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feedback on the Behringer B2 microphones !!!
Old 14th October 2002
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feedback on the Behringer B2 microphones !!!

Hi all,

I'm looking to get some mics for room when tracking my drums. So far i have 2 Shure KSM32 for overhead, SM57 snare, Beta52 on bass drum and MD421 on toms. All mics go through the Daking pre/eq.
I thought of getting another AKG 414 TL-II as i already own one but the 414 has a slight bump in the mid that i don't dig that much for this purpose so i thought of the AT 4050 until someone recommanded the Behringer B2 and said that he prefers them over the U87 !!! shit !! thart's quite a statement for a $ 300 microphone...Anyways, what are your commenst/suggestions ?? Thanks
Old 14th October 2002
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The B2 is 'metallic' sounding. While that might not be the greatest on vocals, it's killer as a drum room mic. It has replace the U87 I used to use as a room mic. (I guess I was that guy) One of it's main flaws is that even in Cardiod patten, it picks up a wide pattern. There's little rejection from the back, which sucks unless you are really only looking for an omni mic.
Old 14th October 2002
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e-cue,

No, you're not the guy in question but thanks for the response. Metallic sounding is not what i like in a room tone but i still will check them out as it is not always easy to describe sound in words.
Old 14th October 2002
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Hi e-cue ! how are you? Never imagined would find in here either. In fact, I do not come very much to thisnice forum, hope to be more present..

The AT4050´s are great, why our friend doesn´t take a look at the At4040´s?

Nice week
Old 14th October 2002
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Nice to see you over here Alécio.

Metalic is the closest buzz word I can use to describe it, but it's more descriptive when trying to cut, say, vocals or guitar. The reason I like it as a room mic is because it picks up a much wider pattern than most other mics. A B2 room mic through almost any mic pre (the 1073 and Sytek being my current fav) and a distressor on NUKE is just incredible. The 4040 is a decent mic for these apps as well.
Old 14th October 2002
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Hi e-cue!
Although this is not the place to criticize brands... seems you are the first engineer that I have seen saying good comments about this mic. I myself had never tried it. Will take a look at that either!

Nice week!
Old 15th October 2002
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Quote:
Originally posted by Alécio Costa
Hi e-cue!
Although this is not the place to criticize brands... seems you are the first engineer that I have seen saying good comments about this mic.
Well, I'm one of these smucks that tries to find a good use for ANY product. While I think their EQ's are horrid, a lot of Behringer gear gets a bad rap. Even the stuff they didn't rip off from other companies. I've shown off the B2 as a drum room mic to several engineers, 3 of which went out and bought one for themselves.
Old 15th October 2002
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Some years ago I had a mackie 2404, which was my first "big" board.

One year later Behringer had a similar product... A bad done copy instead..

Now they took the approach of the Yamaha 01V and imrpoved its features..

Isn´t it against law in the US?

I have a Behringer Ukltracurve that I use as RTA to impress clients. It uised to generate a nasty distorton at its outs and damaged 3 tweeters of my monitors!!!

My patchbay also is awful. A mic pre I had used to output different gain levels at the L/R channels with stereo balanced signals.

The only one that goes well in here is their exciter....

so.. any similar behavior with you gear friend?

I was curious about their new mic pre with 96k output.. seems similar to the focusrite tone factory!

Old 16th October 2002
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Well F*ck me sideways with a bargepole...

After buying a bunch of Behringer gear back in my youth I decided to never touch them again, but after that endorsement I'm gonna have to get a pair.

BTW is it even LEGAL to hook up something ostensiably so cheap and nasty to such a beautiful signal path?!

Old 18th October 2002
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Behringer gear

I have had one piece of Behringer gear in my studio; a de-noiser which was a combination sliding low-pass-filter (to remove hiss) and exapnder (to remove hiss). It did its job well, but would leave things sounding somewhat "dead"; but without the noise.

- Sam
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