Your favorite microphones for micing cabs - under $200

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  1. dorfmeister

    dorfmeister Member

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    I want one mic for micing my electric guitar cab. What will give me the most bang for the buck?

    I know many use the Shure SM57 but I am guessing there are many other interesting possibilities.
     
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    Sennheiser E609 or E906?
     
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    I love my Royer 121 - obviously more than $200

    how about a Cascade Ribbon mic ?
     
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    Thanks.

    Will the Cascade work for close-micing?
     
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    Its a little more then $200 but a Sennheiser 421 is a mic that can be used on anything from kick drums through vocals... if your lucky, a used one might be $200. I like the 609's a lot too for guitar amps... toms... bass rigs...

    Everyone should have a 421 though.
     
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    I agree w/ the Senn 421 as well

    it works GREAT on cabs. I probably use a 421 more than 57 - great on tomes - great on Bass amps
     
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    Yeah, the Fathead is rated up to 156 dB or something insane.
     
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    How about a 57 and a 609, or Audix i5?

    If you buy used, you can probbaly get all 3 for $200.

    More mics make for more choices, and a better chance of getting it right...
     
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    I'd say SM57. To me, a MD421 and a 57 sound nearly identical on a guitar cab. I lean slightly toward the way a 57 handles spikes, but I couldn't tell you which was which in a blind test. I hear a more significant difference between them on material with more bass content.
     
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    beyerdynamic m201 is my all time favorite. Although its about $300, but it will blow away a SM57...
     
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    Really?

    They're no more alike then a Les Paul and a Tele...

    421 has more bottom & extended top end.

    57 is all midrange snarl...
     
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    agreed
     
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    I think they're more alike than a Les Paul and a Tele, but sure, that's fine. I didn't say they're the same. I said that on guitar cabs, they sound nearly identical, to me.

    All I can tell you is, when I put them on opposite sides of the same speaker, same distance away (capsule about 1" from the grill cloth), on-axis, that's what I got. It's possible that farther away or angled differently there might be more of a difference, but I set them the way I like to set a dynamic mic.
     
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    I put a U87 about a foot back room and a 57 on the cone - I use one or the other to avoid the issues of using both as they would be slightly out of sync which drives me nuts.
     
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    I'll agree with the recommendations for the Sennheiser e906 (the $189-ish mic with the three-poistion EQ switch) - I haven't used an actual Sennheiser 409 in ten years, but I loved them when I used them, and the e906 gets closer (to me) than any of the e609 variants.

    Off topic, I am not a fan of the silver e609's - there is something about their presence peak that reminds me of an SM57, and if I'm going to go for that, I'll just use a SM57 (which I almost never do). Now, the old black e609's are good, if a bit dark and dull, so I find myself using those only on bright and thin amps.
     
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    Mix this and a 57 together and you'll have a nice thick guitar sound. 421 has nice mids for guitars. 57 adds the top end and a little more scooped sound.

    Add an LDC and you can blend different tones throughout the song with different tones just by changing mic combinations.

    I sold my 421 a while back. I'll be picking up another sometime though. Great mic!
     
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    A 57 is the industry-standard go-to basic. The i5 is nice, too, with a little more range.

    But I'd start with a 57 and add mics as budget permits. You'll find lots of uses for a 57, and it will stay in your mic cabinet forever.
     
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    I've got a pretty nice mic locker at my studio, so I've got plenty to choose from. SM57, 609, 421, i5s are all standards. I have some cheap ribbons that I like to pair with any of the ones mentioned, they seem to thicken things up.
     
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    It will exceed your budget, but seriously consider a Heil PR30, LOVE it, just can't seem to get bad tones, try one just slightly off access to the cone. Good Luck!!
     

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