pick a mic! please?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by stuckinamerica, May 24, 2005.

  1. I'm looking at the Shure KSM27, AKG 3000 b and a Studio Projects TB1 Tube Mic. Has anyone had any luck with the TB1? Reviews say its great and supposedly near the quality of the high end mics. I'm using it mostly for vocals but would like it to be more than a one trick horse. Are there any disadvantages to a tube mic? I've always used them in other studios but never owned one. Im afraid the ksm27 and 3000b might not be very warm. I'm using a Firepod, so I'm hoping a tube mic might warm my sound a bit.

    Any opinions?

  2. jonnyc

    jonnyc Member

    Apr 21, 2005
    i think you'd be fine with any of them. Specific mics sound better on specific vocals but unless you can a/b all of them I'd say just take your pick
  3. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    Agreed ... at this price point, it's probably a matter of personal preference. It seems at times spending $100 or $200 more isn't going to get you a big leap in quality. You'd have to spend $1000 more to see a big difference, so you might as well save some scratch.

    Let me be a jerk and also suggest that, to really improve your signal, you'll want to look into a nice channel strip for your front end.

  4. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    of the three I'll pick the shure
  5. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Yeah I'll be a jerk as well, and suggest you get the nicest pre-amp you can afford. My first one was a single channel, and I paid only $350 (it usally sold for $700), but I still love it today. But the more you spend, the better you will sound, (in most cases).
    Just try to do quite a bit of reading about good quality pre-amps Vs great quality pre-amp's.
    FYI---someone :roll: on here said that the "GT Brick" sounds good on a lot of various mic's. I don't own one however
  6. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    The only problem with a tube mic is the tube inside... Most of the lesser quality tube mics(If this costs less than several thousand, it would be "lesser" quality...), also use lesser quality tubes... Wait on the tube mic until you can get a real goody. I, also, would seriously investigate the Shure, of the 3 - though I wouldn't go with any of them myself, as I believe they are all rather too mid-range, price and quality-wise. I would either get a truly cheap mic(Because I'm cheap) or get a somewhat better one, because my wife gave me the money...

  7. tmcconnell

    tmcconnell Guest

    I'd pick the Sure

    I own a c3000 which I'd be happy to sell you for 100 dollars. They are not bad, but they are scooped, and a bit brash, and don't seem to take much spl, and lack clarity. The pattern switch is the only reason I keep it. Just in case I need a hypercardoid. My ksm 33 has its issues (I assume its a lot like the 27?) but its a fine workmanlike mic. Very "sure" with that midrange bump, but great detail, quiet, etc. I auditioned the SP tube mic in a store and I thought it sounded nasty. Not smooth, and not flattering. Nothing against SP - I love the C4's, and C1's for the money. You'd be much better off with a c1.

    Comparing a tube mic to an fet mic is tough. Go for uncolored, clear, and quiet with pattern switching and you'll have a more useful tool. Tubes have as many issues as they have benefits imho.
  8. I'll take it

    Hey if you'll sell that mic I'd really like it. That would be a good enough mic to get me by till I have a better understanding of what I am looking for in a "Great" mic. Toss me an email @ stuckinamerica000@yahoo.com

  9. MadGuitrst

    MadGuitrst Active Member

    Aug 15, 2001
    Philadelphia....home of brotherly shove
    Marshall MXL V69ME
  10. frob

    frob Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2004
    so far ive not heard a good sounding MXL mic.

    i would sujest the AT4040. its in youre price range and it seems to be a bit more versitile of a mic then the others mentiond. also it sounds good on most pres you hook it up to. if for some resone you have something agenst AT or you just want us to stick to the list, go with the shure. this ether the sure or the AT it will be a mic that you will whant to hold onto.
  11. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Or an ATM 4033 ... the best "all around" condenser ever made IMO ... You canuse these things on almost anything with good results ...
  12. Antho

    Antho Guest

    I know you'll probably shun this question Kurt, But since you didn't weigh in on a recent thread about it (you prbly have in the past)

    What you think of the 4040 as beside the 4033? I'm not splitting hairs....I just need yet another expert opinion.
  13. omaru

    omaru Active Member

    Sep 8, 2004
    I haven't used that one but I do like muchly the KEL HM 1.

    They're not as sensitive as an SM81 for distance work but closeup - they are great.

  14. Antho

    Antho Guest

    Kel is great! I picked up three obviously upon Kurts recommendation :) So thanks Kurt.

    I also just picked up an AT4040 on ebay for $199. An excellent deal I think and there is one left...perhaps.

    They are $1000 over here in OZ! I am amazed that I can grab one from the states for a total of $290 AUD, this including delivery etc. Unbelievable!
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