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Schoeps M221 or Neumann KM264 Condenser Microphones
Old 11th December 2008
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Schoeps M221 or Neumann KM264

I can get a Neumann KM264 and Schoeps M221 at about the same price.
I need the mic mostly for acoustic guitar and other acoustic instrument duties. Perhaps also for percussion or cymbals/hihat.

Which mic would you go for?

Styles are singer songwriter to alternative rock.

Btw the Scoeps is the earlier(I think) ELA M221f. I think it was originally sold to France.
Old 12th December 2008
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Since I only know and have used the Schoeps M221B, that would be my first choice. I have posted here about them before. We were recording acoustic guitar and we were in the control room monitoring. We kept hearing a ticking sound and finally figured out that it was the wristwatch on the performers hand. Sensitive microphones they are. In our experience they have beat every other small diaphragm microphone that has ever existed - minus maybe the Neumann KM56, which we also know and love dearly. Good luck with your decision!
Old 12th December 2008
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Thanks guys!
(Not so) worst case scenario I´ll buy both.
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