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Old 13th November 2019
Lives for gear
To be clear, I haven’t compared the Starlight to the AT4040. I have a generally high opinion of the AT mics above the 20 series, so calling the Starlight a “higher quality” mic is an unsupported guess at best.
I will say that the off-axis response of the Starlight is more uniform over frequency than any LDC mic I’ve ever looked at, so that may be why it sounds so realistic to me. As a result of that pattern consistency, the Starlights pick up less off-axis “mud” than any LDC I’ve looked at. That is also of increased benefit as you combine multiple mics.
Positioning and pointing mics in every axis is something that you learn over time. If you have multiple shots at this before you have to produce a recording for someone else, that’s a positive.