I need to get a decent condenser for vocals, acoustic guitar, mono overhead/room mic. ATM I have an sm57 and two crappy pencil condensors which I got for £10 on eBay (they're practically unusable). I have about £300 I can spend right now but I could stretch that or wait if its going to make a considerable difference. One mic I've heard and am really impressed by is the CAD Trion 8000. There are some videos on youtube of it and it sounds really good, with lots of depth and clarity. Im not sure if I should spend it all on a nice mic or also get a pre-amp (All I have are the built-in ones on my Line 6 interface). So whats the verdict? Can I get a really nice sounding mic in that price range or not really?
No! TLM102 - it's cheaper and way more versatile. But both of these are over the OPs £300 budget.
With that money, you should definitely also consider SE mics (in that price range, I think you're looking at the 2200T, or as stated above, you can get deals on Titans, T2s, Geminis etc. - Check out Red Dog Music for these deals; I got a Gemini III real cheap from them).
With respects to blowing the entire budget on the mic vs. splitting it between a mic and a pre, I can't think of any decent preamps for less than half your budget, and even then I can't think of any AMAZING pres in your budget. If you spent £150-£160 on a pre (which, in this price range you'll probably replace as soon as you've got some more cash anyway), you then only have £140 for a mic, and then you're in NT1A territory. I think you'd do a lot better with an AT mic (or pretty much any of those listed above) into your Line6 pre, than with an NT1A into a £160 pre.
Thanks for all the feedback guys : ) There's an AT 4033 second hand on eBay that I may bid on tomorrow and the sE titan sounds god although I can't find that many sound clips/demo's of it. If I have a little money left I'll spend it on blankets and shit to treat the recording space
My limited experience with Blue has been great. I only have one (a woodpecker active ribbon), but am eager to try some others. I've read lots good things about them.
There's a blue bluebird on eBay for £200 right now so I could get that and then also another sm57... The sE titan deal sounds promising although Im sceptical because I don't know what it sounds like. The AT also looks pretty promising
I'm a little rusty in this budget area, but I will second the AT 4033 advocates. I still use them.
Oktava and SE had good candidates last time I checked too - CAD M179 seems to be well accepted though I haven't had the pleasure yet, also the Shure KSM27.
Pre-wise... The Rane is supposed to be not too shabby. (MS1r?)
The Alice Mic Pak preamp is super clean and quiet (75dB gain, dual pre, ready for stereo or mic n' DI etc.)