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what's the smoothest overhead mics? Condenser Microphones
Old 7th February 2007
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what's the smoothest overhead mics?

I'm currently using a pair of Oktava MK012 which are quite accurate with good definition, a bit on the bright side, and I would like something a bit more weighty and smooth if that means anything..

Budget would be 500€ max for a pair.
Any Ideas?
Old 8th February 2007
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I like 414's. For the price range I don't see how you can can a better sound
Old 8th February 2007
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Try to raise your budget to 650€ and get a used pair of AKG 414 B-ULS (the ones with transformers).
Old 8th February 2007
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What about a pair of vintage Beyer m160?
Old 8th February 2007
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i use either 414's, or r84's... Then i use the other for room mics... Ie 414 on oh, and r84s on room, or r84s on oh and 414's as room..

this combo always does me nicely
Old 8th February 2007
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What about a pair of vintage Beyer m160?
Hey, you beat me to it...answering your own question!

The M160 would give you a more rounded sound, transients not quite as sharp, yet a very tight pattern and takes EQ well. The M160 for this situation is a no brainer.

War
Old 8th February 2007
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you want smoothness? get some ribbon mics! no harshness involved :-)
Old 8th February 2007
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Schoeps - CMC6/MK21.
Old 8th February 2007
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Royer SF 12.
or a pair of Royer 121's Blumlein.

and don't put them overhead,
put it/them 2-3 feet in front of the kit at drummer's head height.
and then run it through a FATSO.
Old 8th February 2007
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Quote:
more weighty and smooth
Yep, a ribbon should do it.
Old 8th February 2007
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Nothing beats two 57s.

heh just kidding.
I love 2 AKG 414 B ULS
Old 8th February 2007
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Your question hinges upon what your definition of smooth is. Myself, I wouldn't call a 414 B-ULS a smooth microphone and I find them kind of hard sounding, but they are great for a number of tasks, overheads being one of them.

The Beyer M160 ribbon mic suggestion is a really good one.

When I think smooth, I think of a good tube mic and a Geffel M7 pvc capsule, but everyone has their own perception of smooth.

Budget permitting the Beyer M160 pair or used pair of 414 B-ULS is a good one as those mics have a lot of other uses and make great guitar amp mics, room mics, ect. The Beyers are good for low ceiling applications and less than ideal rooms due to their hypercardioid pattern, so if you have low ceilings that is also something else to consider.
Old 8th February 2007
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AKG C24 vintage stereo valve mic
Royer SF 12 ribbon (needs a great room to really shine IMHO)
Beyer m160 ribbon (works in less nice rooms IMHO)

Just some horribly expencive ideas for you...

Ooops! Just read the budget sorry! - go for some cheap ribbons - like the Beyer's

Ribbon mics CAN add some weight to overheads - they can give more of a 'manly clang' to the metalwork than cheap condencers (they can give you a lot of hissssssssssssss / a trebly sound)
Old 8th February 2007
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You may check the Groove Tubes GT 44, they're valve Mics, really cheap and smooth,I've really good result on OH and also on acoustic guitares...

it's like 600$ for a pair I think

my 2 cts
Old 8th February 2007
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You may check the Groove Tubes GT 44, they're valve Mics, really cheap and smooth,I've really good result on OH and also on acoustic guitares...

it's like 600$ for a pair I think

my 2 cts

SHH!!!
Don't give it away!

LOL..... I'm kidding

I love the GT 44's. An absolute sleeper mic. OH's, Acoustic guitar, ..... wonderful sounding

-Scotty
Old 8th February 2007
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Maybe you can get an introductory price offer on a pair of Mojaves. Tubes, transformers, large diaphragm. NOT harsh.
Old 8th February 2007
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Loving the Beyer m160s here for that application.
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