Originally Posted by JulianFernandez
Eric, did you had the chance to work with "budget" OHs mics that you actually liked? Something like the Sm81 maybe?
I do own an SM81 and do use it. It was the mono room mic on the recent TBS record. There is also this crazy Apex 460 tube mic that is impossibly cheap. You can get it for $189 with a great shock mount, power supply, and plastic case! Its insane. I couldn't get someone in the US to make the metal housing for that microphone for less than $200. Anyway, it is an incredible value. The mic actually sounds pretty good as is. Its a little hypey sounding in the high end. Not the most natural sound I've ever heard in my life but totally usable. We moded the circuit to replace some of the very cheap components and clean up some lazy choices in the circuit design and it sounds a bit better (there is lots of info about mods for that mic on the web). I am still searching for a replacement capsule. If I find the right capsule there is no reason that mic wouldn't be as usable as my 67s or 251 or C12As.