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Old 14th October 2014
You have to grab opportunities like this to really listen to different options side by side, because they don't come up often! Usually, you don't have the time to spend on such detailed comparison - I usually choose between 2 or occasionally 3. Same with the rest of the chain.

But as Trev said, to make that decision, you're drawing on experience of the past, hopefully from assisting sessions on, with a mental impression of the character of each mic. Of course you might get a "better" sound if you could try every combo out for'd just run out of time to record everything!

It's always a trade off.