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What mic or mics should I buy
Old 4 weeks ago
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What mic or mics should I buy

Question for my music heads: What mic or mics should I buy? Recording unplugged music, singer/songwriters, max 4 piece bands, more likely cajon than real drums. Location is on a balcony (yup, there is wind and a little traffic noise). I have 200 € to burn. What I got: (3 condensers, 3 dynamic) Studio Project Little Square Mic, AKG Perception 220, Thomann CC 100, tbone MB 58 Beta, tbone MB 75 beta, Beyerdynamic trash mic.
I am tempted to get a SM7B later on. Downside is, we‘re also shooting video and you don‘t see much of a face behind the SM7B.
Thanks in advance, any useful advice is greatly appreciated.
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I am tempted to get a SM7B later on. Downside is, we‘re also shooting video and you don‘t see much of a face behind the SM7B.
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Nor much output level, compared with a lot of other mics, even dynamics.
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Yup, heard about the level thing, too.
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Make sure you get a dead cat (wind shield) on the mic(s) or blimp. The minute you mentioned outside balcony, wind could ruin anything you do. Mic won't matter much then.
Old 2 weeks ago
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I have good results just looking for a position where the live sound is really good and then just using MS or XY mics. You can do a lot wrong when micing every single instrument and/or DI some and then multitrack and then mix. If you're not a pro and I am not...

I didn't use real high end stuff.
A Lewitt DGT650 provided the best results, but is out of your budget (about 500,-).
A bit over your budget but really a bargain is the Zoom H6 coming with two mic-capsules (XY and MS) for 300,-. Esp. interesting when using a camera, too. I connect the line out to the mic in of my Sony Alpha 6300 and use either other inputs of the Zoom for extra tracks (voc. etc) or to make a safety backup with 10 db lower gain on the internal sd card.
Out of convenience I have one of the older Zoom Music-Cams, the q4. The picture quality is average at best, but the mics are good. Our drummer, who really studied sound engineering, couldn't believe how good the audio was when I recorded our last gig.

As pentagon already said, but one can not say it often enough: DON'T forget the windshield!!!
Old 2 weeks ago
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Used MKH 416 or Rode rip off
Both will survive in extremis and focus on the music
Schoeps CMIT -5 U when you hit the big time
Old 2 weeks ago
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Used MKH 416 or Rode rip off
Both will survive in extremis and focus on the music
Schoeps CMIT -5 U when you hit the big time
I think I would use the MKH 8060 over the CMiT 5U, as it's an RF condenser - though the Super CMiT is the one to go for when you are in the money
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I am tempted to get a SM7B later on. Downside is, we‘re also shooting video and you don‘t see much of a face behind the SM7B.
You can place it under the singer so they are singing over the top a little bit, although I tend to like the sound of when the singer is eating the mic, which is harder at this angle.

If it were me, I would use SM57's and SM58's on everything and maybe slip a condenser in as a "room" mic to capture the blend of the band as best you can. As someone else already mentioned, you'd be surprised what you can get with one well placed mic to capture the whole band/performance. And then the spot mics can supplement the mix as needed.
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what mic should i buy?
I have €200 to burn.
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i think i would use the MKH 8060...
MKH 8060 = €1,000

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MKH 8060 = €1,000

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I was quoting RoLo about what to use when you are in the money, NOT answering the original query.

That was clear in my reply.
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