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What do you think about Audix OM11 / OM1 ? Multi-Ef­fects Plugins
Old 15th December 2013
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What do you think about Audix OM11 / OM1 ?

Well, I was going to buy a sennheiser md431 but I finally got an Audix OM11 for less than half the price. I didn't find one sigle thread talking about this mic, so I wanted to know what do you think about it - sound quality wise.
I was talking to an ebay user about his used md431 and he said "if you can't afford the $300 for the sennheiser, go for the OM11 which is selling for less than $200, many people won't be able to tell the difference between them, you'll thank me later if you buy it... so I went for the audix for $180

What I expect from the mic, and it will surely deliver: low handling noise and really good feedback rejection.
But I don't know what to expect when it comes to sound, Is it clear and defined? Audix site says it is suited for rock, with a little middle freq boost, I imagine that would be nice in a band situation to "cut through", with the plus of being a baritone. Has anyone tried one? (or the old OM1?)
Old 17th December 2013
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Old 28th May 2015
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Okay. I'll bite. My answer: I don't know. Can you clearly define clear and defined?

I have two OM1s. I asked the guy at the music store for a couple of good all-purpose mics and he sold me the OM1s. Said I wouldn't have any problems. I haven't. They work fine. I used them for all the vocals and instruments on all these songs:

Tracks 7 and 8 might give you the best sense of how "clear and defined" they are.

What puzzles me is how a lot of online ads that say OM1 in the headline call them OM11 in the text.
Old 28th May 2015
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Okay, guess you've waited long enough.

My humble: Dunno. Can you clearly define "clear and defined"? I asked the guy at the store for a couple of good all-purpose, no-frills dynamic mics, and he pulled out a pair of OM1s. Said they were like 58s but better, for just $20 more each.

They work fine.

No one has ever said anything to me about how mics sound from the cheap seats. Either they can hear me or they can't.

I don't know what the difference is between an OM1 and an OM11. A lot of online ads that say OM1 in the headline say OM11 in the text. Same mic?

On my website, I've used the OM1s for all the vocals and instruments: Here's a page you can check them out on: Tales of the Enchanted Mesa - The Fullertons

Tracks 7 and 8 will probably give you the best sense of how "clear and defined" they are.

Old 28th May 2015
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The OM1 was the original OM mic released way back in the 90's, The OM11 is the re-issue for fans of the original mic. The only difference is the original mic had a custom transformer and the OM11 is transformerless. Both have the machined brass body and are heavy! They both have the proprietary VLM capsule which is a big part of the clear and defined sound.
Old 8th December 2018
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I have owned both the 1985 OM1 and the newer OM11. My OM1 was ripped off by some special musician during a stage change, and I miss it dearly. I can tell you that there is definitely a difference between the older OM1 and the OM11, the output was definitely giving your voice more depth and expansion than the newer versions of the OM11. I have not be able to duplicate the sound of the OM1 with the OM11. There was a change in the electronics used in the new OM11 was basically killed the beautiful response you would have with the OM1. I believe that when you made a product as good as the original OM1, why would you change it. More than likely some suite said "ah, I have a great new way to save us some money". Whatever, but I a firm believer that if you continued to make the OM1 as it was, it might cost you a few more bucks, but would have well been worth it.
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