Originally Posted by guitarmax_99
Thanks for the imput. So staying away from LDC's for miking guitar cabs is probably the best route to take. Interestingly, the literature on Both of the LDC's I'm considering suggests that they can handle high SPL's, but promotional sales lit needs to be taken with a serious grain of salt. Thanks (to you and Tiny) for helping me cut through the BS. For guitar cab miking, I guess I'll stick with my SM-57 for now (although I was just given an old AKG D1000E
that I haven't plugged in yet - anyone have any experience with these mics?). Thanks for your suggestions for Dynamic Mics - I will probably end up picking up some more in the future as I continue to add to my tool box.
You could do a lot worse than your SM57
for guitar cabs.
As for the LDCs...they are great for more delicate applications (vocals, acoustic guitar, shaker, etc)...or for room/ambient mic'ing on drums (think Glyn Johns/recorderman method). Man...the RE20
is so versatile...it is the kick mic of choice for many...and kills on vocals. A little pricy, even used ($260-350) ...but it will be a cornerstone in your mic locker.
As for the AKG you mentioned...are you sure it isnt a C1000S (Small Diaphram Condensor with 9 volt battery option)? If so, they work well for acoustic and drum overheads (I own a pair)...but they are not well liked by many of the seasoned vets here. I am not a professional engineer...but I do play one on tv...and I am going to upgrade from them to Oktave MK12s or buy another MK 319 to use with my other one for drum overheads. The C1000s have served me well, for what its worth...but they were my first overhead purchase...and I dont have much to compare them to.
Might I also suggest an Oktava MK219
or 319? They blow the NT1A away stock (less colored...more balanced) and if you mod them via Michael Joly (Oktavamod.com)...they SMOKE anything this side of a vintage Neumann (overexageration to prove a point...but some pretty savvy engineers have said this). You can ebay them for $150 (give or take)...
Tear it up...