Originally Posted by DannyL
I have used IIo's in Kick drums, tablas, bodhrans, djimbes, bell trees and many other percussion instruments. I have also used them for piano, flute, banjo, vocal, Goal mics in soccer, corner mics in Hockey, front of stage mics for dancers and so forth.
Great, I see you're a real "power user" of Isomax mics, do you maybe have some audio examples of those percussion applications, would love to hear to have a better first idea...
Thanks for the mounting tips, but that's not a problem, I am proficient with "stage tape"...
@fifthcircle - thank you for some clarification, I think I originally saw that Kronos use Isomax in one of your posts. Do you have any audio of Isomax II application you can share?
What do you mean with "cut" for heavy proccessing and what is the "non-traditional" mounting and in what way does it improve the sound? What is critical with Isomax - what needs to be improved or "worked around"? I have impression that the "workarounds" for DPA are cutting the upper mids, not using boost grilles and using denoising plug-ins in post-production and/or using them with loud sources live. I have no ideas what are the short-comings of Isomax II and I'd like to know that, too.
Do you find them less pleasant and more brittle than DPA4061, since you mention the latter were too "smooth" for those specific Kronos quartet needs? Or does "cut" imply some mid forward quality in Isomax?
I was always very "pro" distant, overhead, natural, etc. micing, but with complex percussion set ups comprised of udu drums, tablas, frame drums, hang, chimes and various other small percussion & FX, djembes, darabukkas, dunun and different ethnic flutes, we started to realise that we get best results when we close mic silent instruments to get enough power and detail and use overheads only for some additional ambience... this creates much better illusion and sounds closer to CD's percussion sound that people are used to. So we started putting mini mics inside udu drums, clip or tape them on the side of frame drums, etc. It is not a completely "natural" sound, but I want a smooth pick up that can "artificially" produce a nice and beautiful, interesting sound (nobody naturally listens to udu drum from the inside, etc.)
There is an abundance of DPA4061 audio examples (although none for the close miced percussion...), but none for the Countryman Isomax II or some others I am still considering, now - Audio-technica ATM350, Audix ADX10...
What would be a general description of Isomax II sound? Even, smooth, detailed, noiseless OR harsh, hyped in some bands, noisy? What's the flat sound, without EQ - natural or plastic?
Direct comparison with DPA4061 would be great if someone can do that. I know that you cannot judge mics only from such examples, but it is enough of a first information, so you don't order mics that would not suit you at all and then have to return them, etc.