Recommend me some Vocal and OH mics? ~£200 each.

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by TwelveGauge-GT, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. Okay, I am looking for a nice vocal mic, for about £200. So far I have been looking at the Rode NT1000 & NT2A and the BLUE Bluebird.

    I am also looking for a matched pair of condensers that could be used for drum overheads, but also acoustic miking. The Rode NT5 is what I have my eyes set on at the moment.

    Am I on the right track?

    Any other recommendations are welcome!

  2. JCMastering

    JCMastering Guest

    I think the BLUE Bluebird would be a good choice for your budget.

    For the matched pair you may also consider the Beyerdynamic Opus 53 and the Audio-Technica ATM450.
  3. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Well-Known Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    For an LDC in that price range, the NT2-A is good value. You may prefer the sound of a ribbon on your vocals, in which case one of the Blue series or possibly a Cascade Fathead are worth considering. Ideally, you should audition before purchase, even if just to hear the difference between an LDC and a ribbon.

    For the overheads, go for the NT55MP rather than the NT5MP, as they give you much more flexibility by having interchangeable omni/cardioid capsules.
  4. Has anyone got any sample of either a Bluebird or NT2A?

    The NT2A is very appealing, with its numerous options included. I am just wondering how much better the sound on the blue is..

    Which will sound better without a preamp?

    The NT55s work out a lot more expensive than the NT5s if you buy them in a pair. They'll be used as mainly drum overheads so I won't really need all the swappable heads.
  5. Just a quick bump - still haven't made up my mind!!
  6. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    "Which will sound better without a preamp?"

    A preamp is essential. Even if it cost $40, it'll sound better than no preamp at all.
    A preamp isn't something used for changing the sound, it's used to make the low volume mic output loud enough for other gear to work with maximum signal-noise ratio.

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