What is your favorite condensor mic?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by anonymous, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Reguardless of the price tag. What is your favorite condensor mic? Not because it can do alot of various types of instruments. But mainly because of it's great sound.
    1st question...
    What is your favorite condensor mic?
    2nd question...
    What condensor mic do you wish you had?
  2. Dave62

    Dave62 Guest

    Neumann U89i . Its warm with incredible body. 5 patterns and a 6 db pad. I have two from the mid 80's and they still sound great on just about anything. waaaarrrrrm!!

    In the dreaming side of things, I would like the Neumann dummy head stereo mic, just to capture ambience's and location sounds.

    In the weird catagory, we did a blind mic test with three other engineers on a very dynamic female singer with 4 mics at once, the U89i, a Neumann 103, a Shure 3000 and a Shure 58, all run through a pair of Drawmer 1960 stereo mic pre's. The U89 won, followed by the 58! then the 103 then the 3000.
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Best all around and cheap ATM 4033.

    My favorite's C12 / C24 / C12a.
  4. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    My favorite based on current budget and usage is AT4050.

    I agree with Kurt, C12, C24 if I had more money than God.
  5. Markd102

    Markd102 Well-Known Member

    Apr 24, 2001
    Hmmmm, well.......

    My favorite mic is the TLM-103... but that's simply because it's the best mic I own.

    As for what I drool over....pretty much anything that's better..... but gee, I'd love a Brauner VM1 :cool:
  6. StevenGurg

    StevenGurg Guest

    for condensor mics, I love my Lawson L47MP, which Gene Lawson tweaked a bit to make it even more appropriate for my spoken word recordings.
  7. TanTan

    TanTan Distinguished Member

    Nov 30, 2003
    I agree with steven on the L47 , it's the greatest mic i've ever worked with , i took mine to another studio last week and the assistents were amazed with its big sound ,i also love the vintage u67 , very sweet mic
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I like the Manley Gold Reference series cuz they're seriously "Pimpin" mics with their PHAT gold plating! (Actually, it's a damn good mic, but not at the top of my list.)

    I agree with Kurt - the 4033 or the 4047 are some damn fine mics - regardless of price.

    Cost no object - Gefell UM900 - this is the coolest LDC and slicker than snot on a doorknob. It also sounds so damn good, it's hard to imagine you're listening to a microphone.

    Favorite all-arounder though - Schoeps CMC6 MK2h - great for voice, guitar, orchestra, drums, camel farts, anything you want to throw at it.

  9. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    Audio Technica LDCs. Since I bought a 4060, I'm beginning to appreciate the 4047 more and more.

    I wouldn't turn down three Neumann M-50s. Top of my current lust list is the Microtech Gefell UM92.1.

    Now at the risk of a flame war, the Neumann M-149 (no, that '1' was not a typo!) would be a nice Christmas present :lol:

    John Stafford
  10. RecorderMan

    RecorderMan Distinguished Member

    Mar 28, 2001
    U67, U47, Elam250, M50, M49, Elam 251, C12
  11. JeffSanders

    JeffSanders Active Member

    Jun 10, 2004
    Fairhaven, MA USA
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    My favorite mic is the AT 4047SV.

    If I had the dough, I'd love to get the AT 4060!
  12. sdelsolray

    sdelsolray Active Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Favorite mic: Schoeps CMC6/MK4 (or MK41)
    Favorite mics that I don't have (that I wish I did): Microtech Gefell UM900 or M295.
  13. J-MADD

    J-MADD Active Member

    Aug 19, 2004
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    Hey Kurt or anyone for that matter,
    How's the ATM 4033 for vocals? I'm using an AKG 414 B-ULS (1986 model) and it is too brittle sounding.

  14. Fruition2k

    Fruition2k Active Member

    Jan 1, 2001
    South Florida
    Favorite condenser?
    Neumann KM54...or the 56 - very hard to make them sound bad..
    Wish for...?
    AKG C24...once you hear it on a Steinway you're never the same
    afterwards, especially when you're assisting Mack Emerman.
  15. idiophone

    idiophone Guest

    I don't have any experience with the high-end stuff, but I love my BLUE Mouse. How many mics sound good on vocals, acoustic guitar, AND kick drum?

    Other than that, when I don't know what to put up, I put up a 414, and it always sound good.
  16. Johnson Cabasa

    Johnson Cabasa Active Member

    Sep 5, 2003
    my partner in our studio just got a set of gefell m-930's and i think they're amazing. mmuch betternthan all the restof the mics we have cexcept for the um-900
  17. Todzilla

    Todzilla Active Member

    May 12, 2003
    Neuse River Watershed
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    The U-89 is my fave as well. In fairness, it's my only super-high end mic, so I haven't toyed around with the other big boys.

    I like the AKG 414s as well

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