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Good all-purpose mic in $300 range. Condenser Microphones
Old 15th December 2010
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Good all-purpose mic in $300 range.

A friend caught the recording bug. I offered to lend him my Oktava MC012 as a general purpose mic on guitar amp, acoustic guitar, and (very) occasional vocals, and maybe bongos ... but he wants to just buy one. He has the Apogee duet, so he just needs a good mic that is around $300.

My recommedation was going to be go with a new Oktava MC012, or Studio Projects C1. Do you have any better suggestions/thoughts?
Old 15th December 2010
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No brainer....Studio Projects CS5.....you can find them on ebay for around $300.

DB
Old 15th December 2010
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No brainer....Studio Projects CS5.....you can find them on ebay for around $300.

DB
Oh nice. Didn't even know they released that. Thank you. Good reco. Others?
Old 15th December 2010
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Good all-purpose mic in $300 range.

Sm7b
Old 15th December 2010
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CAD M179 is half that price but is an extremely versatile mic and sounds great on a lot of sources.
Old 15th December 2010
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this mic is really great. Advanced Audio Microphones

very good all round mic. Its worth having a pair if you do drums and stuff as well.
Old 15th December 2010
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SM7b for sure
Old 15th December 2010
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The totally safe choice might be an AT4040. A great starter mike for anyone and will always remain useful.
Old 15th December 2010
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The totally safe choice might be an AT4040. A great starter mike for anyone and will always remain useful.
i almost suggested this one too. it was my first LDC and has served me well for years. when i got it i paid $500, i forget they're pretty cheap nowadays.
Old 16th December 2010
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Audix i5 is a nice all purpose microphone.
Old 16th December 2010
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My 2 personal favorites:
Kel HM7U or a used AT4047

Larry
Old 16th December 2010
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AT4040 or a CAD Equitek E-200.
Old 16th December 2010
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Old 16th December 2010
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Ditto on the Kel
Old 16th December 2010
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Anything from the at40xx line. If he could stretch his budget a bit (by $100 or so) he could get a at4050 of ebay used. It is a God send if your studio is on a budget (like mine). I can't ever seeing myself outgrowing it.
Old 16th December 2010
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Beyer M88
AWESOME on Piano. Gimme a couple M88s for the soundholes, and I'll take em to a couple of U87s.

I don't know how versatile they are though...
Old 16th December 2010
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a general purpose mic on guitar amp, acoustic guitar, and (very) occasional vocals, and maybe bongos
KSM32 (pre-owned).

Shure, why not.
Old 16th December 2010
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The best all purpose mic is the SM57. But for a condenser it is impossible to beat the Cad M179 at that price point. Get 2 and consider yourself lucky you have them. The KSM32 is good too but costs more and you will need or want to buy 2.

John
Old 16th December 2010
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ADK S7 anytime!
Old 17th December 2010
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SM7b for sure
+1 Without a doubt, a great all purpose mic thumbsup

A workhorse, and a beast on vocals and guitar amps.
Old 17th December 2010
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I am a huge fan of the sm7b. When it works (which is quite often) it really kicks a$$. However, I have ran into several situations that I thought it sounded terrible. I wouldn't think it to be the best choice for a all around mic.
Old 17th December 2010
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I am a huge fan of the sm7b. When it works (which is quite often) it really kicks a$$. However, I have ran into several situations that I thought it sounded terrible. I wouldn't think it to be the best choice for a all around mic.
I've been thinking about that too. While I'm a disciple of the great SM7b, it certainly wouldn't be my choice if I was limited to one mic for all my applications. Of all the mics I own (the number of which I've now lost track of) if I was gonna have to make one work for everything, without hesitation it would be the Kel HM7U. It's by far the most versatile mic in my collection.

Larry
Old 17th December 2010
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The KEL HM-7u does run a close second to my SP CS5 as a good all arounder. KEL makes some great mics. The HM-3c is the best fiddle mic I have ever used....and I have used a lot of mics to record the fiddle with through out the years.

David B
Old 17th December 2010
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+1 on the Beyer M88. Recently my favorite mic.
Old 17th December 2010
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used KSM 32 or used AT4047. The 4047 has a bit more mojo to it! Both are excellent workhorses.
Old 17th December 2010
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Another vote for AT 40xx series.
Old 17th December 2010
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Recording Bug

Since the original poster seems to have ruled out live performance,
here are a couple to consider:

BA-L2 large diaphragm fet

A multi-pattern mic will bring enhanced versatility.

Also, the MXL 9090, which is still available if you look on
Ebay, etc., has two selectable sounds, "dark", and "bright".

The MXL 9090 has pad and low cut switches, like the MXL v67i,
which it is modeled after, plus several improvements, such as a
single layer headbasket. After a $100.00 mod, it is right up there
with mics costing much more.

Also see:

Chris' Guitars - Pro Sound PA Gear and Studio, digiteal recorders, mixers, power amps, effects, microphone EV Shure AKG, new and used

I have no association with the vendors, they are listed with the
intention of sharing information.

HTH,
Emmit Sycamore
Old 18th December 2010
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acoustic guit, bongos and vox = Kel HM-7U - such a great mic.
Old 18th December 2010
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Electro Voice RE-20, but costs about $400. Great for sax, voice and many other applications.
Old 18th December 2010
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Another vote for AT 40xx series.
And yet another vote for AT 40xx. My AT4040 was some of the best money I spent when starting out, and I still use it regularly many years later.
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