a great value for this price range - many people I've heard like it better then their KM184's!!

    I've also been trying to find more out about these Crown CM700's - which I haven't heard anything bad about either. But the lack of comments makes me wonder. These are comparable to AT4041, but some say sound smoother then AT4051.

    Then there are NT5's which may be a bit darker. I've not heard anything bad about these, but they are definitely not expensive, so might not be a great value in the long run.

    I don't know for sure, just sharing what I've learned so far.

    cheers :)
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    others in this price range are

    Studio Projects C4
    Shure KSM137
    Audio Technica AT4041 ($300 each)

    Don't forget your choice in pres has a big impact on the smoothness of the sound. These AT4041 may be noticably smoother then the SM81 when plugged into a Great River, for example.
  5. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I love my Rode NT5's. Great mic, great price.
  6. giovanni

    giovanni Guest

    I'd like to drop in a vote for the NT5. They work very well of drum OH - One of the purposes I bought them for. They seem to have a bit less "sizzle" than 451s but for the price they sound great and I never regret the sound they provide.

    They also work well for acoustic guitar. We just wrapped up tracking of a band and all guitar and mandolin were done with either a single NT5 or an XY pair. I liked it and the band had never heard the guitar sound so good.

    So that's my vote.

  7. Dave Nyberg

    Dave Nyberg Guest

    I'm also in doubt of which mic i'll be buying to record a hihat. I now have the following types to choose from:

    Rode NT5
    AKG 451
    AKG c1000s

    Which one would be the best mic for hihats/cymbals. Out of these three. I hear almost everybody is using the 451's. But are they really the best in their priceclass??
  8. vinniesrs

    vinniesrs Active Member

    May 12, 2003
    Akg c-391 (interchangable capsules...very versatile)
  9. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    The C1000s is a pretty unremarkable mic. Not favored at all. My fave of the bunch is the 451 but the Rode is a good choice also. The 451 is probably a bit brighter sounding than the NT5. A lot of members who have bought the NT5's have later gone back and purchased 451's. I have never heard anyone say anything about wanting a different mic after they have purchased the 451's.. Kurt
  10. Dave Nyberg

    Dave Nyberg Guest

    Ahh thnx for the info Kurt. The 451 it will be. I just needed that last little push towards it :)
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