Rode NT5's vs. Audio Technica 3031's

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by malamikigo, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. malamikigo

    malamikigo Active Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    as subject states. I'm considering either a pair of rode nt5's or a pair of AT3031's. Here in Vancouver canada, the prices are as follows for each:

    rodes: $495 for a stereo pair

    AT's: $199 a piece ($398 pair)

    So, the AT's are nearly a hundred bucks cheaper. I've read quite a few online reviews on harmony central and musician's friend and such. Both microphones are very highly regarded it seems, in terms of bang for the buck. I imagine I'd end up being happy with either one. I'm just wondering if anyone has had any direct comparison experience with these mikes?

    I intend to use them for drum overheads and on acoustic guitar/other acoustic instruments.

  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Apr 19, 2006
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    They are very different mics with their own characters.

    I prefer the Rodes for drum OH. However, the 3031 has a built-in 10dB pad, which is often needed for OH use, and also an HPF.

    If you are considering the NT5MP, then consider a bit further and go for the NT55MP, as you get interchangeable omni/cardioid capsules, HPF and pad. Same cardioid capsule as the NT5, but much more flexibility for other uses.

    For the money, all these mics give good results on acoustic guitar.

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