What's your favorite microphone?

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  1. alvagoldbook

    alvagoldbook Member

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    I know this is a rather open-ended kind of question, but I think it would get some interesting responses. What's your favorite mic, and why.
     
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    i could record anything w/ it.
     
  3. elambo

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    Neumann KM54 from 1954.

    I've used all the holy grail mics and each sounds fantastic, but throwing up a 54 is like using something alien. High end like no other mic, smooth and even response everywhere else, and a sound so present that whatever you record with it jumps out of the monitors. For acoustic guitar specifically it's magical.

    Other favorites:
    For vocals - 251 and C12
    Guitar cab - Royer 121
    Piano - Schoeps cmc6/mk4
    EVERYTHING else - Wunder CM7
     
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    Kick drum: EV Re-20
    Clean el. guitars & acoustic guitars: AEA R-84
     
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    Probably costs at least 2 Dumbles. Seriously, what is the market value for one of those?
     
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    Senn 421, its like a 57 but it actually sounds good. You can literally in a pinch put a 421 on anything. Makes guitar cabs sound huge.
     
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    the ones i have available for me. Its the indian not the arrow.

    :p
     
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    i have one that i've owned since about '72 that wes dooley has maintained. i have a matching pair that wes built that are pretty well identical to an original.
    the new ones are fairly affordable, as high end mics go. wes is the ribbon man.

    i honestly have no idea how much an original 44 that has been maintained well would be worth.
     
  9. Timmylikesthing

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    AKG 414

    or

    Sennheiser 421

    They make everything sound... EXCELLENT.

    Tim
     
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    Royer 122 active ribbon for me at the moment...just did a session using two for my acoustic, and one for my voice...
     
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    studio projects LSD2 stereo mic for recording everything.
     
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    The EV cardinal is my favorite vocal mic with my voice. It's a condenser tough enough to bring on stage that looks amazing and can be dropped without worrying about damaging it.

    http://www.electrovoice.com/products/89.html
     
  13. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Any issues getting enough level from the microphone on the guitar? I've tried a 121 on acoustics before, but never could get enough volume out of the mic (the preamp was a Chandler Germanium, I think). I know the 122 has more output, but wasn't sure how much. I'd love to have one to use on guitar, dobro, uke, etc., if it has enough output.

    The 121 is probably my favorite microphone. A real eye opener, especially on guitar amps.

    Bryan
     
  14. elambo

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    The Germanium has less than 40db of gain, so not the best choice for a ribbon mic (although it's a great pre - my favorite for electric guitar even over a classic Neve).
     
  15. Bryan T

    Bryan T Guitar Owner Silver Supporting Member

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    Oh, I didn't realize that it had so little gain. I'll try it with some of the other pres the next time I'm at the studio. The Germ and the 121 are a great pair for electric guitar.

    Bryan
     
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    Ooooh, now you're talkin'....
     

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