Submitted April 27, 2014 by John M in Victorville, CA
"Pro recording mic, for little money."
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It's no wonder that this mic is gaining appreciation and becoming a studio standard. I now have a pair of these mics. My first one I bought cause I heard a lot of good things about it. I was a little skeptical it being an electret condenser not a true condenser, but was pleasantly surprised by the non metallic, tinny sound that electrets are known for. Some of the live stage AT electrets also have a somewhat dull, too flat sound too. It doesn't have quite the presence peak of a Neuman U87, but a more subtle sparkle. It's a very wide range throughout the audio spectrum with a gradual rise in the higher frequencies that start at about 5khz. to 8khz. It has a very smooth response, with no sharp spikes or dips. It is a no frills mic. There's no attenuation pads, bass roll offs, figure eight patterns or flashing lights like the U87's or AKG 414 or whatever. It's also a mid sized diaphargm not large as I've seen it advertised, yet it still maintains a lot of low end which gives it a warm sound. sibalence is minimal (that's those hard "S" sounds you hear and get from a lot of mics). It can handle a lot of SPL's and haven't had anyone's voice over modulate it. It is very quiet mic, very little noise. I use them mostly for recording vocals and as overheads for drums. They would work well also as a room ambient mic for guitar amps or whatever. I'd stick with 58's or 57's or similar for miking the grill of your speakers though. Haven't tried a pair in front of some Leslie speakers yet, but I think it'd be worth a shot. Got some good sound with a pair in stereo miking a choir. I don't think it would make a good stage mic, too sensitive. I used to own a 24 track studio, remember 2 inch Ampex 456 tape? I've gone digital since those days, lol. I'm not saying this is of the same caliber as a U87 or tube Telefunken, but believe it or not, it comes pretty close. And for the bucks, wow! For those just starting to record or those on a budget, this is a good way to step up your game. For the full blown pros out there, these would make a nice addition to your arsenal. I realize that we're all different, we have different tastes, not everyone will love this mic.Personally, I think they're great for the price.
Playing guitar for about 45 yrs (I'm old, lol). Recording about 42 yrs.
Classic rock, techno/dubstep, new wave, hard rock, country raock, rockabilly, a little jazz etc.
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