Originally Posted by guitarboy94
I don't mean to be an ass, but comparing the B1 to a C1 is sort of like comparing the thicknesses of a toothpick and a pop sickle stick.
Both are, IMHO, thin sounding, sibilant Chinese crapola mics. I've used both many years ago. And they're both distant, bad memories....
AT4040, however, is a step up in quality (though my least favorite in the 40 series). More of a full, neutral sound. Good on instruments and some voices. The whole AT 40 series is respectable and you'll find them in real, pro studios.
I tried the MXL 2003A as well and really wanted to like the mic (Because of Mike Joly raving about it). I found it decent on instruments, but terrible on vocals. Sounded pretty thin to me. Sibilant, no, but definitely thin. The mic is 140 bucks new and you get what you pay for.
Start saving for a used Audio Technica 4047. For the price, that mic will rock your world. You can get one used for around 350 bucks.
Thanks for your reply my friend.
I don't really have a lot mic experiences before. But once, I have used a crappy dynamic mic a while back and it made my voice sound soooo thick and muddy, and literally it became my haunting memory... lol anyways, so I'm trying to avoid that to happen again. The reason I put B1 and C1 in my list is cuz of course many wonderful reviews online everywhere, but also a shoot out on youtube: Rode NT1-A • Studio Projects B1 • Rode M3 • Shure SM58 • Mikrofonvergleich - Sprache - YouTube
B1 IS, as you said, sibilant, but I kinda feel it makes voice more clear, open, crisp and close, instead of sounding muddy like you speak or sing in a blanket~ I kinda want that (partially), just don't know if I should get B1 or C1 and what's the sound difference between these two. That's what I wanna know (giving that I can't find any store or place around Phoenix
AZ where I can try both of them). If you may help or be able to record a shoot out that'd be so nice of you and helpful :D
But I also want the voice to be deep in midrange or lower. So maybe mix another dark mic with what I get from B1 or C1 or maybe nt1a?? I was thinking about at 40 series since there are so many compliments on this forum and other discussions. But from this shoot out on youtube: Large Diaphragm Condenser Shootout: AT4050, NT2000, AT4033a, Sputnik - YouTube
(a funny shoot out) I found at40 series color the sound slightly more. But it does have a cut high end~ I don't know. You said 4040
is the least favorite then which one worth the money more? AT4070? Also if you have any shoot outs, that'd be great
So besides at4070, do you have any other suggestions on a mic under 500 bucks? They will be mainly on voice I forgot to mention lol Thank you so much for the reply!!!