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Cheap mic alert!
Old 8th November 2002
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Cheap mic alert!

Sam Ash has a 3 for $99 deal on the MCA brand condensor mics. It's just another cheap-o Chinese large diaphragm condensor but at $33 it's kinda tough to go wrong. The sale is only in the stores though. I'm picking up a set this afternoon. Even if they only get used as paperweights it's not a bad deal. I figure they'll be handy to have around for spot mics on cymbals or various percussion. I might even hang or mount one to the ceiling of the live room and just leave it there.
Old 11th November 2002
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These mic's are kinda cool. I've used them on lead vocals in a B section to make them sound a little different (against a U67). I sense a lot of DIY'ers moding the hell out of these.
Old 12th November 2002
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I got the mics on Friday and I used them on two FOH gigs this weekend and some initial testing in the studio with my voice and some headphones. All three of them sound a little different. One has a much thicker lower midrange then the other two which are pretty similar. They have a pretty hot output, enough to need a 30dB pad when used on a floor tom and I had another one wedged between the snare and rack tom, sort of looking at the top rim of the snare and the bottom of the tom. The sound was decent, good enough to be used as an extra mic when a drummer comes in with 7 or 8 toms. Rear rejection is a bit of a mess below 500hz, it almost seems like an omni at that point. Either that or the bass amp was really really really loud on the one gig. But, the guitar amp on the other gig was rejected pretty well until he doubled the volume about halfway through the first set. Overall, for $33 each I'm pretty happy even if I don't use them as main mics on anything. Did anyone grab a set of these while they had the chance?
Old 12th November 2002
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Originally posted by Jay Kahrs
I got the mics on Friday and I used them on two FOH gigs this weekend and some initial testing in the studio with my voice and some headphones. All three of them sound a little different. One has a much thicker lower midrange then the other two which are pretty similar. They have a pretty hot output, enough to need a 30dB pad when used on a floor tom and I had another one wedged between the snare and rack tom, sort of looking at the top rim of the snare and the bottom of the tom. The sound was decent, good enough to be used as an extra mic when a drummer comes in with 7 or 8 toms. Rear rejection is a bit of a mess below 500hz, it almost seems like an omni at that point. Either that or the bass amp was really really really loud on the one gig. But, the guitar amp on the other gig was rejected pretty well until he doubled the volume about halfway through the first set. Overall, for $33 each I'm pretty happy even if I don't use them as main mics on anything. Did anyone grab a set of these while they had the chance?
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