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Budget equipment
Old 21st March 2013
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Budget equipment

Once again, let me thank you for doing this, Michael...

I was wondering if you could share some of your thoughts about gear that´s not that expensive... Like, what´s the cheapest LDC that you actually used and find decent -as OHs or lead voices-? What about SDCs?


Old 22nd March 2013
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From the Korn thread...

AT4047 was in the running for vocals. That's not too expensive. And the reason it wasn't used was kinda funny.
Old 22nd March 2013
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Yeah, I read that, thanks...

Hoping Michael would chime in with some other pieces like the 4047!
Old 22nd March 2013
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Yes- the AT 4047 is one of the great, unsung potentially all-purpose microphones I've used. I've used these on nearly every instrument in various configurations- isn't always the right mic, but the results are at very least respectable. The mere fact that it was a close second to a "legendary" M49 in a massive mic shoot out on a large budget recording could be a reasonable indicator of this. I do think the Sanken CU41 is a great mic- however- it's more expensive and really depends on your preference regarding tone.

I don't use small diaphragm condensers a great deal- hence, not a great judge. I've found AKG 451's helpful in some circumstances and I've used B&K 4011's on overheads- just not for awhile. I also used a B&K 4007 on a vocal- it was helpful because it's a very neutral microphone and the vocalist had very sharp peaks in his voice.

As for dynamics- SM57's are always handy and often surprising, even if the transient response isn't always great. The AKG/Telefunken D19 is great for fast transient stuff- very tight, but has a bad habit of being unfixable when it breaks.
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