What's in your mic drawer?

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  1. redmax61

    redmax61 Member

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    I'm seriously considering a major mic purchase. I'm getting a Blue Ball that a fellow Forumite is offering, but I'm also thinking about either a Bluebird or Baby Bottle. However, before I go spending a wad of cash, I have to ask what you have in your mic drawer.

    Me first:
    Marshall MXL63
    AKG D3600
    SM57
    AKG D550
    EV 635A
    2x AKG C430
    3x AKG D409
    Soon . . . Blue Ball
     
  2. onemind

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    AKG 414B/ULS
    ROYER R-121 RIBBON
    SENNHEISER E609
    SHURE SM58 X2
    SHURE SM57 X2
    BLUE BABY BOTTLE
    RODE NT5 (MATCHED PAIR)

    CAN'T THINK OF OTHERS RIGHT NOW

    STEVE
     
  3. loudboy

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    Soundelux E-47
    Rode Classic
    Neumann TLM-103
    A-T 4033
    MXL V67 (x4)
    Oktava 319
    Beyer 740 (x2)

    AKG 451EB (x2)
    Oktava MK-012 (x2)

    Sennheiser 421
    Sennheiser 441
    Shure SM-58
    Shure SM-57 (x4)

    Mine:

    B.L.U.E. Mouse
    Soundelux U-195
    MXL V67
    CAD Equitek II
    SP B1
    Oktava 219

    Neumann KM184 (x2)
    AKG 460
    Oktava MK-012 (x2)

    Royer R-121

    A-T ATM-25
    Sennheiser 421 (x2)
    Beyer M69
    Shure Beta 58a
    Shure SM-57 (x6)
    EV ND-457 (x4)

    I probably forgot a few...

    Loudboy
     
  4. covert

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    Mine's not a drawer, it's a dresser. There are some 90 mics, and I'm not about to list them all.
     
  5. LSchefman

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    Blue Kiwi
    AKG 414
    Oktava 319
    Oktava 012 (pr)
    GT small diaphragm condenser (I forgot the model #)
    57s
    Audix D-3
     
  6. Chiba

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    Sennheiser e609 - I have several silvers that I take to gigs to use on guitar cabs & vocals, and I have one black that stays home for studio use.

    Studio Projects C3 - this is a multi-pattern mic that gets a lot of use on just about everything.

    SE Electronics SE-500 - cheap single-pattern tube mic that sounds very nice.

    I have a couple inexpensive 'pencil' mics - Shure, Beyer-Dynamic, etc. - that don't get a lot of use but I keep around because they didn't cost much and have the occasional spot use. The B-D sounds really good on a snare, but since I don't record drums much... :)

    And the BLUE stuff: Ball, Kickball, Dragonfly, and Baby Bottle. The Baby Bottle and Dragonfly are probably my favorite mics, especially for vocals and acoustic guitars.

    --chiba
     
  7. redmax61

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    OK, this leads me to my next question. From the guys who have experience with Blue mics, I found a killer deal on a new Bluebird. It's mic, Blueberry cable, pop filter, shockmount and carrying case for $499. I' to try to grab before the deal is gone. It's quite a step up for me, so It'll be my primary vocal mic for everything from Rock all the way to hardcore.

    Decent choice?
     
  8. TAVD

    TAVD Guitar Player Gold Supporting Member

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    CAD kick mic
    sm57
    Shure 517
    Audix stereo sdc
    Some misc. dynamics and an old crystal element mic.
    A DVC speaker (one coil is driven by an amp, the piston induces current in the other coil, which connects to a transformer then preamp, just like a mic with a big diaphram).
    A Nady ribbon mic on the way.
    Next mic: Avenson sto-2
     
  9. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Shure SM-57
    Groove Tubes GT-33
    Josephson C42 matched pair

    I'd love to get a Royer 122, but that's a ways off. What I have now works great for recording the instruments that I play.

    Bryan
     
  10. BSHARP

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    Beyer M500 (ribbon mic - great for vocals)
    Beyer M101 (omni general recording)
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  11. loudboy

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    Here's my response to the same question on another forum:

    B.L.U.E. mics are designed around a very different business philosophy: To be really good at a very limited thing. Any model of mic will only be good about 10% of the time, but it will absolutely KILL on that 10%.

    Interesting philosophy, but a B.L.U.E. mic is not what I'd recommend unless you've got a closet full of other, more general-purpose mics.

    Also, B.L.U.E. is currently embroiled in a nasty legal battle w/a former supplier and all their higher-end mics are currently out of production. I'd wait a few months to see how things shake out...

    That said, I've got a Mouse and it absolutely kicks ass on certain things.

    For that price range, I'd look at A-T or Shure, or go a little more $ and look at a used Soundelux U-195 or Neumann TLM-103.

    Loudboy
     
  12. MichaelK

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    Both stage and studio:

    Neumann M-149
    Neumann KM-184 x2
    Earthworks SR-77 x2
    AT 4047
    AT 4054 x2
    Shure SM58 x2
    Shure SM57 x2
    Shure SM60

    Somewhere in the basement:
    Shure "Uniball," circa 1972. Has an unbalanced 1/4" plug at the end. I don't know if it even still works.
    An old piano mic (brand forgotten), circa 1969, mounted behind a big black rubber suction cup. I used to plug it into an Ampeg bass amp.
     
  13. MichaelK

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    FWIW I've never liked that mic. Just personal taste, I guess.
     
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  15. LSchefman

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    Red, I differ with Loudboy slightly on Blue mics.

    I have owned the Blueberry, the Kiwi, the Mouse, the Dragonfly.

    They are all good at vocals and acoustic guitar, which for most people on this board, is all they are going to record with a large D condenser. I have not recorded with the one you're looking at, however, I have heard it's good.

    I've used the Blue mics on vocals, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, acoustic bass, piano, overheads, hand percussion, room mic on drums, saxophones, and cello with good results.

    Incidentally, I wish I'd kept the Mouse, which I sold to get the Kiwi. I liked it better, it had more vibe. The Kiwi reminds me of my old Neumann U89, which is to say, it's a great mic, but kind of neutral.

    The thing about many Blue mics is that they have less proximity effect than most other mics. I'm not a fan of the TLM 103, I had a pair, and got rid of them quickly. For some reason, the 103 adds a kind of electronic gloss that bugs me, and has an annoying resonance in the lower midrange on female vocals (I record a lot of female vocals).
     
  16. MichaelK

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    Well-put. That's kind of how I remember it.
     
  17. covert

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    I'm really not sure what the deal with the Bluebird is. It was originally only avaiable bundled with a somewhat dubious preamp. Now it seems to have replaced the Baby Bottle as the low end of the BLUE large condenser line. Externally, it seems to be pretty close to the BB, which has not been all that well regarded as a vocal mic. The best answer, is to try it out, and see if it suits your voice and your aesthetic.
     
  18. juniorspecial

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    What's in my mic drawer?

    An SM-57, and a bunch of socks! I'm a guitar player!

    :dude
     
  19. GuitslingerTim

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    Shure SM57
    Electro-voice SM58 copy (sounds identical)
    AKG C1000
    MXL V69 ME
     
  20. redmax61

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    Um, the last thing I would want to do is put my face up near a microphone that smells like feet. EEEEEW!! :eek:
     

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