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Old 5th February 2020
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Originally Posted by andersmv View Post
Ok, I have to be "that guy". Sorry in advance... These lists are getting weird. Not at all surprised by some choices like the U87 and C800, but then things are all over the place. First off, why is the KSM32 on the list instead of the 44? I'm not even sure you can "technically" call the 32 a large cap as the capsule is closer in size to a small cap. If you're going to put a Shure on the list, I would have thought the 44 was the "sure" bet.
Even though you're correct about the KSM32 having a smaller diaphragm than would be considered standard, people do seem to like it more on average than the 44. The 44 is cleaner and has lower self-noise, but has a couple of frequency response lower treble humps that I need to tame every time I use it. The KSM32 is pretty point-and-shoot and gives you a fat, warm sound, so unless you like bright sounds or are recording whispering, it's often a better choice if you just need cardioid. And of course, it's cheaper.