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Recommendation for decent mic and compressor

sampleinajar

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Hi All-

I am getting back into recording after a long break, and am in the market for two all-purpose pieces of gear. First, I need a good condenser mic (under $500) that will be really good on vocals, and at least 'good' on acoustic/classical guitar. I would also like recommendations for a good, all-purpose compressor/limiter that could be used for everything from drums to vocals to guitar (under $500 if possible). Ease of use on the compressor would be a factor too.

Many thanks for your thoughts-

Steve
 

GregoryL

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Lots of options available - some commonly receiving favourable feedback for your applications...

Blue Bluebird
Audio Technica 4040
Rode NT2-A

For the compressor, if you're looking for outboard, the FMR RNC is a nice unit, but if you're recording into a DAW, you may want to consider going with a plug-in for the most versatility (no limit to number of channels).
 

loudboy

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I would look at Shure KSM Series and A-T mics, in that price range.

Then, I'd get an RNC and an AT Pro-VLA, for two different flavors.
 

sampleinajar

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Cool. Thanks for all the great suggestions. I am intrigued by the KSM44, so I'll see if I can find one used someplace.

Anyone have suggestions for a good plugin compressor that would work for Reaper, Cubase4, and Acid?

Thanks, and any more suggestions welcome!

Steve
 

aram

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Get the Rode NTV tube mic.

It's back from the day when Rode was making mics as a high end mic company, before they started mass producing things.

When it first came out they went for over $1500. now you can get them for around $450. They come up on ebay now and then and are well worth the wait.

They sound AMAZING!


It's a sleeper. Get it! you won't be disappointed. I'll see if I can post some clips of mine and an acoustic tomorrow.

I will also second the awesomeness of the stillwell audio stuff.
 

aram

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Awesome, thanks aram and wopr. Starting to do my homework and searches..

Best-

Steve
I've also read that if you swap out the tube in the NTV to a NOS tube, it gets even better.

There was some big time producer a few years back who said in TapeOP that he prefered it to a U47 when doing this.

Then the prices shot up a bit.

But now they're back to the mid $400s.
 




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