Budget mic's

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  1. Twin63

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    Not sure if this is the best place to post this, but I am going to be playing live again soon and will need to mic my 1x12 combo. I don't have any experience with mic's and also don't have a lot of cash to lay out for one. I've been researching budget mic's and came across two that may be decent for the job: the Nady SPC-25 and the Digital Reference DR-GX1. They are in the $35 - $40 price range.

    Anyone have any experience with these (or others <$50) in a live setting? Or am I wasting my time with these (should I look for a used SM57 - 58)?

    Thanks!
     
  2. rob2001

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    Gotta go for the tried and true in this case. 57, Senn. E609, or an Audix I5. I haven't used the I5 live yet but it sounds great for recording.
     
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    Thanks for the replys....guess I'll try to hold off for the SM57 or I5.
     
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    The i5 is really great. I would also suggest looking at the audio technica atm650, its supercardioid so on stage it will reject more outside sound, It's less scooped sounding, than the I5 but not as boxy as the 57. Either way if you can save up to the 100 dollar mark there is a wealth of great mics for guitar amps.
     
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    Senn Evolution series is actually great for this, priced in the SM57 range, but mics a guitar amp like an $800 one.

    Especially awesome for close and off axis micing.
     
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    Interesting. Have you tried these?
     
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    I have a 57 and i5 and can highly recommend both. The 57 has a bit more top end and is great for darker sounding amps, while the i5 has a bit of high end roll off, so would suit a brighter sounding amp better. Honestly you can't go wrong with either.
     
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    I'd agree with that comparision of the audix and sm57
     
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    I've never thought that "bargain mics" were a bargain at all, in the long run.

    It's tough to beat a 57.
     
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    Sennheiser e609 all the way. I get way better tones, easier than I did with my SM57s. It is truly plug and play.
     
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    I have to agree.....the low-end clarity of an e609 is pretty amazing....
     
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    57's or an old EV PL95
    See if you can find a used one somewhere or see if a sound company wants to unload one.
     
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    ++1. The whole e-series KILLS for micing amps. I've got an e835 that SMOKES the SM57s.
     
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    I've never been happy with a 57 either. I'm really enjoying the sennheiser mics. The E609 is so easy to get a good sound (no mic stand needed). I also like the low-end way better than a 57.
     
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