hi nathan - i am not generally a fan of hypers either, and have not enjoyed hyper caps from other panufacturers, including DPA. however, the mk41 schoeps seems a bit different beast in my limited experiences with that capsule. many tapers perefer hypers due to them not often being able to capture the best location for a stereo pair, and needing the extra reach of hypers when more distant from the stage. the two times i was able to use the mk41s, they were much more effective in the studio than my mk4
caps - cleaner, not as much proximity effect (as you could easily pull back a bit more) - just seemed to like them better for what i was doing. though, these days, i am finding that mic selection and preamp selection are not nearly as critical to me as i used to think they were - it is WAY more important to have a good performance in a nice sounding space - given that, i can generally capture a good recording with almost anything in my cabinet. these days, all iwant in a microphone is a flat response curve and as transparent as possible. lyn fuston's 3D mic CD
is a perfect illustration of this - there is hardly $0.05 difference in any of the mics he tested, just minor differences, and certainly nothing that convinced me that mics make the diffrence between average and stellar tracks. good performance, good space, good ears to mix - most equipment nowadays seems to work just fine to me. i can almost do the same work with $100 mics and mackie preamps as i can with 4011s and HV3s. btw, i really like your website and store - you carry lots of wonderful gear - and i know we all appreciate your participation on these forums.