Originally Posted by dickiefunk
I currently have a pair of Behringer C2 SDC mics which I was given for free and found these to be passable on reasonably loud sources but when recording quiet and delicate sources they became quite noisy!? They also needed a fair amount of gain. I would now like to buy something that has much better noise performance that requires less gain. I don't really want to spend a lot of money on this and would like to keep the budget under £100 for a single LDC.
What would you recommend as a low noise and high output small diaphragm condenser mic?
One of the best mics I own that rivals LDC's in the self-noise department is an AT3031 (spec is 16dB). But they're discontinued. I picked all three of mine used for around $100US per mic.