Okay folks. So I received my microphone and wanted to post some thoughts on it. Frankly, I was expecting more of a microphone when I got it. I really didn't think it would be this little. Infact, it was downright ugly looking and I was very pessimistic about it....that is, until I plugged it in.
A series of "Wow's" was my first sonic reaction to it. I wasn't expecting this mic would capture such a huge sound. It's a natural sound and balanced without any harshness with extremely low self noise.
The first thing I did with it was put it on a mandolin. Not just any mandolin, but one that I've had which I can only get to sound musical using high end mics. I mic'ed up the mandolin about 5 inches off body into an Avalon vt737sp
channel strip, Lynx Aurora 16
converters. The minute I plucked the string, it sound like someone else posted, "right". No brittle sound, but very delicate, and balanced in tone. I captured what I was looking for right away when recording an acoustic instrument. If you know what a mandolin should sound like raw, this would be a perfect example. I'll post a clip of it for you all the hear.
I also put it on an acoustic and it totally nailed the sound and captured a wonderful lush sound. Especially the strumming which can get to 'clicky' if done with the wrong mic.
Next up I put it on a drum set. Since I only bought one mic I put it on top of the snare, about 3 feet high to function as an overhead mic. I recorded a few passages with the same signal chain. When I got back to the control room and heard the sound from this little guy I was floored at how huge and smooth it sounded and what a great job it did in capturing the set. The problem with low end mics is that they sound brittle and harsh on the cymbols, many of them can't take care of the high frequncies, but this little mic did a fantastic job. Even though this mic is inexpensive, I won't be calling this a low end mic. I'll post a clip so you can judge for yourself.
Judging from the sound of the microphone, I'm going to be putting it on a horn section later this week. It just has a right tonal quality where it begs to be put on sources like that. I'll post those results also.
Oh by the way, I was having trouble finding a clip it would fit in, but then I remembered I had one of those vintage aligator type mic clips that use to come with the old akg pencil mics. That clip just clamped on to it and got the job done. I also looked around the studio and found one shock mount which would work well for the mic. So I'll be getting a few more of those mounts now.
I've ordered 2 more and I can see this microphone being a workhorse microphone which is going to have a very long life in my studio. Hell of a great mic.
EDIT: One more thing I would like to add if you guys are curious, the drum set is a Tama Star Classic.