Originally Posted by Livid
I have the same question as the OP. I'm also looking for a vocal condenser and have considered the Studio Projects C1, Studio Projects B1, AT4040, Rode NT1A, Blue Bluebird, and the AKG 220. There are a lot of mics in the $150-300 price range. What should one choose?
I'm glad my question brought the discussion from all you guys! Thanks a lot!
I actually went to Guitar Center just to see if they have any mics I can try on. Sadly they don't have Studio Projects line so I still don't know the sound of them. But I changed my mind after I actually tried some mics. I was really leaning toward Rode nt1a when I go cuz I want a little high end and thought it might give the intimate and clear sound. (also the shock mount popfilter and stuff lol) But surprisingly the sound of nt1a is kinda far and quiet. I mean it sounds like when you try to lower the noise you also lower the whole sound down. When you increase the gain it sounds better but then the sizzling high end came. Now I understand what all those guys were talking about.
But honestly it was still a nice mic and my friend said he would just go with it cuz it's cheaper and doesn't sound much differently at all. But to me, using the same gain and stuff, AT4040 sounds more intimate and close. Like someone is talking to you near your ear. And yes it does have a fuller midrange and bass, not really muddy as I thought I might be. So I was surprised. Guess I was prejudicial about AT.
So that's the thing. I also tried Rode nt2a and it sounds great! Better than nt1a IMO but just too expensive for me~ AKG Perception 420 sounds nice too but I can't really remember anything about it now lol sorry. Cuz I was too tangled up with the question Rode or AT......
So far all the people I have talked to picked AT4040 over nt1a. My friend picked nt1a first but then he changed his mind during the test. So I'm leaning toward AT4040 now. I wanna try SE series and maybe blue mics, but I already got like 4 mics out and was kinda embarrassed to ask for more lol. Maybe I will go again later and try out more lol (I'm so annoying...$%^$& lol)
Sorry that I probably restated the same opinion of many other guys who have comment in this forum before, but I guess until you really try the mics out you will never really understand. So yea do it. But seriously if I picked any one in the list without comparing to other mics, I'll still have a pretty good time with it cuz they are all good mics.
But thanks to all the guys who gave suggestions. I love learning about mics that I didn't really research on. So keep going if you have your opinions! Thanks a lot!