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Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by markrpaulson, Dec 6, 2002.

  1. markrpaulson

    markrpaulson Guest

    I'm picking up a portable CDR or DAT soon for location and sample recording, and I want to aquire a stereo mic for recording ease. The only stereo mic I've used was one of the audio-technicas, and it was pretty decent, but if anyone has any opinions concerning the new rode, the shure, or any others, i'd love to hear them (the royer is out of my price league right now-). Thanks-
  2. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    I have the Rode NT5 matched pair, which uses the same condensers, and I can tell you, I love them. They sound great...smooth as a baby's behind. I got some great results using them earlier today on an acoustic guitar...sweet!
  3. lorenzo gerace

    lorenzo gerace Active Member

    Jan 27, 2002
    I have the NT stereo pair too, and I like them too, but maybe for the field recording application something like the Rode NT4 stereo mic could be more suitable: it has the two capsule in an XY pattern, and I've red some really good reviews on it (on Mix magazine); I think the sound can be similar to that of a stereo pair of NT 5, and that would really be a good sign, combine this with the ease of use of a single mic and you have a winner, and for the price I think it's a double winner ( found it for €389), check it out.

    Hope this helps
  4. Doublehelix

    Doublehelix Well-Known Member

    Oct 7, 2001
    Gerax: You have got it right!

    That's what I was suggesting as well...sorry if it wasn't clear enought...go with the NT4 for sure. I was just comparing the capsules to the NT5's, assuming that p.ark was referring the NT4 already when he mentioned the stereo Rode mic.

    The NT5 matched pair are great in the studio since you get so much flexibility, and can still use them as a coincident X/Y pair, but for field and remote work...go for the NT4 over the NT5's.
  5. droog

    droog Active Member

    Nov 3, 2001
    i used the nt4 last monday to record my kids' school xmas fundraiser cd (still can't get the goddamn carols out of my head), together with 2 nt5's in ortf for backup, and ended up just using the signal from nt4 (+ a hint of vintage warmer on the mix)

    the cd has already raised $500 for the school

    there you have it, i'm definitely getting one, if only for the convenience of a single mike stand
  6. audiowkstation

    audiowkstation Active Member

    Jun 29, 2001
    I second the motion on the NT4...but,

    I know I know.

    I use B&K 3529 System for location.

    As per a single microphone, be careful to mopnitor the distance before you go "red".

    Move it around and find the place you want to be...then back up 6 feet!

    hope this helps.

    I have had good performances with singles..but I preferr to splay mics for the proper phase balance.

    Ever thought about using 2 of them doing 4 tk???

    (sorry..defeats the idea of one mic stand..LOL)
  7. ShaneSelby

    ShaneSelby Guest

    I did an acoustic recording a couple of nights ago with a stereo pair of ECM8000’s. I thought the ECM’s sounded great. Granted, they can only be used for certain applications but for $39 a piece they cant be beat.

    Check out a sample of these mics on an acoustic:

  8. HiString

    HiString Guest

    If phantom pwr isn't a problem (or $ for that matter), have a look at the Studio Projects LSD2 large diaphragm stereo mic.......I believe it isn't far away from the stores and judging by SP's track record it should be another winner for them........and anyone who owns one.

  9. droog

    droog Active Member

    Nov 3, 2001
    bill wrote: "As per a single microphone, be careful to mopnitor the distance before you go "red"."

    know what you mean, on the school date, as the kids got older (from kindy to year 6's), they got taller and their voices got stronger, and, suddenly, i found myself "in the red" (lucky i was still keeping an ear on the proceedings)
  10. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Oct 5, 2000
    The Royer's wouldn't be very good for field recording anyway. The Stereo rode is in almost everyone's price ballpark, but again, I'm not sure how it will fair in the field.
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