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Old 05-14-2003, 06:39 PM
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Default Best mics for recording quartet

two girls and two guys I need to record So I need to buy 4 nice mics but I don't want to spend very much. So what do you think would give me the best bang for the buck I have a TLM 103 which I love I also have a Audio technia 4030 which I use for rock vocalist but I find it to be harsh and brittle for suttle voice recording. So for around 2-400.00 what would be silky smooth I was looking into the akgs 2000 or the 3000 series or maybe the shures ??? akg 414's are nice but can't afford them if I need to get 4 / [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img] Groove tube ?
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Old 05-14-2003, 06:46 PM
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Hey, I noticed you're in Riverside... maybe you should consider just renting a few mics from SIR or similar place up in LA. It'll probably be a lot cheaper, especially if you only need the mics for one session.
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Old 05-14-2003, 11:01 PM
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Default Re: Best mics for recording quartet

You basically have two methods to choose from; eithe rrecord them as a single instrument, or as individual voices.

A pair of 414's would be excellent, and can be rented for reasonable$$$, perhaps along with a good stereo mic pre. Rode NTK's are also a great choice, and less $$$$.(around $900 for the pair)

the Shure VP88 at around $750 is a killer MS stereo mic, which i have used on small vocal groups many times successfully.

4 Shure Beta 58A's or Beta 87's would do a wonderful job too, and give you flexability to remix the blend and placement.

Hope this is helpful.
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Old 05-14-2003, 11:49 PM
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thanks I forgot about the Rodes I am going to look into those still like the 414 option
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Old 05-15-2003, 09:35 AM
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Default Re: Best mics for recording quartet

Joesphson C-42 $900 matched pair
Akg 451 around $250 a piece on ebay
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Old 05-15-2003, 05:36 PM
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Not familiar with the first mic you mentioned for 900.00 a pair but the Akg 451 are small condencer mics would'nt it be better to use a full diaphram especially to capture the low bass voices ? I know the 451s are great mics
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Old 05-15-2003, 05:54 PM
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Default Re: Best mics for recording quartet

Actually, small diaphram mics pick up plenty of low end. The AKG 251s are fairly flat, as are most small diaphrams.

The large diaphram doesn't pick up more low end unless it is cardoid and the singer is close. However, a large diaphram does have different high frequency characteristics depending on the angle it is placed at in regard to the sound source. Straight on will pick up more highs, but at and angle, some highs will get cancelled out because of the width of the diaphram.

I think this is correct. Anyone out there know more about this?
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Old 05-15-2003, 08:40 PM
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I love the 451s on instruments, overheads, rooms, but I don't like them at all on vocals (except maybe choir, which I haven't tried).
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Old 05-15-2003, 09:04 PM
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I tracked a song for a movie soundtrack and the singer sounded great with a 451. All depends on the person.
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Old 05-15-2003, 11:54 PM
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i like a lot the Neumann KM184... [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
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