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Old 15th November 2009
Lives for gear

This isn't the first time I've seen the U-87 criticized for its rear rejection, but I can tell you beyond the shadow of a doubt that my 1972 model has the absolute best rear rejection of any condenser mic I've used. I even use it on guitar player/singers, angled up at the mouth. Amazing isolation. Short of that, the SM-7B is very nice in a noisy situation, though the RE-20 is probably brighter. The Heil PR-40 is the closest to a condenser I've heard in a dynamic. It may actually be too bright for some females. Ribbons (or any figure 8), when the null point is properly aimed, can give fantastic isolation—but will be about as far as you can get from the C12/251 sound you mentioned.