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SP b1 or c1?

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by jake_eskedal, May 28, 2003.

  1. jake_eskedal

    jake_eskedal Guest

    I'm looking into a second mic to go with my radio shack wireless. j/k!! I have a KSM44 being shipped as I write this and I've read all your praises of the SP's and I'm curious as to which is the better sounding mic.

  2. tmix

    tmix Guest

    I'll try to help with my opinion anyway.
    I don't have the B-1, but I do have the B-3. I don't have the C-1 but I do have the T-3 tube version. In comparing the 2, I would say if you were going to be using them for Vocals mainly, I would use the C-1 (or T-3 in my case). It is hyped a little more in the highs and mid lows to compliment Lead type vocals, it also works very well on solo acoustic guitar.
    The B-1 (or B-3 in my case) is more neutral but also seem to pick up the transients a little better. (perhaps it is a function of having a 3 micron diaphram as opposed to the 6 micron in the C-1).
    If you are looking for a more neutral mic that works well on instruments and background vocals I'd go for the B-1/B-3.

    You may want to wait till you have a chance to try out your new KSM 44 (is that a large diphram mic?)to see which hole you need to fill.
  3. Bowisc

    Bowisc Active Member

    Aug 22, 2002
    My two cents...

    The B3 has much better off-axis response than the B1, which can be important if you will be using it as a room mic.

    I've had fantastic results with some female vox using the B1. For the money, B1 is a very good value. Very nice on acoustic steel-string guitars too.


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