What's in your mic cabinet?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by stickers, Nov 3, 2006.

  1. Greener

    Greener Guest

    I wouldn't call it a cabinet per se, more like space on my bench.

    1 - Behringer UltraVoice 8500
    1 - Sm57
  2. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    I've probably been in before but hey, good to repeat yourself sometimes.

    3x PG58 (good vocal mics)
    2x AT Brand-X (awesome as overheads - and nothing else really)
    2x AKG D310S (good on, err, snare drums)
    1x Shure Prologue 12H (dented popshield - good on bass drum second only to the PG58)

    Good to repeat yourself sometimes. Wish I could repeat the PG58s, then I'd have 6!
  3. StephenMC

    StephenMC Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Um. Not much here:

    2x SM58
    1x Shure KSM27
    2x MXL 604

    Does the job for now. I only have two pres, so. Yes.
  4. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
    Home Page:
    My List, Project Studio
    (with some notations as to good vs. bad buys FOR ME)

    2 - Sennheiser MD 421-II (as advertised!!!)
    1 - Sennheiser e835 (+, 1st mic purchase)
    1 - Sennheaiser e609
    1 - Blue Bluebird (a little hot, but nice, esp on guitar cabs)
    1 - Blue Ball (+, good on just about anything, esp vox & snare bottom)
    2 - AKG C414 B-XLS (my "$$" mics; I like them, but....)
    1 - AKG C-3000
    2- Cascade FATHEAD (I like on female vox, guitar cabs, mando, and banjo so far!)
    2 -Cascade M39 (++ - great for the price, but not a KM184)
    4 - SM57
    3 - SM58
    1 - Shure Beta 52
    1 - MXL 3000 (+, male vox)
    2 - MXL 603s (+, AGui, OHs)
    1 - AT2020 (+/-, jury's out; used on hihat and sax w/ success, but not keen on tone)
    1 - CAD KBM 412 (Nice bass amp mic)
    3 - CAD TSM 411 (good alternative to my 421s/57s)

    (+) = pleasant surprise!
    (-) = did the job, but mediocre sounding

    I wish I had got the AT4040 instead, and spent the $ on the MXL 990s on something else. I'd also like to get some other Sennheiser dynamics, and AKG drum mics (someday?).
    Otherwise, barring some of the beauties listed in above posts, I'm happy with the choices I have.

    Fitz - how the #@*! did you get those for UNDER 6k?
    I spent a relatively similar amount on my mics, but no Royers, cheaper Cascades, and less/cheaper SMs!!?
  5. Invern

    Invern Guest

    Just bought this gear to start my home recording studio

    2 AKG C 414 B-XLII/ST
    1 Electro Voice RE-20
    2 Shure SM81
    1 Sennheiser e906
    3 Sennheiser MD 421-II

    already had:

    1 Shure SM57
    1 Behringer B-2
  6. edbro

    edbro Member

    Dec 31, 2008
    Batavia IL
    ok here goes
    5 shure beta 58
    2 shure 58
    5 shure 57
    1 shure vp88
    2 shure ksm141
    1 shure green bullet
    1 shure beta 52
    1 shure sm7b
    2 sennheiser 609
    1 sennheiser 602?
    2 sennheiser 421
    1 sennheiser 431
    1 akg d112
    2 AT 4050
    1 AT 25
    1 oktava 012
    2 beesneeze jade
    2 cascade fatheads w/ lundahl transformers
    1 cascade x15 w/ lundahl transformer
    1 telefunken m80
    2 beyer m160
    2 mojave m100
    3 crown pzm30
    2 Neumann km84
    1 ev re20
    2 rode nt3
  7. Pink_Floyd90

    Pink_Floyd90 Guest

    AKG C-414 B-XLS
    RODE NT-1a
    (2)Shure PG-81
    (3)Shure PG-56
    Shure PG-52
    Shure Beta 87A

    I also have a Universal Audio LA-610 mic preamp which is AMAZING and I would highly recommend it!
  8. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
    Home Page:
    Fun thread and some really impressive lists! Its time to bump it so I'll add mine and a few on my wish list. Some of these were good deals had over the years here so I couldn't resist. I haven't used them all. My dream studio is yet to be built but I'm getting closer.

    Here is my list:

    2 Audix 50" Carbon Fiber Booms
    2 Audix M1280
    2 Audix 1255B
    2 Audix M1250B
    1 Audix i5
    2 Audix D2
    1 Audix D4
    1 Audix D6
    2 Audix SCX25A
    1 Audix SCX1
    2 DPA 4011A Cardioid
    2 DPA MMC2006 (Twin Diaphragm Omni Microphone Capsule)
    1 DPA 4099G
    1 Kel HM-7U
    1 Kel HM-2D
    2 Kel HM-3C
    2 Mojave MA-200
    1 Mojave MA-300
    3 Mojave MA-100
    1 Neumann U87 ai
    1 Neumann M 149
    2 Royer R-122
    1 Royer SF24
    1 RODE Classic II
    7 RODE M1
    2 RODE M3
    2 Rode NT-5
    1 RODE NT 2,
    1 RODE NT 2000
    1 RODE K2
    1 RODE NT6
    2 RODE NT4
    7 RODE headsets
    1 RODE Podcaster
    1 Soundelux 250
    2 Sennheiser 535
    Sennheiser e935 wireless EM500

    Wish list is a few more DPA's (love DPA) like a stereo set of 4041 's and more Ribbons. An e251 would be a nice touch too.
    Love to get a DW Fearn and Grace pre's.

  9. lostindundee

    lostindundee Active Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    Here's my small collection:

    1 - U87ai
    2 - Cascade Fathead II (Lundhal transformers)
    1 - Shure SM7b
    1 - Shure KSM27
    2 - Shure SM81
    2 - Shure SM57
    1 - Shure SM58
    1 - Shure Unidyne III B545

    I'm fine with that for now. Not sure I need more at this point.

  10. MadMax

    MadMax Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2001
    Sunny & warm NC
    Home Page:
    Think I posted on this thread years ago... but here's the updated list;

    2 - Peluso P12 (C12) Matched Pair
    2 - Peluso P2247 (U47) Matched Pair
    1 - AEA R84 Ribbon
    1 - Royer SF12 Blumlein Stereo
    1 - Neuman TLM103
    1 - RCA 44bx Ribbon
    1 - EV RE20
    2 - Rode NT2
    1 - Audix D6
    2 - Audio Technica AT 4033
    1 - Audio Technica ATM35
    2 - Beyer M101
    1 - Beyer M110
    3 - Sennheiser MD421
    2 - Sennheiser E835
    1 - AKG D10
    1 - AKG D12e
    2 - AKG C414ULS
    3 - AKG 416
    2 - AKG C3000
    2 - AKG C1000
    2 - AKG D112
    6 - Shure SM58
    4 - Shure SM57
    1 - Shure Beta 87A
    4 - CAD NDM 10
    2 - CAD NDM 11

    Direct Injection
    2 - A-Designs REDDI
    12 - Whirlwind HotBox DI
    4 - Horizon Passive DI
    2 - Radial Passive DI

    Plenty more I'd LOVE to get... and a few more I seriously need... like some DPA's....
  11. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    Here's my updated list

    ElectroVoice RE20
    Sennheiser 421 (3)
    Shure SM7b
    Shure SM57 (3)
    Shure SM58 (4)
    Audix D2 (2)
    Audix D4
    AKG D112

    AEA R84
    Avantone CR-14
    Beyerdynamic M130
    Beyerdynamic M160
    Cascade Fat Head II (2)
    Royer SF12

    Mojave Audio MA-200
    AKG C414 B-ULS (2)
    Shure SM 81 (2)
    Shure SM 87
    Rode NT-55 (2)
  12. tstoneman

    tstoneman Active Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    Always fun to do an inventory - physical

    Soundeluxe ELUX 251
    Neumann U87ai
    Earthworks QTC-1 (X2)
    Groove Tubes MD-2
    RCA 6204-B Ribbon
    Altec 639B Bird Cage Ribbon/Dynamic
    Sennheiser MD-421 (X2)
    Sennheiser e904 (X2)
    Shure SM57 (X3)
    Shure Beta 57
    AKG D112
    AKG C1000
    Turner Dynamic
    Monarch Dynamic
    Astatic Dynamic
  13. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    Apr 4, 2006
    Blacksburg, VA
    tstoneman - Cool list. More info on the Turner, Monarch, and Astatic, please!
  14. sdelsolray

    sdelsolray Active Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    I only record solo fingerstyle acoustic and classical guitar.

    Current mics are:

    2x Microtech Gefell M295
    2x Microtech Gefell M296
    2x Microtech Gefell UMT800
    3 Zigma CHI mic set (4 mic amps and pairs each of cardioid SD, hypercardioid SD, free field omni SD, diffuse field omni SD, LOL-67 LD, LOL-12 LD and LOL-47 LD)
    2x Schoeps M221B
    1x AEA R84
    1x Octava MC-012 (hyper cap)
  15. thatjeffguy

    thatjeffguy Active Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Vashon Island, Washington
    Home Page:
    [h=3]I specialize in acoustic music.

    Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones:[/h]Neumann M149 (Tube)
    Neumann U87
    Neumann TLM 103
    AKG C-414B XLS
    Mojave MA-200 (Tube)

    [h=3]Medium / Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones:[/h]Charter Oak M900T (Tube) (Matched Pair)
    Rode NT-3 (x3)
    Rode NT-5 (Matched Pair)
    Cascade M39 (Matched Pair)
    Sennheiser MKH 80 P48 (x2)
    Rode NT-4 (Stereo)

    [h=3]Ribbon Microphones:[/h] Royer R-121 (x2)
    Audio Technica AT4080 (Active)
    Beyerdynamic M130
    Beyerdynamic M160
    Cascade Fathead (Matched Pair)

    [h=3]Dynamic Microphones:[/h]Sennheiser MD 421
    AKG D12
    Audix D6
    Audix i5
    Audix D4
    Audix D2 (x2)
    Shure SM57 (x2)
    Shure SM7b
    Yamaha SKRM100 SubKick

    Wish List: AEA R84; Royer SF 12; Manley Reference Cardioid Microphone
  16. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    I have been recording big band / Latino work for the past few years...Starting to downsize, but here goes:
    A-T ATM25 (x2)
    Audix i5 (x1)
    Audix d2 (x2)
    Beyer M201 (x1)
    E-V RE-20 (x1)
    E-V RE-16 (x2)
    Heil PR-40 (x1)
    Heil PR-35 (x1)
    Sennheiser 421 (x2)
    Shure SM57 (x4)
    Shure SM7b (x1)
    Shure SM58 (x2)
    Shure 545 (x1)
    ADK Hamburg (x1)
    AKG C414XLS (x1)
    A-T AT4047 (x2)
    A-T AT4050 (x2)
    E-V RE-200 (x1)
    Lawson AIR (x1) ( My newest love affair)
    Neumann U87ai (x1)
    Neumann KM185 (x1)
    Rode NT1A (x1)
    Rode NT-5 (x2)
    Shure Beta 87 (x1)
    Shure KSM27 (x2)
    Shure KSM32 (x1)
    Shure SM81 (x2)
    Beyer M160 (x1)
    Beyer M130 (x1)
    Ancient Altec Ribbon that looks like the grille of a '48 Packard
  17. tstoneman

    tstoneman Active Member

    Nov 3, 2008
    To - sdelsolray - we keep the Astatic and Turner around mainly for harp players which happens from time to time. The Astatic is the all-brown 200 bullet velvet voice series. It's actually Hi-Z crystal from the late 40s. Really tinny and distant sound but OK for what it is. The Turner is the U9S dynamic - not too bad sounding. The Monarch is the TM-16 from japan. I believe it is a dynamic from the 1950s - i don't think we've ever used it. I think it was given to us a while back.
  18. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    It is always good to do 'inventory' as has been said.

    My updated list.

    1- U87 (1983)
    2- ADK Area51 TT (matched pair)
    2- ADK Model 5 (modded)
    1- GT55
    1- SP B3
    1- AT 4033
    1- Kel HM-1
    1- Octava MK 319 (early Russian)


    2-3Zigma w/cardioid caps
    2- AT4041 (matched pair)
    1-ATM 33R
    2- ATM5

    2- SM57 UnidyneIII (1969 and 1971)
    2- SM57
    1- Audix D1
    2-Audix D2
    1-Audix D3
    2- Audix D4
    2- Audix i5
    1-Audix OM-5
    1-ATM 41HE
    1-ATM 61HE
    1- ATM 610HE
    1-ATM 63
    1- Peavey PVM-520TN
    1- Beyer Soundstar
    1- Shure BG 6.1
    1- Avantone CR-14 Ribbon ( yeah, kinda dynamic....sorta)

    These are all current 'in-house' and the list doesnt reflect the 'borrowable' mics I have access to. In the last year I have had several Mik-Teks in as well as a couple of Royer's, Avantone CV12's, and the Heils.

    My next upgrade is coming up soon and a Royer R-101, and a high-end pair of SDC's are on the list. I will also probably get one more LDC vocal mic and since I do a lot of Blues recordings, another ribbon besides the Royer. Cascade perhaps?? I'm thinking Neumann 184's for the SDC's but will try a few before I buy. The AT4041's are incredibly good so this would be an upgrade looking for a bit more depth.

    Converters and preamps too. As well as PT11 when they release it. New video monitors too. Need big letters these days and real high definition. Old.
  19. Tom Fodor

    Tom Fodor Active Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    Queensland Australia
    Here is the start of my collection, many more to come.

    Microphones LDC

    1 X Neumann TLM 67
    1 X Beyerdynamic MC834
    2 X AKG C414b
    2 X Audio-Technica AT4047
    2 X CAD Trion 6000 (M.Jolly Moded)

    Microphones SDC

    2 X Oktava MK-012 multi-capsule
    1 X Beyerdynamic Opus 86
    2 x Audio-Technica ATM450
    3 x Audix SCX-one
    2 X Peluso CEMC6

    Microphones Dynamic

    2 X Sennheiser MD421
    1 x AKG D112
    1 X Shure SM7b
    2 X Shure SM58
    4 X Shure SM57
    2 X EV RE-20
    1 X Audix D-1
    4 X Audix D-2
    1 X Audix D-3
    2 X Audix D-4
    1 X Audix D-6
    2 X Audix i-5
    1 X Beyerdynamic MT88 TG
    1 X Beyer Opus 99

    Microphones Ribbon

    1 X Cascade Fathead ii
    1 X Cascade Vinjet

    Need to get some more high end LDC's and ribbons. Also want a couple of old crystal mics (just for fun)

    Audiosapien Recording Studios Brisbane
  20. sdelsolray

    sdelsolray Active Member

    Jul 5, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Regarding adding a high-end pair of SD mics, I suspect you will find that the Neumann KM184 is not that different from the 3 Zigma CHI mics you already have, except for the HF lift in the Neumanns. Also, Larry V. mentioned to me that he'll be releasing another SD capsule with a HF lift similar to the KM 184. That will make them even more similar. The other thing with the 3 Zigma CHI cardioid SD is that it shares many similarities with the Schoeps CMC64, although there is enough of a difference to warrant having both. High end SD pairs that you may wish to consider with noticeable differences include (1) DPA 4011 and (2) Gefell M295 (which is actually a MD, not a SD size).
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