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SDC Choices?

Hey guys, i was wondering if anyone could help me out a little.

I was looking for a pair of SDCs for my studio, not too sure what i'd mic them up on (OH, guitars?, etc etc).
So versatility would be nice.

I currently own:
Rode NT2A
EV RE20
Apex 435 (lol)

Tracking, and mics in particular have never been the idea of my studio, but now that i've got everything i wanted i feel like i should expand my mic locker.

I've worked with the
AKG c454 (i think thats the model?)
and the Neuman K184s

i was looking at AKG SDCs and the Oktava MK-012, but i'm not too sure what other options are available to me.

My budget is around ~1000?
maybe a little more not too sure.

Suggestions?
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Just a few things that come to mind...

-Audio Technica AT 4041's ($600/pr) or 4051's (1k)

-The Beyerdynamic MC 930's (~$1k)

-Many like the Rode NT-5's

-Peluso CEMC6

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MC930, SM81... those are my favorites under a grand. I have MC930 myself.
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thanks, ill check out that beyer and the peluso mics.
i've only ever used the bigger tube pelusos
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those AT 4021's have been getting a lot of praise here lately, as well as the joly mods, and the oktava MC 012's.
the peluso sdc's have been reported to kick serious tone on both acoustic instruments, and OH's.
i want pairs of all of these...
my nt5's are a little overly bright, to me.
i like my ATM450's, quite a bit.
i love my 012, and want another.
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SDC Choices?

You might also want to check out the matched pair of josephson c42s, they go for about $1000
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i think i'm going with either peluso p24 (i think thats the model)
or the akg c451 (i think thats the model lol)

any thoughts?
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3 Zigma CHI.

Very (very) nice mics. Modular. The SD caps (card, hyper, free omni and diffuse omni) are plain, functional and authoritative. Four different LD caps are available too.
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I think the place to start is Rode nt5 as they get a lot of respect
I have a pr of ATM450's and they are kinda cool as they are side address
I have a single AKG c1000s that has always worked well for me at the 12th fret, in fact I really like the sound I get with the c1000 on the 12th and one of the ATM450's at the bridge. I would love to try a pr of Avantone CK1's. If they are as good as their CK-40 stereo mic, they would have to be killer and at only $150 a pc.
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I think i'd go for the oktava's and spend what you save elsewhere, they're amazing for the price, simple as!
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i was actually thinking of just sucking it up and getting the km184s.
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did you see the km84 vs oktava mod thread? very cool test.
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I have a couple of AKG C1000s mics, They work quite well and don't cost anywhere near a grand a pair, they can be a little on the bright side though.
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i was actually thinking of just sucking it up and getting the km184s.
If your thinking along these lines you might want to check out the Mercenary Audio KM 69 based on the 84 .
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SDC Choices?

I will definately check out the oktava mods.
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Josephson C42s a killer mics.

Versitile, easy to place/position, very solid build, clear, crisp sound.

Work great up close and at a distance.

Only pair of SDCs that I own, and I never find myself wishing for alternatives.
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I recommend what I have:

A pre-owned pair of Shure SM81's ($400) for when you need a flat / true to the source recording.

A pre-owned pair of Josephson C42's ($650) when you need a little more exaggerated high end.

No need to go matched with these two pairs because the quality control for these models are exceptional.

Your needs would be covered for about a grand.

Good Luck,
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