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Old 20th July 2005
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Shure 545 Unidyne III
MXL603s
MC012
Old 20th July 2005
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thomann ribbons sound great to me
Old 20th July 2005
  #33
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Jim Williams,
Can you comment a bit more about that MCA SP-1 mic?

Do you do a mod for it, or do you really like it as is?
Old 13th August 2007
  #34
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sm57, atm650, e604
Old 13th August 2007
  #35
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Cheapo Apex 205 ribbon with the Lundahl transformer swap etc, not counting elbow grease, still under 150.00.
Old 14th August 2007
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on the top of my brain, i like;

shure sm57, sm 58
beyer 201
oktava mk319, mk219, mk012
adk a51
tsm (also thomann) big ribbon mic
akg d112

i guess all are under 1000 €
Old 14th August 2007
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I get a lot of use from my Studio Projects B1 mics. They were $99 when I bought them. For that price, they sound really good on toms and snare. Good OH's, too. It's like the Sm57 of cheap condensers.
Old 14th August 2007
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slightly OT
But I see a lot of u say "mc012", I've allways been told these are the chinese crap equivalent of the Okatava MK-012. The real ones are available from Oktava USA, so no need to search 2nd hand as suggested here.
Pzz
Old 14th August 2007
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I much prefer ribbons on guitar cabs to the 57. The 57 sounds incredible with a really nice preamp onto 2" tape. Less than stellar preamps into digital, I've never been impressed. Lots of the guys here making recommendations are using Great River, Neve, etc.

In every shootout I've done into digital through mixer type preamps the 57 has lost to other mics. Then again, it's all down to taste, but in those cases the engineer agreed with me. I did get great tone recording with a 57 onto 2" tape though...

Ribbons are my favorite. If you have the money look at AEA or Royer. If you want to spend less the Fathead or the Apex 205 modded are both great and can be used in lots of other applications like horns or overheads. In fact you could buy a pair of Apex 205's mod them yourself and buy a nice preamp like the DAV for under a $1000 US. Fatheads are $169 each the Apex usually sell for $99.
Old 14th August 2007
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slightly OT
But I see a lot of u say "mc012", I've allways been told these are the chinese crap equivalent of the Okatava MK-012. The real ones are available from Oktava USA, so no need to search 2nd hand as suggested here.
Pzz
not quite the truth but almost in some cases: Oktava: Attention - fakes!
Old 14th August 2007
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oktava

+1 for the oktava mc012

have used mine for more than 10 years now

m.
Old 26th August 2007
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cad gxl 2200 $69 sounds awesome on acoustic and vocals
Old 26th August 2007
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i5
e609
Old 26th August 2007
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Naiant MSH-1. $25, omni condenser, looks cool as hell and it's the first mic I grab for overheads.
Old 26th August 2007
  #45
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Audio Technica ATM 25 - Awesome mic - Got them for $125 each.
Old 22nd October 2007
  #46
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Stock Cheap mics heres a few

Shure 545 UNIDYNE III cheap and better then the current SM57 ( made in mexico) about 35 to 45 ebay i have 6 of these !

MCA SP-1 yes its cheap and yes its nice discontinued now $39

CADm179 $100 on ebay

audix D2s I use them on guitar cabs instead of SM57s got mine for $50 each ebay
Old 23rd October 2007
  #47
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+1 on Studio Projects C1

I think it's awesome on female and male vocals, in my limited experience.
Old 23rd October 2007
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SM57

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Old 23rd October 2007
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Behringer ECM8000 omni $40
MCA SP-1 $35 (These are crazy good for the cost)
Cascade Fathead $200 (Duh, I guess the secrets out.)
Old 1st November 2007
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If you want a good mic for distorted guitars, pick up an sm57! Sounds great with the right placement! good luck! They also work good as oh's and as a hi-hat mic. They are the "industry standard" for snare. Maybe not officialy, but almost everone uses them for snare, even large studios. Just buy 10 57's at $89 a piece and your set. HAHA!
I completely agree. I prefer 57s over condensers on my guitars most of the time. That's what they used to record the brown sound on Van Halen I.
Old 1st November 2007
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SM58 ..I love that mic to sing in. I could make a great album with a few 57s and a 58, no problem.
Old 1st November 2007
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+1 on Studio Projects C1

I think it's awesome on female and male vocals, in my limited experience.
I find the C1's way too bright for pretty much all applications other than on flute.

I like the Beyer M201, MXL 603, Sennheiser D112 (on bass cab, but not kick), Sennheiser E609/906 on guitars.

I'm over 57's although the telfunken mod for it gives some useful tones.
Old 1st November 2007
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Kel HM-1

Kel HM-1: unbelievable PHATNESS at $129. per.

I love my GT-44's -- bought 'em at $200 per. Feel like I'm in the instrument.

Naiant msh-1 omnis at $25 per. Verrrry clever.

SM57, SM58: hey, they work great and you can drive a nail with them.
Old 2nd November 2007
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Quote:
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cad gxl 2200 $69 sounds awesome on acoustic and vocals
are you sure u mean AWSOME? cuz i'd consider getting one for the hell of it..
Old 7th November 2007
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I find the C1's way too bright for pretty much all applications other than on flute.

I like the Beyer M201, MXL 603, Sennheiser D112 (on bass cab, but not kick), Sennheiser E609/906 on guitars.

I'm over 57's although the telfunken mod for it gives some useful tones.

what´s that mod?
Old 7th November 2007
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classic cheap mics that are under $100: SM57, SM58
surprise mic under $100/PAIR: MXL 603
one of the best vocal mics, killer on many other application, under $329: SM7
Old 7th November 2007
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CAD TSM411. It's the little dynamic that comes in the drum mic packs, you can get 3 of these and a kick mic for like $150.

My SM57s haven't seen much use since I got these, they sound great on snare, guitar cabs, everything I've tried them on to be honest.

Don't know what it is, but I just love the way these things sound.
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