warmer alternative to rode nt1a?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by chundle, Apr 22, 2005.

  1. chundle

    chundle Guest

    hi all

    another vocal mic question:

    the rode nt1a sounds pretty good, and is just right for my price range ($2-300), but i would prefer something with a... warmer (?)... sound, a deeper sound perhaps. the rode is a bit too bright for my purposes?

    any suggestions, similar budget (mostly vocals, 70s jazz/funk style, but maybe something that could on rare occasions be used on acoustic guitar)... i have been reading in the forums about AT4033 which seems to be recommended in similar conversations, but i understand that it's also quite bright sounding. what is the ADK A51S like?

    any suggestions?

  2. JBsound

    JBsound Guest

    I think you would do well with either the Shure KSM-27 or the Audio Technica AT4040. Neither of which or overly bright, but they're pretty neutral and I find them both very versatile. Plus they sound pretty good on acoustic guitar.
  3. chundle

    chundle Guest

    Thanks for that, I'll look into them. I've also found a lot of info around teh forum on the Studio Projects C1 which seems like another possibilty -- does anyone know how the sound compares to the rode? I'm not talking quality, but rather whether it's got as bright a frequency response?
  4. gumplunger

    gumplunger Active Member

    Mar 25, 2005
    My experience with the AT4040 is that it's very neutral and if you're looking for warm, without a tube preamp or something of that sort, that particular mic probably won't get you the sound you're seeking. It does work well for male vocals and acoustic guitar when I've used it. I believe it retails for $300.
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    I've had an nt1 for quite awhile and it sounds real good through good pres but not so good through cheap pres- if you have tha later, get a c1 or kms27 instead-
  6. chundle

    chundle Guest

    thanks maintiger,
    i do indeed have the latter, so i'll stick with the ksm27 or the sp C1...

    not to to make it more complicated by throwing yet another one into the mix, but doing some more searching round the forum and on the web, i heard about the m-audio solaris, which seems to be getting really good reviews for the same price range and has a supposedly "warm" sound to it.

    did anyone have a similar dilemma and end up choosing the solaris?

    thanks to all....
  7. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    well my nt1 sounds like sh*t through an art tube mp or a behringer pre, while my Rca d77 or u87 will still sound ok through the same pre- for some reson the cheap pres just kill the nt1, make it sound real brittle
  8. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    While you are considering the C1, look at the SP TB1
  9. deeznuts187

    deeznuts187 Guest


    It would be warm if I stuck it in my ass. :wink:
  10. Grooveteer

    Grooveteer Guest

    Re: re

    This will only give you shitty recordings.

    I think you might want to check a better pre. (brick?)
  11. deeznuts187

    deeznuts187 Guest


    i like that

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