Which condensor mic?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by misnomer, Nov 21, 2004.

  1. misnomer

    misnomer Guest

    I'm looking to spend around 300+ pounds (600 dollars) on a condensor mic. Does anyone have any suggestions as to which model/make I should get?

    It will be used for recording female vocals AND clean (picked) / distorted (strummed) guitar parts through a Peavey amp.

    The soundcard that I'll be getting at the same time is the E-MU 1820.

    Your advice on this would be much appreciated.


  2. Clayphish

    Clayphish Active Member

    Nov 14, 2004
    I've always found the audio technica 4050 very versitle for what it's worth. While I personally like it better on guitar amps it's still great for recording vocals.
  3. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Jul 18, 2004
    Chicago area, IL, USA
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    You might be able to get a PAIR of SM81's for around that much...

    Arguably one of the most versatile micrphones out there.
  4. misnomer

    misnomer Guest

    Thanks for the tips. The audio technica 4050 is probably a little out of my price range (around $900-$1000 over here).
    As for SM81s, aren't they mainly used for acoustic instruments? Not sure how good they'd be at handling guitar amps?

  5. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    misnomer check out http://www.digitalvillage.com
    it has really good prices!!! (i presume you live in uk)
    i'd recommend the following
    audio techinca 4033
    rode nt2000
    maybe a tube mic like the studio projects t3
    rode ntk

    have plenty of options! just don't go with akg c3000 and all those...
    good choice from soundcard! i hear good things about it!
  6. misnomer

    misnomer Guest

    Thanks for the suggestions! I've had a look around and I think I'm going to go with the NTK2.

  7. LittleDogAudio

    LittleDogAudio Active Member

    Sep 24, 2004
    I had a session the other day and was demoing Blue Microphone's
    Baby Bottle.

    I used it on Vocals, electric guitar (slightly over-driven bluesy), stand-up bass and acoustic guitar.

    The track turned out very nice and the songwriter/singer, who has tons of studio experiance, noted how clear and pleasant everything sounded.

    I wasn't intending to use the Baby Bottle on every track, but it was hard to beat so I stayed with it. I was using a Great River MP-2NV as a pre.

    The Baby Bottle is around $550-575 usd.

    Hope this helps,


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