Originally Posted by sleepwalker
Consider skipping the cheap condenser and using some cheap dynamics for the time being. In my opinion, they're easier to fit into a mix. Then, when you're ready, drop $800-1500 on an actual condenser.
First off, I don't know if bumping a topic this old is against any rules....someone please let me know if it is. I do a lot of research when I buy mics and end up reading a lot of old threads, and felt the need to reply to this for the sake of my fellow recordists out there.
I'm no expert, but I disagree with that statement and here's why. I've always been on a budget, so I've had to buy what I could when I could afford it. Most of my mics are in the $200-$500 range. Even though they are on the lower end of the spectrum, they still have their own character and I use them for different applications. For example, I own an MXL V6 ($300), an MXL 3000 ($200), ADK S7 ($300), and a beyerdynamic m260 ribbon ($440), among many others. The 3000 sounds solid on strummed acoustic, the v6 sounds great on more delicate, fingerpicked parts. The m260 works really well for crunch guitar. I might use all of those for their parts in a song, and put up the s7 for vocals.
Basically, I get some pretty cool sounding tracks that have a unique character, even though I'm not using $800-$1500 condensers. That said, all those mics together = $1240. As it is, I use a lot of different mics and make them sound cool in a mix altogether. My tracks would sound pretty boring after awhile if I owned one pro tube condenser and used it on everything on every song, would they not?
When it comes down to it, I'd say probably don't buy the bottom of the barrel cheap shit, but a lot of cool sounds can be gotten from a bunch of $250-$600 budget mics through some good pres. It's also made me better at recording having to work harder and be creative with what I have, for that matter. My 2 cents. (That said, I can't wait til I get my tax return which I plan to spend in part on an AKG c414. We all have to start somewhere.