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Buying a 2nd mic non matched? Condenser Microphones
Old 24th August 2007
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Buying a 2nd mic non matched?

So I got a Rode NT1A, I like how it sounds, some times I think it would be cool to have a 2nd one for stereo acoustic guitar recording, but if I buy another one they would not be matched. How big of a deal is this? Any advice would be cool.
Old 24th August 2007
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So I got a Rode NT1A, I like how it sounds, some times I think it would be cool to have a 2nd one for stereo acoustic guitar recording, but if I buy another one they would not be matched. How big of a deal is this? Any advice would be cool.

stereo acoustic with 2 mics? just record two takes and pan hard left and hard right.

If i was going to use 2 mics on an acoustic i wouldn't go LR, i would prob use two different mics and blend them to make one sound... then do a 2nd take

if oyu like the nt1a get another always handy for overheads etc. they don't need to be matched.
Old 24th August 2007
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I think matching mic's is a bit of a crock for most music applications. If you are looking for a wide stereo spread, some subtle variations between two similar mic's is not a bad thing. Obviously you don't want faults or major differences - try before you buy.

The NT4 intrigues me ..
Old 24th August 2007
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I called Rode once to ask them this very question. They told me that they kep the specs so close and did such good QC that they were basically matched. It may of been manufacturer BS but he told me that I would not be able to tell a difference. Buy another one, test it out for a few days, and if it isnt close enough send it back, simple as that.
Old 24th August 2007
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i have two ears that hear things differently from one another, so why should i care if two microphones i'm using aren't exact duplicates?

take it one step further and buy a DIFFERENT, BETTER microphone to pair with your other kaka one. i use two different mics for stereo recordings of a single source all the time. the only people that freak about it are the saps who aren't even listening to the tracks.
Old 25th August 2007
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Old 25th August 2007
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i've used a shure 57 and a blue kiwi in a stereo recording config. While the 57 did the close mic'ing and the Kiwi more of the ambience, i doubt anyone would actaully notice they weren't "matched".

Later,

Todd
Old 25th August 2007
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I hate to be "that guy", but are you saying that if you panned the 57 left, and the Blue right, that no one would notice the difference in the stereo field, nor a difference in tone?
But back to the original question, it is quite possible to get a 2nd mic that is dangerously close in sound to your Rode.
Old 25th August 2007
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I hate to be "that guy", but are you saying that if you panned the 57 left, and the Blue right, that no one would notice the difference in the stereo field, nor a difference in tone?
But back to the original question, it is quite possible to get a 2nd mic that is dangerously close in sound to your Rode.
Maybe under clinical conditions, but it's questionable in a full pop/rock mix that it would even be noticed.

Later,

Todd

(Edit) Just attempting to put the whole "matched" mic pair thing into proper perspective. Of course there are cases where it shouldn't be questioned that the two mics be fairly equal. From this empirical data i have concluded that i, myslef, would never need two completely matched mics for any stereo recording. Two of the same make should be close enough. Unless they're hand wound by monkeys, that is.....
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