Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

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Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

Postby Orange Adam on Mon Oct 05, 2009 11:31 am

Out of all these which one would u choose for studio home recording?
Please tell why.

Rode NT1-A, NT1000

Audio-Technica AT2020

Joemeek JM37DP * *

Joemeek JM47

M-Audio Luna

SE Electronic SE2200A, SE1000A

Studio Projects B3, C1, B1, B3



These are in my price range.

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Re: Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

Postby madstrat on Mon Oct 05, 2009 2:12 pm

i like the rode...i have the NT-2A, which has the same capsule as the NT1-

incredible on vocals and acoustic instruments;

the thing is so sensitive, i'd swear you can hear angels whisper on playback thru the cans

the AT stuff is quality as well

the other brands seem a little pro-sumer to me..
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Re: Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

Postby wolfhead on Mon Oct 05, 2009 3:08 pm

Studio Project mics are excellent for the price but what are you planning to record? That makes a big difference.
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Re: Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

Postby pckpat on Mon Oct 05, 2009 5:00 pm

gee,being right next door to austria,it's too bad you can't get a deal on some akg stuff(414? 8) ).also mxl is a very reasonable price-i have the 4000,came w/a bonus small condenser mic, and a suspension,and windscreen-around $200us@mf last year. :o -might not be quite up to the standards of what you're looking for though.the rode line is consistently praised in reviews for it's price range.as the other poster mentioned,what instruments/voice you plan on micing will determine a lot.some will add a bass effect,or more mids,etc.
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Re: Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

Postby Orange Adam on Mon Oct 05, 2009 9:47 pm

mainly vocals
some acoustic, reso.
The ones i mentioned i can get locally....
thanx.
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Re: Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

Postby Orange Adam on Sun Oct 11, 2009 6:00 pm

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Re: Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

Postby Dai on Mon Oct 12, 2009 6:32 am

this help any?

http://www.studioauditions.com/jamroomsessions_home.php

(sorry, I have no idea how accurate the clips are to reality. The best sound I've found inexpensively so far is SM57/58 through a mic input transformer equipped mic pre. Was wondering about this subject also (i.e. if any of the low cost mostly Chinese condensers are usable--"overperformers?")
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Re: Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

Postby onedrum on Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:01 am

rent a mic to do whatever project you need to do immediately.. then save a little more and buy a neumann tlm 103. "relatively" cheaper mic from them that sounds absolutely amazing.
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Re: Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

Postby kominak on Wed Oct 14, 2009 11:47 am

I have been using Studio Projects B1 for vocals and acoustic guitar in my home studio for a couple of years - but I only record myself and I still use the mic because it sounds good on my voice. From what I read at the time it was the cheapest mic that could provide usable results. If I were shopping for a cheap mic today, I'd order online 3-4 mics, try it on my voice and guitar, keep the one I like the best and return the others.

I have heard many recordings comparing various mics on male/female vocals, acoustic guitars and drums and all the cheap mics (SP, SE, Rode, AT, MXL, ...) sounded just like that - a cheap mic. That doesn't mean you can't get usable result with some EQ tweaking.
They all sounded a little different, but you could always draw a very clear line between them and the more expensive Neumann/AKG stuff.
SP B1 is one of the cheapest of the bunch, but I don't see any reason for upgrading until I have enough money for AKG C414 - it's the only large diaphragm condenser that sounds really good on acoustic guitar, imho.

The one exception to the rule are maybe russian Oktava mics... especially modded ones.
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Re: Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

Postby wolfhead on Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:19 pm

From the list you provided I would go with one of the Studio Projects mics. They're pretty darn good for the price.
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Re: Help me buy a condenser budget mic.

Postby Vortexion on Sun Nov 01, 2009 6:37 am

Not on your list, I know, but if you can find a Russian Oktava MK319 you'll get a lot of mic for not very much money.

Further reading...

http://www.oktava-online.com/mk319.htm
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