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ADK A-48 Opinions? Condenser Microphones
Old 12th September 2007
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ADK A-48 Opinions?

Does anybody have experience with these? I didn't even know they were being made until I stumbled upon one on Ebay looking for something else.

Looks like ADK's loose interpretation of a U 47.

Chime in with opinions please. These mics have peaked my interest. I want a Hamburg, I may have to add this to the list!
Old 14th October 2007
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ADK is no loose interpretation of neumann

tested yesterday an adk project g cx-1 vs. MG
MICROTECH GEFELL GmbH Deutschland - english-

page 14, studio mics, the 4th from left to right

with tascam 2400 mic-pres and yamaha ns-10s
everybody agree the ADK sounded better

i owned 2x u47fet, and have tested 2x vintage neumann u87 vs. MXL v63m

i hear/think
ADK, MXL, shure k, sounds better than most vintage neumann and MG, akg

i dont like tube mics for vocals, great for snares, and some guitars, and some perc

buy all ADK
buy all MXL V series
buy millenia media hv3
buy john hardy m-1
buy focusrite liquid channel,
buy great cables, ---> i want to test apogee wide-eye aes xlr cables

vintage neumans and MG sound darker and/or colored, and polar patterns are wider/lossy,
cardioid its wide cardioid almost figure 8, and wide cardioid its almost omni and fig.8 in vintage mics

new mics are transparent, cleaner, polar patterns are tighter
tubeless and transformerless are sound brighter and detailed
you will need not add eq

love ADK and MXL and Shure k

the best way its to rent expensive mics, and test A/B yourself
and add a voxengo tape bus or izotope ozone tape, or cakewalk fx2 tape
sonic favours dq7 or kjaerhusaudio geq7
GCO-1 or modern plugins
Lynx Aes16 SynchroLock(TM) and you will have a super detailed sound!
Old 15th October 2007
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I had one very briefly quite some time ago. I recall it had a fairly aggressive nature and had what was (perhaps) a slightly saturated tone that was interesting. Which is not much help here though. I went with the ST which was less expensive and what I considered a more practical middle ground at that time for my early venture into a multi pattern.
Old 15th October 2007
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I splurged and went with a Pearlman TM-1 for my tube (U47-ish) mic.

I'm loving the newest the ADK's (Vienna and Hamburg) for some vocals, overheads and acoustic guitar, but I'd never say they are better then a vintage Neumann (or the Pearlman for that matter).

Just my .02
Old 15th October 2007
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Friend of mine who is focusing on vocals on a quite high level had A48 and sold it after some time since he was not satisfied with it. In direct comparison with U87 it was quite clear that U87 gives a better sound and A48 sounded like microphone from a lower league. Then he bought a highest ADK model ADK CE. It was much better mike, really comparable to U87 - for vocals IMO even better. After some time he needed money for U47 so he had to sell ADK CE. I bought it from him and am very happy owner.
This month he told me that he still thinks about buying ADK CE again. Missing it.

I also really recommend all ADK and MXL V stuff. Check also russian made Oktavas. (MK319, MK105, etc.). A lot of people prefer modded ones against originals.

My opinion is that ADK plays now succesfully in the highest league of microphones but they are not known so much.
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