Best Pencil Condenser under $300

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  1. cooptone

    cooptone Supporting Member

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    I'm investing in another pencil mic for the studio and would love input on good pencil condenser's under $300. I would be using to record acoustic guitars, percussion, overheads etc........ Thanks
     
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    I would go with either a used Shure SM-81 ($200-250 on eBay) or a Shure KSM-127. Both are excellent for acoustic guitars and drums. The SM-81 is a lower output mic than the KSM-137, so you'll need a good preamp for quiet acoustic guitar recording!
     
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    mcuguitar Gold Supporting Member

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    Audio Technica. The AT3031. I have a pair of them I use for drum overheads and guitars...great mics!
     
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    I've had nothing but great success with my Peluso CEMC6. Regardless of whether or not it sounds like the Schoepps of a similar name, this thing sound amazing! Acoustic guitars, hi-hats....not really a fan of SD condensers on overheads, but I'm sure it'd work well too.

    I got the mic with the intention of using it in conjunction w/ a LD condenser on acoustic, but the mic picks up so well, you don't even need another to accompany it in such a setup.

    http://www.pelusomicrophonelab.com/CEMC6.html

    You can get it for $279 from soundpure.com
     
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    I use a Rhode NT3 which was around that price. It sounds great on acoustic guitar, voice and percussion. Not my favorite on electric guitar.
     
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