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Rode NT1a pair For Overheads? Condenser Microphones
Old 13th September 2007
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Rode NT1a pair For Overheads?

I already have one Rode NT1a for recording Vocals / Instruments, and was considering making it a pair and using them for overheads. However I have an average room with average to crappy acoustics and I have heard large diaphragm mics are not good for this situation?

I'd basically like to know if its a silly idea to double my NT1a for overheads? It would be nice, but I'd rather spend a bit more on a separate pair, IF these aren't suitable for the situation I'm using them in. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

Old 13th September 2007
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max cooper's Avatar

You can record overheads in mono to see if you like the sound of that mic. Mono overhead can be nice.
Old 13th September 2007
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lowfreq33's Avatar

Never tried it, but I'd guess they'll be a little harsh. Could be eq-able though.
Old 13th September 2007
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I forgot to mention I'm using them in a 4 mic setup (2xOH 1xsnare 1xkick). So I would prefer a pair to give the stereo image.

Thanks for the info lowfreq - I may not waste my time with the large diaphragm then..

Max cooper - that is an idea, however I would prefer to however decide on a OH Mic pair before next week as I'm getting a drummer in to experiment with the sounds we can get and I'd prefer to be able to experiment with a stereo pair from the get go. I think it may be a good idea though to do a mono test.

Anyone know of any pairs I can get for around 500-700$ USD? I'm planning on recording styles including: pop, pop/rock, rock, folk.

Thanks again!
Old 13th September 2007
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I have actually used a pair of those as overheads in a pretty crappy room and was pleasantly surprised at the results. I recorded a blues band and had a very limited number of channels so I miced the drums with just those 2 mics, nothing else. I put some EQ and some Massey Tapehead on it, ran them through a pretty nice outboard compressor, and ended up with a pretty full, nicely balanced representation of the drums, with kik, snare, toms, and cymbals all where they should be. So don't count them out completely, if thats what you have, they definitely can work.

Old 13th September 2007
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NT1a's are definitely too bright for me, ESPECIALLY if you'd be relying on them for a significant part of the overall kit sound (ie not just cymbals, on which even then they wouldn't be amazing).
Old 31st January 2018
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Sleazy_Rider's Avatar

I have one lying about.

I'll try it shortly with this setup as a mono drum mic as OH and in front of the kit.

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