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Best workhorse instrument mic for under $500?
Old 8th June 2007
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IMO, if your going for a dynamic, I find the 421 to be more of a workhorse than the 441.

Pound for pound, my 421s get a lot more use than my 441, but when the right source comes along, they are f*cking great mics.

My 2p.

Oz
Do you mean when the right source comes up for the 441?
Old 8th June 2007
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yeah.

Ive used my 441s with success on a few things,

but the MD421s ive used on LOADS of things. They are a workhorse mic in my opinion.

Oz
Old 8th June 2007
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Old 8th June 2007
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add the shure ksm32 to your list to consider.
That's what I was thinking. -E
Old 10th June 2007
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yeah.

Ive used my 441s with success on a few things,

but the MD421s ive used on LOADS of things. They are a workhorse mic in my opinion.

Oz

So what is this "right" job for the 441?
Old 10th June 2007
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I recorded a jazz/ dance drummer recently with my 441 on the snare (top), and a 57 underneath.

I like my 441 on undersnares for rock, but sometimes they can be hard to place if the drummer uses a compact kit, coz they're big ol mics.

Used for close micing some brass, and I once used it on a guitar combo.

Truth is theres no right or wrong, but I just dont use the 441 as a "go to mic" on any sources (yet). Sure, if i have time to experiment, Ill try the 441, and sometimes it rocks.

However, my "go to" tom mics are 421s. When recording heavy/distorted guitars, ill always throw up a 57, 421 and I5, and see which one, or combinations I like.

The 421 can work wonders on kicks, vocals, etc,etc.

Hope that clarifies my point of view, Im sure many others will disagree, but hey, that life

Oz
Old 11th June 2007
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I'm surprised the M201 hasn't come up yet. If I could only have it or one of my M160s i'd take the M160, but i'd definitely call the M201 more of a "workhorse" in the practical sense. Have I mentioned I like Beyer lately Not as fond of my M88 though I have to admit.
Old 11th June 2007
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yeah.

Ive used my 441s with success on a few things,

but the MD421s ive used on LOADS of things. They are a workhorse mic in my opinion.

Oz
Right on.
The 421 was probably the best all around mic I ever bought.
Sounds great for Kick, Bass cab, guitar cab, toms, vocals
The 441 can win the shootouts, but most often it's the 421.
It's a must have mic.
Old 11th June 2007
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So what is this "right" job for the 441?
I've used the 441 for;
Snare top or bottom, guitar amp, bass amp.
In all those times, it won the shootouts for that paticular session against 57's 421, e905, d2, etc.....or used in combination with the other workhorses.
I would never sell it.
Old 11th June 2007
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I'll go with the 160 also. I often reach for one over 50 other much more expensive mics. I think the 201 is a real sleeper for short $.
Old 27th December 2007
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Every time someone asks for mic advice, some flood of good intended mic discussion starts.

I do have them all, 421's, 441's, 160's, lots of LDC's, SDC's, classic mics from over 50 years old, rare mics like D14S and Beyer M61.

But when I read the openingpost there is one thing that comes to mind: a ribbon and to be specific, a brighter sounding ribbon like the Beyer M160.

Though an MD441 can sound pretty ribbon like. thumbsup
In My opinion- I've had the Beyer ribbons and the 441...much prefer the new ADK S7b....AWESOME mic!!!! (and Larry is a joy to deal with!).
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