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23rd February 2008
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kel audio?

has anyone used the kel audio mics. they have been advertised on here are they any good?
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23rd February 2008
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Love the HM-1. Its getting pretty regular use. Its not hyped, like most other low-budget condensors.
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Got a pair of HM-1s. Great mics. They are more of a wide cardioid patten, so they end up getting used as spaced-pair mics when used together.




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23rd February 2008
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I love my HM-1 as OH'S .
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24th February 2008
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I have the HM-1s and love them on Drums and also things like Violins and Mando.
I also have the HM2d and it is an EXCELLENT vocal mic as well as a wonderful single Mic setup for acoustic guitar.
If I had the funds I'd pick up 2 more to try out on Drums.
They have more mids and low end than the HM-1 but still have a sweet upper end that plays nice with cymbals.
I am thrilled with their mics! They get a lot of use in my place with acoustic instruments, and now with voice as well.
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have any of you gotten 2 hm-1s and used them as over heads. how do they sound for that.
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Originally Posted by tamakid1292 View Post
have any of you gotten 2 hm-1s and used them as over heads. how do they sound for that.
I use 2 as OH'S and love it, they sound full,they are neutral,open in the hi without the harsh sound of some of the inexpensive microphone, i know it's not original as a description,but that's the way i hear it. i even send then a few sample to put on there website, and i'm not affliate it to the company or did i had a rebate to buy those microphone..... but when i hear a good product, who's inexpensive, i like to talk about that product........

Last edited by bigbone; 24th February 2008 at 09:30 PM.. Reason: mispell
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26th February 2008
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I jumped on the bandwagon and bought the HM1s.

They're really that good. They're the closest thing I heard to a neumann km56 for the price. It's really crazy. There's a bit of the classic german sound in it for lack of better description. Plenty of definition and headroom. With a little EQ it can do wonder.

So far they are good on:
- Screaming vocalists
- Quiet vocals
- Drums Overheads
- Guitar cabs
- Acoustic Guitars (need EQ though)
- Outstanding on classic instruments you'd find in an orchestra.

They're OK on bass cabs and toms.
They're bad under the snare.
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26th February 2008
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I have a pair of HM-1s and totally love 'em...especially for drum OHs.

I agree with Tiny that they have a wider cardoid pattern, but I find this works just fine with the "Recorderman" or Glyn Johns type setups.

I find they can smooth overly bright and brash cymbals, and render toms very very well... warm, fat low-mids and mids. Smooth and round is how I would describe them.

I have used them as OHs for tracking hard rock, reggae, and funk/r&b stuff and been quite happy with the results in nearly all cases (though I tend to be pretty easy to please e)

And they are cheap too...at only 129 bucks US each!(but sure don't sound that way) Check 'em out at Kel Audio.
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Originally Posted by tamakid1292 View Post
has anyone used the kel audio mics. they have been advertised on here are they any good?
I have 4 HM-1's. They are that good. I don't think anyone will be replacing their 87's with them but they are very useful tools. They work well on drums. You may need a pad if you use them on individual drums but not on overheads.

As stated before, they don't have a big top end boost like many less expensive condensers which is why I love them. Much more natural sounding which makes them adaptable to a lot of sources.
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26th February 2008
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I jumped on that wagon last week (for the price how could you not). We were jamming the other day and I set up one HM-1 in the room through my interface to Laptop. It sounded suprisingly good and natural. Can't wait to try these suckers on overheads!
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27th February 2008
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Seems like the HM-1 is feeling a lot more love than the HM2d. Why is that?
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Seems like the HM-1 is feeling a lot more love than the HM2d. Why is that?

The Hm2 just came out a few months ago
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27th February 2008
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Yes only this January in fact -

HM-1 are pretty flat all the way up to 20K with a dip somewhere between 1 and 2 K - They are SDCs

HM-2d deliberately roll off gradually from 12K >> 20K, and 50 Hz downwards - this creates a punchy tight low end and smooth top end. They are voiced more like dynamic mics - (similar to an SM7 apparently)... These are LDCs

Repost of Kelly's description below:

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Originally Posted by kelaudio
"The HM-1 is probably the more versatile drum overhead mic of the two. Everyone comments of how smooth they sound. The HM-2D are not as accurate off-axis since they are large diaphragm mics thus won't sound quite a natural and less airy. I recommend the HM-2D for closer micing of individual drums, or for picking up the front of the kit, as well as other hand percussion. (Just recorded an "egg" shaker the other day on a blues track and it sounded great -- full, rather than splashy -- for example.)

Either mic will have the effect of bringing the toms forward relative to the cymbals compared to a lot of other mics so you can achieve a more balanced sound with just a couple of mics."
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27th February 2008
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I just got a pair of HM-1s, so add me to the group singing their praise.
Just a good sounding, won't break the bank microphone.

I got a used set, and they didn't have the shocks, so I emailed Kelly , and he got right back, and they are not on their way.
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28th February 2008
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I just got a pair of HM-1s, so add me to the group singing their praise.
Just a good sounding, won't break the bank microphone.

I got a used set, and they didn't have the shocks, so I emailed Kelly , and he got right back, and they are not on their way.
Yeah.... Kelly is awesome eh! Very responsive and approachable. Heck, when I was going to buy my first HM-1, I just happened to be in Winnipeg, and Kelly was going to hand deliver my mic to my hotel room!! He was also going to show me his "new" mics (the P-1s I think) he was working on. Unfortunately circumstances didn't pan out (I had to run to the airport sooner than anticipated) and we never did hook up, but I was always amazed that he would even offer to come to where I was... that's outstanding customer service in my books
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