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Old 09-13-2005, 11:48 AM
rock15478 rock15478 is offline
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Default Overhead Mics....

So I've done tons of research and searching these forums....Alot of people seem to prefer the Oktava MC-012 or MK-012 mics as overhead mics. First question is...what is the difference between the MC and the MK (if any)? Second question is...where can I get a reliable pair (stereo matched)? Check out these websites.... click here and here ...some very interesting info on fakes. I've heard these in a studio I recorded at and was very impressed....however I'm not sure which ones they were using. Tons of people have been satisfied and said they got them at Guitar Ceneter. Please put your input in. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
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Old 09-13-2005, 12:31 PM
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Default Re: Overhead Mics....

sound-room these guys are legit but expensive.

I got a pair from GC a year or so ago and they are the real thing. I got them for $70 a pop. They had a deal where they were 2 for $99 at one point!!!! Unfortunately it was before I knew about the mic. Since I voiced my concern over their QC, the guy I bought them from told me I could take them home and test them and bring them back for an exchange if there was a problem.

These mics are notorious for bad quality control, so don't buy without hearing! Unless it's from the sound-room where everything is hand tested and matched.

The whole point of these mics is that they sound great for the price so don't pay too much for them.

As far as the MC vs. MK there are a million versions of what this actually means. The one I most believe is they stand for Mikrophone vs. Microphone.

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Old 09-13-2005, 01:50 PM
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I have a pair of AKG C1000s. I am very happy with them.
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Old 09-13-2005, 03:20 PM
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Default Re: Overhead Mics....

Well, let's turn this into an overhead mic thread then.....Any more suggestions?....Basically that's all I have left to buy for my drum mics. So far I have an AKG D112 for kick, Sennheiser e604's for toms, and 2 SM 57's for snare....I need 2 good overhead mics, and prefer to keep it fairly low cost (under $300-$350 for a pair if possible). Thanks for the help
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Old 09-13-2005, 07:15 PM
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Try a used pair of Sm81's. Should be able to find some on Ebay for that much.
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Old 09-13-2005, 07:42 PM
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Default Re: Overhead Mics....

I've used the MK-012, both live and in the studio, it they work great.

Found this through one of the links you posted:

* - original MK-012 microphones produced by OAO Oktava earlier can also be labelled Oktava ?C 012.

** - MK-012 microphones manufactured before 2002 don't have serial numbers
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Old 09-13-2005, 08:32 PM
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I use a pair of Studio Projects C1's for overheads and like the result. Keep in mind that I'm not terribly experienced, though, but I don't hear anything unnatural or harsh in them, just a nice sound especially the cymbals. They are large diaphragm condenser mics and go for about $200 apiece, I think.

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Old 09-14-2005, 08:40 PM
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Default Re: Overhead Mics....

I've gotta chime in on this. I am happy to see it on the duc. I bought a pair of MK012's for the studio where i work about a couple of years ago for $99 a pair. I really really like these mics for overheads as well as acoustic guitar. I didn't know jack about them when I bought them, and wanted a pair of my own badly.

So then guitar center suddenly has them again....a pair for $199 (this was about 6-7 weeks ago). I go down to check them out and I end up getting stories from 3 guys who worked there and another guy who was just in the microphone secion. There stories overlapped when they said that the company/production line was sold to China and that the MK's were authentic Russian made while the MC's are made in china. The guy who didn't work there said he'd A/B'd them and that the MC's definitely did not have the same quality as the MK's. Also, they no longer come with screw-in -10dB pads like the MK's (which was a feature Iiked).

So I don't doubt that the MC's could be just fine. But I just couldn't bring myself to buy a pair from everything I had heard. I really wish I had bought the MK's when they were $99 a couple years ago, but too late now. The original MK's go for like $300 EACH now if you can get them. I know that's not exactly historically the highest price for a pro mic, but 600 for a pair sure stinks compared to 99.

but if you get the MC's, please, let me know how you like em!
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Old 09-15-2005, 10:00 AM
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Default Re: Overhead Mics....

I am fairly certain the mc's were the originals and the mk's (that i have and bought 2 for 99 at GC) are the new versions and yeah, mione have the screable in -10db pad. I like em, wait, i love em. they are 69.00 each at GC right now.
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Old 09-15-2005, 03:16 PM
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I just got a pair of apex 185 SDC, i have posted samples at gearslutz, here is the link....




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