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T.H.E. Microphones
Old 16th February 2006
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T.H.E. Microphones

What is the consensus on T.H.E.? These look like a good system for a good price. I just wonder what people who have used them think. I am talking about the modular K series btw. But if you have used any of their mics lets hear it.
Old 16th February 2006
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I have used them a few times for various things.

I have only used the 25mm capsules and they can be great and can be a terrible choice, like just about everything else. I think they are quality microphones and definitely worth their price in the right applications, they just weren't the sound I would go for in most things I record.

The 25s have a very forward midrange and bright top, maybe even sounding a little rolled off in the bass too, but not much. They can be great for rock overheads and I have heard them sound great on one particular male vocal. I also used them to record a trio of piano, flute, and soprano vocal. I was in a great room, but I had to be pretty far back, so the THEs really came through by keeping everything clear and present even though the room was sounding pretty mellow and the high end had rolled off. They also seem to be very directional, with a lot of rejection off axis.

I have also heard them sound terrible on male vocals. They can be very spitty and thin with the wrong singer. I once auditioned a 4047 and a KR25 back to back on a slightly gritty male voice and the THE defined the word harsh in comparison to the 4047.

For the stuff I do, the THEs seem to have a sound that is a little too aggressive/bright. They can be great on some things, but I don't have the cash to spend that kind of money on a pair of mics I would use so infrequently. However, if you are looking for bright, forward, modern sounding mics for rock and roll, a mellow acoustic, etc. they would probably be a great option.
Old 17th February 2006
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my experience was the opposite. I have a KR25A and a very flat room with virtually no reverb. I found it was as flaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat as flat can be with a full and fast bass. I found it so unflatteringly ( no pun intended ) honest, that I ended up going with a 4011 with its slight 12 -14k rise.

I have yet to try it in a live room, but just from the little I've heard, I'm finding it hard to imagine it being too forward. Maybe mine is voiced differently, I don't know.
Old 17th February 2006
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I've found the KR25A to be an optimal performer on steel string guitbox up close and personal. Conga, dumbek and other assorted booming things have been impressive. Maybe outside a kik drum, haven't tried it but I think it would get the job done pretty well.
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