Best Room Mic (Figure 8/Omni) for under $500?
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Best Room Mic (Figure 8/Omni) for under $500?

hi...

I need an omni/figure-8 LDC to record signals that i'm re-amping to a tiled (bath)room... and also things like handclaps where i'm not going to be close-mic'ing

the music I would need it for would be folky/quirky/ad music type things

what would you recommend in the sub-$500 category?

I am quite interested in the bova ball... does anyone have experience with this as a room/ambient mic... NOT on drums, i.e quieter sources like ac. guitar, soft percussion etc

many thanks in advance for any opinions!
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Look for a used AT 4050, I think a new one might not be far from $500.00
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thanks guys

that c12 seems cheap for a reputedly nice tube/valve mic... hmmm... time to use the search function! plenty of food for thought here!

the bova ball does look so cool though
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You really need to check these websites out... they have incredible looking, and from what i can tell from the sound samples, sounding mics for really dirt cheap. Avant electronics, Cascade, and Joe Meek. I have a friend who has a few cascades... for the price i don't think they can be beat. oh and come come with switchable capsules so you can get different polar patterns.
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Cad- E-200 or E-300
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Has anyone ever used a Blue Bluebird as a room mic? I have one but never tried it that way.
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Not much of a stretch to go for a pair of Avenson STO-2. Of course the stretch ($50) gets you a pair and not one mic. That mic is detailed, has fast response and does room AND close mic'ing extremely well. They simply sound like where you put them, but not boring!

True omni design also.

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Look for a used AT 4050, I think a new one might not be far from $500.00
4050 or a Shure KSM-27.
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