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Poll: Favorite Overhead Mics Condenser Microphones
View Poll Results: Favorite Overhead Mic(s)?
U87
8 Votes - 6.72%
U67
13 Votes - 10.92%
U47
2 Votes - 1.68%
C12
4 Votes - 3.36%
C24
0 Votes - 0%
KM84
8 Votes - 6.72%
KM184
9 Votes - 7.56%
USM 69
1 Votes - 0.84%
4038
11 Votes - 9.24%
Royer(s)
6 Votes - 5.04%
SM81s
4 Votes - 3.36%
Other
53 Votes - 44.54%
Voters: 119. You may not vote on this poll

Old 15th September 2011
  #31
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What, no SM7b?


















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Old 15th September 2011
  #32
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Originally Posted by Sqye View Post
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Hey this is Gearslutz - wtf did you expect?? heh

Folks here will frikkin' MAKE UP microphone names - just to be cooler than you!

Like "Lauten Torches"......wtf?.....what is that - like a prop from Lord of the Rings? heh

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Lauten Audio - ST-221 Torch Small Diaphragm Tube Microphone
Old 15th September 2011
  #33
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sqye View Post
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Hey this is Gearslutz - wtf did you expect?? heh

Folks here will frikkin' MAKE UP microphone names - just to be cooler than you!

Like "Lauten Torches"......wtf?.....what is that - like a prop from Lord of the Rings? heh

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Snarson 1197c - like a butter and treacle audio baguette, works every time.
Old 15th September 2011
  #34
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Snarson 1197c - like a butter and treacle audio baguette, works every time.
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Not as well as my Dingbsom 900L furry open-mouthed ribbon turtleneck casserole.


Hey Dambro2 - I was totally kidding - you can tell by my smilies.

OK, sorry for the derail.

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Old 15th September 2011
  #35
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KM 84's or C12's
Old 15th September 2011
  #36
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Not voting because I don't have enough mics to have a favorite, but currently all my drum recording is done with this cheapy CAD overheads from a $200 drum mic kit (two CM217's) that I just love. I've learned that they're 100% room dependent, and while normally sounding mediocre (like what you'd expect for the price) in a great room, these mics sound unbelievably great. Could I get a better sound out of a more expensive mic? Sure. Could I have only spent $200 on a whole 7-mic set, and gotten this great sound instead? I did. I also use them as room mics for piano and acoustic guitar recordings.

(Also I'm not just using them to be cheap, I'm using them because I'm a broke college student and these are the best I have).

On a related note, anyone have any experience with the ST31 on drums? I currently own one and use it to mic the snare's chains, I kind of want to buy another and see how they do on top.
Old 15th September 2011
  #37
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KM 84's or C12's
Thank you for restoring my sanity.
Old 15th September 2011
  #38
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414's... amazed with the list of microphone options and yet no 414's, boy oh boy.

also ksm32's aren't that bad for OH's...
Old 15th September 2011
  #39
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If i had a spare wad of cash I'd shoot out in Blumlein...

Ribbons:
AEA R88 mk2
Coles 4050 Stereo
Royer SF-24V

Condensers:
Brauner VM1S
Josephson stereo mic
Pearl stereo mic
Manley Gold Reference Stereo
Neumann USM 69 i
Telefunken ELA M 270 'reissue' from T-Funk with those titanium capsule things they came out with...




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Old 15th September 2011
  #40
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Originally Posted by blueflamingo View Post
414's... amazed with the list of microphone options and yet no 414's, boy oh boy.

also ksm32's aren't that bad for OH's...
Apparently the OP, although asking for people's opinions, is very strict about what is suitable for OH's and what is not.
Old 16th September 2011
  #41
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Originally Posted by ToxicAvenger69 View Post
So you would go with an Oktava over a pair of C12s or even KM84s???!?! That's nuts.
I am not the person that you were quoting, but I'm an Oktava-user, too, so:

The question was: "What is your favorite OH mic?"
And not: "What would your dream of an OH mic be?"
Or: "What is in your opinion the best sounding OH mic above $1000?"

Economic choices are also relevant choices, aren't they?

I am not trying to be rude, I just wanted to explain why some people are using MK012s.
Old 18th September 2011
  #42
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gefell um-70's
Old 18th September 2011
  #43
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The OP's responses to most of these posts are ridiculous.

Just because mics aren't the most expensive, doesn't make them bad as OH's etc. MK012s over C12s or KM84s, sure, if that's the sound you like/want. It depends on the kit/player/room/song/engineer, etc, etc..

Did you post in high end and expect EVERY response to be with a high end mic?

Old 18th September 2011
  #44
Neumann SM2 or the stereo 69 (on rental)
Royer SF12 (owned)
Also a km84 on hat and ride bell is good
Old 18th September 2011
  #45
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Nonsense! ...if you're high end...

Your OH chain should be:
  • Sheffield C-9 (x2) >
  • Conrad Johnson GAT Triode Preamplifier [mod'ed] (x2) >
  • Fairchild 670 (x2)

Otherwise, your drums will sound like pure garbage.

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Old 18th September 2011
  #46
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I had to select other even though 87s are my thing lately. The list is quite incomplete. I will use 414s too. And 451s are a small fav.
Old 18th September 2011
  #47
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I've tried most of the mics on the list as OHs. My fave (though not on the list) are Josephson C42s. Toms speak extremely well and the cymbs are quite detailed.

Oktava 012s are very respectable OHs and shouldn't be dissed out of hand.
I like 'em for OH duty more than my C12a's.
Old 18th September 2011
  #48
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What's the point of a poll that limits choices to maybe 2% of the microphones available? Why not just get rid of the choices and just ask the question...?

Some personal faves from my locker:

Gefell UM70s
Schoeps MK4
Soundelux U195
Josephson C42
AT 4050
Old 19th September 2011
  #49
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M179's work for me over here into Daking IV pre.
Old 19th September 2011
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I voted U87's and I'm not talking any ai version....I also liked SM81's for big hair rock back in the day... Heck we used to use em on toms too........
Old 19th September 2011
  #51
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Royers on a bright kit with lots of cymbals are a quick road to "smoothville"...

KM184's on the same kit were biting my head off!!!
Old 19th September 2011
  #52
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NT4 X/Y
Old 19th September 2011
  #53
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I've been looking for 5+ years for something better than Gefell's but I haven't found anything that will touch them.

Maybe a vintage pair of C12's but that's too rich for my blood these days. KM84's sometimes can come close, but although I have plenty of them, they rarely get pulled for OH duty.

M71S's or UM70's. The vintage ones with transformers. Absolutely killer on OH. Compared to their price and what they deliver, these mics are so far under the radar that it's ridiculous.
Old 19th September 2011
  #54
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Quote:
Originally Posted by blueflamingo View Post
414's... amazed with the list of microphone options and yet no 414's, boy oh boy.

also ksm32's aren't that bad for OH's...
If you had read the thread before clicking the "reply" button, you would've seen that the 414 issue was already addressed.
Old 19th September 2011
  #55
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Czybulski View Post
I am not the person that you were quoting, but I'm an Oktava-user, too, so:

The question was: "What is your favorite OH mic?"
And not: "What would your dream of an OH mic be?"
Or: "What is in your opinion the best sounding OH mic above $1000?"

Economic choices are also relevant choices, aren't they?

I am not trying to be rude, I just wanted to explain why some people are using MK012s.
Certainly economic choices are relevant in the the wide world of recording. I should've stated I'm curious as to what people are into using, currently, that is on this list... I made the mistake of only implying it.
Old 19th September 2011
  #56
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sqye View Post
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Nonsense! ...if you're high end...

Your OH chain should be:
  • Sheffield C-9 (x2) >
  • Conrad Johnson GAT Triode Preamplifier [mod'ed] (x2) >
  • Fairchild 670 (x2)

Otherwise, your drums will sound like pure garbage.

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You do realize that a Fairchild 670 is dual mono, right? Four channels of Fairchild seems a bit like overkill.
Old 19th September 2011
  #57
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Originally Posted by ToxicAvenger69 View Post
You do realize that a Fairchild 670 is dual mono, right? Four channels of Fairchild seems a bit like overkill.

Pffft! Everyone who's anyone knows you run signal thru the Fairchilds twice. So you need double the channels.
Old 19th September 2011
  #58
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Originally Posted by ToxicAvenger69 View Post
You do realize that a Fairchild 670 is dual mono, right? Four channels of Fairchild seems a bit like overkill.

Pffft! Everyone who's anyone knows you run signal thru the Farchilds twice. So you need double the channels.
Old 19th September 2011
  #59
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A pair of Rode NTK's or K2's make great overhead mics in my experience.

I see a couple of mentions of Little Blondie's in this post. A friend bought a pair recently and we tried them on a bunch of different sources and tested them up against AKG C452. The little B mics never sounded near good as the AKG on anything. They were not that impressive..but then they are much cheaper, so I guess fair's fair. However, he sold them a few days later. I wasn't surprised.
Old 19th September 2011
  #60
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No 4050s? They are pretty popular for overheads and sound awesome!
I came in to say this!
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