Should I sell the U87 to buy a Mix Farm?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by innerbooty, Mar 1, 2003.

  1. innerbooty

    innerbooty Guest

    In a quandry... I have a Mix+ system, running on a G4/933. But even still I find myself running out of DSP on serious mixes. I want to buy a used Mix Farm, but I can't really afford it. I've used a U87ai for about seven years. But since I bought a Lawson L47 a few years ago, that has been my "go to" mic about 95% of the time. The U87 just kind of gathers dust. But I can't really bring myself to sell it. Should I? It could almost pay for a Mix Farm. Clients like that I have the U87, but invariably end up preferring the Lawson.

    Aaahhh, to be independently wealthy...
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    My opinion, NO. The mic will hold its value indefinitely while the Mix Farm card will be worthless in a short time. In my view, it's a no brainier! Fats
    Tannoy, Dynaudio, Blue Sky, JBL, Earthworks, Westlake, NS 10's :D , Genelec, Hafler, KRK, and PMC
    Those are good. …………………….. Pick one.
  3. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    I agree with Fats. Sell it for a mic or mics you will use more often. What kind of stuff do you record? what other mics do you have?

    Maybe improving your micing will reduce the need for EQ and free up the DSP.

    For what its worth my KSM44, KSM32, TC30K and TLM103 usually see more action than my U87 too.

  4. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    go to e-bay and you will find reasonable prices for themix cards. Remember, Mix systems are uite old, and HD systems have just completed their first birthday. Hd chips are not powerful enough to handle 192k with stuff like Waves linear Phase, so I imagine at early 2004 somthing knew shall arouse.

    About miccs, you will be comfortable with a nice AT4050, much cheaperr than a U87 and slightly better than an AKG414. This is my opinion, of course
    Hope it helped ya
  5. JeffreyMajeau

    JeffreyMajeau Active Member

    Sep 5, 2000
    I'd have to agree with Steve - trade the U87 for a good mic that'll be used a lot. I wouldn't hold my breath for a Farm - they're just dropping in price.

    Maybe in the days of tape the 87 was able to shine and that's why it's become so many folks' "go to" mic - but it's not the first one I pull down when I'm at a studio that's got 'em.

    You could trade it in for something newer, like something made by Soundelux that're getting great reviews. Royer's are great as well - an R121 would round out a mic cabinet nicely, IMHO.

    If you can't swing a Mix Farm, try for a DSPFarm - about 1/4 the power of a Mix Farm, but hey, it'll buy you some room in your mix.

    Definitely learn to use your DSP most efficiently, though. Print effects when needed. I used to run a d24 based system and when running things like reverb, I'd always have to either use AudioSuite or print the FX to a track.

    Dan Roth
    Otitis Media
  6. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    yes, it is also cool to print efx returns. are you in the limit of your track count?
  7. joeq

    joeq Guest

    No! in 20 years your U87 will still be a great mic- (unless we are recording ear-to-brainwaves-to-disk by then) in 2 years you won't be able to give your Farm card away.

    Besides, nothing impresses the clients like a Neumann.

    Think of a mic the way you would a fine musical instrument. You wouldn't trade your vintage acoustic guitar for Farm card would you?

    Would you?
  8. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    ......yes, I'll take it,(300?) send it to Stephen Paul with a check, tell you about it, and then you will be pissed when you need it.

    Just kidding about the 300 of course..

    Good mic, keep it, find it's strong points, (they are way to sibilant for me personally, hence the SP mod/remanufacture) and hold out.

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