Which make/model is your favorite mic?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by matthewvandenham, Feb 12, 2009.

  1. Also I haven't tried out any Neumann or Rode mics, which model do you recommend I try?
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I'd recommend you try them all. Rode and Neumann are two wildly different brands - both are good.

    I don't know if I have a general "favorite" mic. I have mics that I choose for their characteristics in certain situations. Right now I'm digging the combination of AEA R88 and Sennheiser MKH8040 - some of the best money I've spent in a LONG time.

  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    I had a favorite mic...ONCE. It was a U87 I bought brand spankin' new in 1975. It ended up getting stolen, and this truly broke my heart. I have never been the same since then.
    Take it from someone who's been there, done that. Don't get too hung up on a favorite mic. It will take you down Misery Lane every time....LOL!!!!
    Seriously, nothin' fancy:
    Beyer M99 large diaphragm dynamic
    Beyer M160 ribbon
    A-T AT4047 LDC
    E-V RE200 SDC
    Sennheiser MD421
    and some obscure lump of potmetal called a 57...
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    My current favorite is an early 80's Neumann U87. Also I'm really partial to a particular SM57 UnidyneIII I have. Havent seen a 57 that sounds like this one......ever.

    In the past....Neumann KM84 pair, Sennheiser MD409, Shure SM81, and finally Beyer M500(actually it broke...bad ribbon)
  5. JPstudios

    JPstudios Guest

    SounDelux has a pricey but very nice line.
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I've got all the good ones. But my favorite, SM58.

    Dear Mr. Shure, The economy sucks. I'm looking for work.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  7. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Shure PG58.
    Best mic I've personally used.
  8. FlyBass

    FlyBass Active Member

    Oct 31, 2007
    Central Indiana, USA
    Shure SM57.

    It must be my favorite because I've been them for over 30 years.
  9. iamfrobs

    iamfrobs Guest

    Is that true or a joke?

    If you have never used a 57 I would ship you one of mine.
    Not as good as those Nady condensers though.
  10. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Well-Known Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    Iamfrobs, that is entirely true.

    I inherited a bunch of gear when I volunteered (if I ever consciously did) as church sound guy and the best mics we have are 3x PG58s.
    Next, 2x AKG D310S and a pair of AT Xm5's.
    Oh, and a bent Shure Prologue 12H I'm convinced came out of a skip.

    I won't take up on your offer though, I think shipping one to Scotland and back would be incredibly silly.
    If I sent it back.
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