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Whats in your mic locker? Low-End Theory Condenser Microphones
Old 26th March 2003
  #61
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All right, I'll chime in with my inferior collection :-)

Mics:

AKG D112 (2)
AKG C 535 EB (2)
Audio-Technica 4033 (2)
Audix OM2
beyerdynamic M69N(C) (2)
beyerdynamic M101N(C) (2)
beyerdynamic M422N(C)
CBI Precision Series DI Box (4) (Not really mics, but they think they are!)
Earthworks SR71 (2)
Electro-Voice RE20
Sennheiser MD421 Mk II (2)
Sennheiser e604 (3)
Shure SM57 (9)
Shure SM58 (4)
Shure Beta 52 (2)


Pres:

Aphex 107
ART Pro MPA
Joemeek VC1
Joemeek VC3Q
Presonus MP20
(And of course those on the 'lil Mackie 1402 VLZ-PRO and the A&H GL2200-432.)

Some of the mics belong to friends, but we work together a lot. And remember that all of this crap goes out on the road. Fun stuff!!!

-GRW
Old 26th March 2003
  #62
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Shure
57 x 4
Beta 52
Beta 91
Beta 98DS x 3
Beta 58 x 2

AKG
451 x 3

Rodes
Classic II
NTK
NT1000
NT2

Audix
D2 x 2
D4

JDI DI Boxes x 3
Old 26th March 2003
  #63
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Dynamics:
1x Sennheiser MD441
1x Sennheiser MD421
1x AKG D190
1x Audix 300xb
1x Shure SM57
1x Electrovoice PL6
1x Electrovoice PL9
1x Electrovoice PL88
1x Electrovoice EV676
1x Audio Technica Pro25
2x Inkel MC808
1x Shure Beta52 clone
1x Philips mystery mic
1x Beyer M101

Condensers
1x Marshall v67
1x Neumann M49
1x Rode NT1

3x Marshall mxl 603
2x Behringer ECM8000
1x Oktava MC012
1x Audio Technica ATM33r
1x Electrovoice PL77
1x Shure SM819 boundary
2x CAD95

Ribbons
1x Bang & Olufsen BM6
1x Philips 4304

Inputs:
FMR Audio RNP dual channel
Symetrix SX202 dual channel
Symetrix SX302 dual channel
Opamp Labs EOR-360BM dual channel
ART Tube MP single channel
ST Audio dual channel
Old 27th March 2003
  #64
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my locker sucks!

Ok, how low can you go..... these are the mics I own and carry with me when needed:


AT 4033
SP C1
MXL 990 (x2)
MXL V67
CAD E-200

SM 57 (x6)
SM 58 (x6)
ATM 25 (x3)
Superlux PR 218a
Crown PZM (x2)

And a ton of mic's in my "live" sound system setup (57's, 58's, 56's, ATM25's).

Looking for D112, RE20, 414, 451, TLM 103.
Old 28th March 2003
  #65
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meager...

Man do I have a long way to go...
But since this is the "basement budget" forum...

AKG C3000B
Audix OM2 x2
BLUE Mouse (LOVE this mic)
MXL 2001P (yeah, I know...but mine ain't SO bad...)
MXL 603s
SM57x2
Neumann KM184x2
And I may have an EV RE-20 fall into my lap soon...


Pres:
JoeMeek VC3Q x2
and I just sent off to reserve a Sebatron VMP4000E

Ya gotta start somewhere.
Old 29th March 2003
  #66
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My very average mic kit is:

Shure
57 x 2
58 x 2
Beta 52

Rode
Classic II
NT1000
NT3 x 2

Apex
APEX 190 x 2

Audio Technica
ATM33a

Philips
SBC3050 Stereo Mic

All the best all you Gearsluters! thumbsup
Old 1st April 2003
  #67
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I have a CAD e350 that I love. Unfortunately I spend a great deal of time defending it to other gear slutz when I break it out instead of mics that start with names higher in the alphabet...

It doesn't color at all - maybe that's it fault. Probably contributes to its lack of popularity.

-G

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MICS

CAD VX-2 - CAD's flagship mic. I love the hell out of it! KILLERRR on distorted guitar cabs, vocals, and any room sounds. Too bad people shy away from the CAD name just cos they don't know it, or they think all CAD mics suck (some of them do). Probably among the best (top 10) modern LD tube mics around.

Old 1st April 2003
  #68
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(1) AKG C12VR
(1) AKG D112
(3) AKG C1000s (w/hypercardioid caps)
(1) AKG C3000b (modified)
(5) AKG C418
(1) AKG C419
(1) AKG SolidTube (modified)
(1) AKG C414buls (I wish it was a TLII)
(2) AKG C451B
(2) Earthworks M30 (dbx O.E.M.)
(2) Oktava MC012
(3) Sennheiser MD421 (various vintage)
(1) Sennheiser MD441-U
(1) RCA BK11A
(2) MXL V67black (modified)
(4) Shure SM57
(2) EV unknown model dynamics 1 is great for guitar, 1 is great for nothing.
(1) Radio Shack P.O.S. condenser. Great for trashy vox.
(2) ECM8000 (for talkbacks)

I am saving my pennies for a Soundelux U99. I really want a U95, but nobody wants to sell theirs.
fuuck
Old 2nd April 2003
  #69
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Mr. Cram, what's the mod on that V67B?
Old 2nd April 2003
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Mr. Cram, what's the mod on that V67B?
You're gonna hate my answer,

but I don't quite remember.

I did the mods a year and a half ago, and my memory tends to erase itself after six months. Take this with a grain of salt, but I think I swapped out some of their ****ty parts for 1% parts and I muted the mic body. I modified several mics at the same time so I kind of get what I did jumbled up. I remember swapping out an x-former, but that could have been a different mic.

Sorry.

If I get a spare minute tonight I'll look.

Old 2nd April 2003
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You mean you get WHOLE minutes spare???? What?? in the SAME day???

Damn but you dbx chappies must live an easy Life.......



I know the feeling about 6 month self deleting memory....

Now if only i could remember where i left that winning lottery ticket.....

Incidently, does anyone know of a Uk/european source of Electrolytics (NOT SMD) at better than ±20% tolerance....?????

The three companies (including macro in slough) that i used to know of have all gone belly up.....

So now I'm stuck with RS and Farnell etc, all of whom stare at you as if you are completely NUTS wanting anything better....
even better than ±5% resistors makes them Look genuinely puzzled....

"why would anyone want accurate components????" ......

I want to Live in the 33rd1/2 century.

Max.
Old 2nd April 2003
  #72
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Mr. Tom Cram,

If you get a chance, could you tell me what mods you made to the Solidtube?

Thanks!
Mark
Old 3rd April 2003
  #73
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That one I do remember. But only because I've been asked many times.

1. Replaced stock tube with NOS Tung-Sol (I'm sure a Tele or a Mullard would work just as well).

2. Removed internal pop filter

3. Muted mic body with adhesive velcro on the inside

4. Had local pro-audio shop make a new cable that goes from the mic to the power supply.

After these mods, the mic is really quite nice. The parts in it are of decent quality, so no need to swap (at least in the one I have).
Old 3rd April 2003
  #74
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More Questions for cram

Out of curiosity, what was the mod to the C3000B?

Thanks!
Old 3rd April 2003
  #75
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I took the remains of the SolidTube's internal pop filter and put it in the C3000. I had to cut it up to make it work. It helped tame some of the 8k(?) spikiness. I muted the mic body just like the SolidTube, and I think I swapped out a couple of parts.
Old 3rd April 2003
  #76
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Quote:
Originally posted by cram
3. Muted mic body with adhesive velcro on the inside
Care to explain that one a bit more? Is it just velcro strips stuck to the side? How many of them and how long? I have a few mics that could use that. I've also heard about people spraying some kind of automotive goop in there to stop vibration but that seems a bit messy.
Old 3rd April 2003
  #77
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Sure,

if you go to Lowe's (or your local equivalent) they have these large kits of adhesive Velcro. They come in strips, pads, buttons, etc. They include a fuzzy side and a hook side. I got a pack of the pads and cut out a square of the fuzzy side large enough to fit around the entire inner portion of the mic body.

If you take the mic apart the mic body is (usually) an individual brass tube. This brass tube is like a bell and quite resonant. Once you line the inside with the fuzzy Velcro, it is completely muted.

Truth be told, I don't really know if this does any good whatsoever, but it seems like a good idea. You wouldn't want any resonances from the mic itself I would think. All I know is the combined mods I mentioned earlier made my SolidTube sound like an entirely different microphone. Clean, clear, full bodied, articulate, etc.
Old 3rd April 2003
  #78
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Here's an updated list

LD condensers:
AKG C414EB
Audio Technica AT4033a
Microtech Gefell UM92.1s
Neumann M147
Neumann TLM103
Neumann U87i (2)
Soundelux U195

SD condensers:
AKG C451E (4) w/CK1(3), CK1s, CK2(2)
AKG C535EB
Audio Technica AT4041 (2)
Audio Technica AT4051a (2)
Calrec CB21c/CC51
Neumann KM184 (3)
Neutrik 3382 - ¼“ omni

Dynamic mics:
AKG D1000C
AKG D112
AKG D12E
AKG D30
Audio Technica ATM25
Beyerdynamic M260 ribbon (2)
Beyerdynamic M201-N
Beyerdynamic M80 cardoid
Sennheiser MD21 omni (2)
Sennheiser MD408N
Sennheiser MD409
Sennheiser MD421N (5)
Sennheiser MD421-U5 (3)
Sennheiser MD441N (2)
Shure SM545s
Shure SM57 (5)
Shure SM58 (2)
Shure SM7
Shure SM77
Telefunken MD405s

Pre's:
D.W.Fearn VT-1
Trident MTA A-range
Avalon VT737-SM
Great River MP-2NV
Drawmer 1969
Amek 9098 eq (2)
Neumann V476b (4)
Neumann PMV70
Neumann PV76N
Neumann PV46N (9)
DR 3-1947 (2)
DR 3-2213
+ 24 channels of Soundtracs Solo onboard pre's

Old 5th April 2003
  #79
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enough mics (barely) to track a band.

1- akg d-112
3- sennheiser md-421
2- sennheiser md-441

stereo pairs

2- akg c-414b-uls
2- royer r-121
2- blue baby bottle
2- blue mouse
2- blue blueberry
2- blue kiwi
2- røde classic II
2- groovetubes gt-67
2- aea r84
1- dirk brauner vms1
2- earthworks qtc1
1- schoeps kfm 6
1- schoeps cmxy 4vu
1- schoeps mstc 64g
1- calrec soundfield
2- sanken cu-41

i did have some vintage mics but sold them to avoid the maintainance costs.
Old 6th April 2003
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I have 3 SM 57's and 2 SM 58's. I've been thinking about getting another 57 because I hate odd numbers...By the way, I technically don't have a locker to put my mics in yet so that may have to be my next purchase.
Old 6th April 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by cram
Sure,

if you go to Lowe's (or your local equivalent) they have these large kits of adhesive Velcro. They come in strips, pads, buttons, etc. They include a fuzzy side and a hook side. I got a pack of the pads and cut out a square of the fuzzy side large enough to fit around the entire inner portion of the mic body.

If you take the mic apart the mic body is (usually) an individual brass tube. This brass tube is like a bell and quite resonant. Once you line the inside with the fuzzy Velcro, it is completely muted.

Truth be told, I don't really know if this does any good whatsoever, but it seems like a good idea. You wouldn't want any resonances from the mic itself I would think. All I know is the combined mods I mentioned earlier made my SolidTube sound like an entirely different microphone. Clean, clear, full bodied, articulate, etc.
This sounds like a good idea. I've done David Royer's tube mod to several Marshall V67's and the mic body on those does indeed ring like a bell. I'm going to try this!

Thanks Tom!

mike
Old 8th April 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by cram
if you go to Lowe's (or your local equivalent) they have these large kits of adhesive Velcro. They come in strips, pads, buttons, etc. They include a fuzzy side and a hook side. I got a pack of the pads and cut out a square of the fuzzy side large enough to fit around the entire inner portion of the mic body.

If you take the mic apart the mic body is (usually) an individual brass tube. This brass tube is like a bell and quite resonant. Once you line the inside with the fuzzy Velcro, it is completely muted.
So I got some Velcro and cut four strips that are the length of the mic body and tacked them to the sides. It went from a bell like ping to a more muted 'bong'. Is that right? Or should it not have any resonance at all? We should probably take picutres and compare because I think I screwed up, or my expectations were too high.
Old 8th April 2003
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Breakin' out the velcro, huh
Old 8th April 2003
  #84
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Quote:
Originally posted by Jay Kahrs
So I got some Velcro and cut four strips that are the length of the mic body and tacked them to the sides. It went from a bell like ping to a more muted 'bong'. Is that right? Or should it not have any resonance at all? We should probably take picutres and compare because I think I screwed up, or my expectations were too high.
Jay,

I dont get it...

Why would anyone want to stick pieces of Velcro on a $700 or $800 mic? I can see using Velcro on a $2000.00 mic but a 700.00 or 800.00 dollar mic? It's not a good idea because they are cheaper in value.

Look, I have no problem with cheap equipment. What I have a problem with is stuff that's as cheap as it is cheap. And Velcro is cheap. Even if it can fix any cheap shockmount with parts that strip and don't hold a position. It may hold up for weeks in my serious studio, but at some point it's going to become a problem, because it's cheap and i'm not cheap or as cheap as I think I'm not!

Using das Neumann mount vill give me no concerns about hanging the mic 7 or 8 feet over a drum set (which may cost a few thousand) and leaving it there for a week and a half. The MXL and other cheap mounts don't give me the same level of confidence i like to feel in my serious recording studio. I barely trust the one I have in front of a expensive guitar amp, not because it may slip but because it's a cheap mount and someone may see it.
Old 8th April 2003
  #85
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Alright... I guess I deserve that.

The Velcro in this thread has been applied to the inside of a mic body. In this case an MCA SP1 which is a cheap-o China mic. I got three of them from Sam Ash for the amazing low price of $99. At $33 a mic I can **** with them and if I destroy one or lose it on a live gig I'm not going to cry about it. I was thinking about doing the Royer tube mod a pair of them but they all sound kinda different so I haven't investigated that. They aren't even close enough for overheads, let alone anything more critical.

Anyway, the idea was to mute some of the body resonance in a $30 mic and see if I could make them more usable. Not to keep an $800 mic from slipping and falling to ground. To date I've used the MCA's once on something that made it to a mix and it was only a funny comment after a take because it was the talkback mic. Which BTW, is hanging from the ceiling by a mic cable. No really, it is. The only problem I have with Velco on the outside of a mic is that at some point you'll want to take it off and it's going to be sticky as hell. It doesn't matter if it's an $80 mic, an $800 mic or an $8000 mic. I still wouldn't put Velcro or anything sticky on the outside of it.
Old 8th April 2003
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Jay's got it. It's an attempt to make a cheapo mic more useable. The Jock strap goes inside your gym shorts.

Jay, when I was done with mine the body didn't even go "bong," If I tapped on it it went "tink, tink." Once it was all put back together, it didn't even make any sound at all.
Old 8th April 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by cram
Jay's got it. It's an attempt to make a cheapo mic more useable. The Jock strap goes inside your gym shorts.

Jay, when I was done with mine the body didn't even go "bong," If I tapped on it it went "tink, tink." Once it was all put back together, it didn't even make any sound at all.
I did this to my V67 last night. Not only did it not go "tink tink" or "bong," but when I plugged it in it didn't make ANY noise at all! No matter how loud I shouted into it!heh

But seriously, seems like killing body resonance on a mic would be a 'good thing.' I'll know more after i use it this weekend.

Mike
Old 8th April 2003
  #88
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Here's one of my V67's with the Royer tube mod.
Old 8th April 2003
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Cool!
Old 8th April 2003
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Quote:
Originally posted by cram
Sure,

All I know is the combined mods I mentioned earlier made my SolidTube sound like an entirely different microphone. Clean, clear, full bodied, articulate, etc.
I've done a similar mod to my Solidtube and it was very effective at making it into a nice, useable microphone. I think I subbed a Tele 12AT7 instead of a 12AX7 which is the stock tube and removed the pop filter. Didn't do anything to the body, I'll have to try that.

And here's my list....

2 - AKG C414EB
2 - AKG C61 Tube
1 - AKG C28 Tube
1 - AKG Solidtube Tube (custom)
1 - AKG C451E w/20db pad
1 - AKG C451EB
2 - AKG D112
1 - Audio Technica ATM25
1 - Neumann U87
1 - Neumann U87 Stephen Paul
1 - Neumann TLM103
2 - Neumann KM84
1 - Electrovoice RE15
1 - Electrovoice PL20
1 - Electrovoice 635A
1 - Lawson L47MP Tube
1 - RCA 77D Ribbon
1 - RCA 44A Ribbon
1 - Beyer M500 Ribbon
1 - Beyer M88 TG
3 - Sennheisser MD421
1 - Sennheisser MD541
1 - Shure KSM32
3 - Shure SM57
1 - Shure SM7
1 - Sony C535P

Wish list...
Blue Lollipop head for my C28 and C61's.

Mark
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