Cheap gear you swear by

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by jomama2, Jan 1, 2018.


  1. champion ruby

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    Shure SR107 eq pair. Under $100 each, recapped by me and sound awesome.
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    AWA Bar 2 4:1 germanium broadcast mixers - Modded to be 4 channel preamps, paid $150 each unit.
    Gates Solid Statesman AGC - The Dirtiest compressor/limiter, better than 1176 All buttons for my usage, $100.
     
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    I have heard that but after being underwhelmed by inexpensive yet much hyped mics like the SM58 I'm leery of lower end. But again hear good things about MXL generally, esp the 67 (or was it 76).
     
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    Mac to anything you've got collection (Amazon generics).
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    MXR Smart Gate noise gate pedal. It makes playing and recording single coil guitars possible. Incredibly versatile and indispensable.
     
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    You might not want to pay attention to my recommendations, I love my SM58's. I use those for vocals both live and recording, and I use them as "gosh, I don't have an SM57, these are only one number off, let's use these" mics all the time for recording guitars. I think you're thinking of the 67, I've read about it but I've not used one.
     
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    I don't hate 58s FYI. But I don't gig live and there are better mics for the price for recording. To each their own!
     
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    Ibanez ADL delay. Great analog delay pedal that they only made for a year or two, I'm told. Nice warm tone, sounds great with my '66 Gretsch 6120 and Fender Vibratone.
     
  9. crossbones

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    Joemeek VC1Q mic pre/channel. I use it every day on many recording/mixing projects. Insta-1966 Beatles sounds.
    "Can't get the sound I'm looking for.... Run it through the Meek.... Oh, there it is"

    Have had an old Behringer 4 channel headphone amp in constant use for 20 years. Not "great" sounding, but when you need to give 4 people HP mixes real quick and need some power, it gets the job done.

    A defective, worn out, needs upgrading ART Pro VLA compressor also gets used just about every day for 20 years.
    We have a lot of great gear, but when you need to beat something into submission quick, it's hard to beat.

    Old pedals that were never good enough for my pedal board all seem to take on new life when you run audio tracks to and from them using a db/impedance matching interface of some kind.
    There are no plugins made, nor rack mount gear for that matter that can do what an old crappy pedal does.
     
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    I've used one of these cheap Behringer B5 mics for years. Recorded acoustic guitar, mandolin, Dobro, harmonica etc. Always get great results. I now have better quality mic's but I often come back to this cheap little Behringer.

    https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/B5m--behringer-b-5
     
  11. mattball826

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    Have so many buying Go Pro's for 300-400 and deal with fish eye, bad sound, horrible at low light

    Canon HFR series simply destroys them in all categories at less than half the price..

    Drummer swears by Pyle PDMIC78's he got for 11 bucks each. Sound good every time he uses them, and even better than the 57's or other i5's he had on the kit. Great Chinese knockoff.

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    Sams Club 24" ABS cases we got for $44 each. Killer for mixers, lighting, drones, guns, anything you want to use it for. On wheels too.

    Behringer Powerplay Pro headphone amp.
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    ha, I have always heard they are specialists in low-end gear but how good it is opinions vary a lot. I might try one one of these days. :)
     
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    You beat me to it ;)
     
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    Yeah, I had to upvote that, too.
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  18. bob-i

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    I love cheap gear, mostly because I can make anything sound just as crummy.

    Dano cool cat pedals, especially the cool cat drive v1
    Mooer pedals, hustle drive
    Joyo pedals
    XR18
    EV ZLX powered speakers
    Epi guitars
    Edwards guitars
    WGS speakers
    MIM Fender guitars
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    I used to like Carvin PA cabs but that ship has sailed
     
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  19. JiveJust

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    Well the SM58 is primarily designed for live use but for a punk rock band you may want that frequency response. There are tales of famous singers using an SM58 thru a really expensive preamp on major releases.

    Anyhow I can confirm the MXL V67G is a great mic for the money. I have two of them I use for drum overheads and acoustic guitar. If anything the V67G is a tad dark which is a good thing since most of the cheaper mic seems to have harsh high end. Also I have really nice preamps in my Focusrite Clarett 8PreX.

    If you’ve got a really good preamp then the mic doesn’t have to be so expensive. If you have an expensive mic and a lousy preamp you aren’t going to be able to make it sound good.
     
  20. JiveJust

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    I rally like Redco XLRs and Canare cable rather than day Neutrik and Mogami. The connection nuts on the Redco XLRs are metal. Last time I checked the Neutrik at the same price point has plastic barrels. Canare is just plain great sounding cable but as expensive.
     

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