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Old 10th December 2021 | Show parent
  #1201
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🎧 15 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by shimoyjk ➡️
Hello!
I bought pair because I wanted make some demos or even albums. Mostly using for grand piano, acoustic guitar and sometimes for vocals. It’s very neutral and clean, I like it a lot. At the same time It also captures some dirtiness of some instruments, kind of revealing what it really sounds like(compared to other mics i have). I’m going to treat more around piano and ceiling since I think these babies need better acoustic treatments to work better..

Some vocals I and singer liked it a lot. I’m going to use this as main vocal mic until I get wa-251 moded.
Hello, and thank you! I appreciate your answer and it gave me a lot to think about.

And I think I will continue to invest in acoustic treatment before I invest in a big mic purchase.
Old 10th December 2021 | Show parent
  #1202
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English sheepdogs make great corner Bass Traps.
They can nap on the job.
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Old 12th December 2021 | Show parent
  #1203
Here for the gear
 
AKG D5
AKG P5
Shure sm58se
Behringer TM-1
Rode NT1-A
MXL CR89
Neumann TLM 102
Rode NTK
Old 12th December 2021 | Show parent
  #1204
Gear Nut
 
🎧 5 years
Ha! My “locker” is two drawers. I’m not really for want of more mics - I think I have what’s necessary, just wish I knew how to use them a lot better.

SM57 X 2 - Cabinets, BG vocals.

SM 81 X 2 - OH, hats, acoustic guitars. You can record a great vocal on them, just don’t tell Neumann that.

Bumblebee DIY ribbon X2 - recorderman on a kit, that and a kick mic and it’s pretty nice. Guitar cabs. Room mics for anything, guitars, vocals, etc, the poor man’s 121, IMO(like $250 a pop)

Blue Bluebird with Mic Parts U47 style capsule - when you want a bit of a presence bump on a vocal. The original capsule is nasty.

Mic Parts DIY U87 kit. Nice and clean, sounds very much like a U87, but no attenuator so it needs to be like 6’ away from a kit. I did a comparison video in which most were hard pressed to tell the diff.

Senn 609 - Cabs, when you want it to stick out a bit more. SM57 seems to blend in a mix more. I have been very happy with this mic on a snare. Like a 57 but a bit more scooped.

Beta 91 + kick =KABOOM

Beta 58 - when you want major amounts of isolation on any source. If you’re going to record live off the floor just rent a dozen of these bad boys, close mic everything, and boom, done. IMO a dynamic with superior rejection beats a condenser picking up every noise in every corner of the room any day. YMMV.

OM5 - see Beta 58 but not quite as good rejection, and has a bump that sounds fantastic live, not so sure about in a studio. Further experimentation required.

Those cheap APEX ribbon mics - rooms, on a cabinet with a 57, I once did a vocal with them...
Old 12th December 2021 | Show parent
  #1205
OK… after watching this thread for ages I guess I’ll bite.

LDC
Oktava MK 319 with mechanical mods
Oktava MK 220 with mechanical mods
Oktava MKL 2500 with Michael Joly mod
Oktava MK 105
2 Oktava MK 102
Se 4400a
TechZone Stellar X2
TechZone Stellar X2 Vintage
Avantone CV12 (new addition)

SDC
Oktava MK 012 pair with cardioid, hypercardioid, and omni capsules.

DYNAMIC
Electro-Voice RE20
Electro-Voice ND86
Shure SM 58
3 Shure SM57
Shure Prologue 14L

RiBBON
Cascade Fathead pair
Apex 205 with windscreens removed
Apex 210 with windscreens removed

Radio Shack PZM

You can probably tell that I dig the sound of Oktava mics. I’m also a big fan of TechZone LDCs. Very, very underrated in my humble estimation.
Old 16th December 2021 | Show parent
  #1206
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Focus on VO & Location Recordings

Rode NT4 Stereo
Audio Technica BP4029 Stereo
Audio Technica BP4025 stereo
Rode NTG5 & NTG3
Sennheiser e916
AKG c451B (2)
Line Audio CM4 (2)
Rode Podmic
EV RE20
Shure Beta 57 & 58
Shure SM7B
Beyer M88
Rode NTK (OPR Mod)
AKG P820
AKG c414XLS
Shure KSM32
Beesneez BU87IC
Oktava MK319
Sennheiser MKH416
Old 18th December 2021
  #1207
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In this moment - finally - a third Stellar CM-6. I was waiting for another one popping up in the used market for years. Yay!
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Old 27th December 2021 | Show parent
  #1208
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Uptade

Akg P5
Akg D5
Behringer sm78b
Rode NT 1 A
Rode NTK
Neumann TLM 102
Neumann TLM 103
Old 27th December 2021 | Show parent
  #1209
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Akg P5
Akg D5
Behringer sm78a
Rode NT 1 A
Rode NTK
Neumann TLM 102
Neumann TLM 103[/QUOTE]
Old 7th January 2022
  #1210
Here for the gear
 
Dynamic:
Sennheiser BF530
Shure SM57
Samson Q7

Ribbon:
DIY mic from Beyerdynamic TG V90W capsule

Condenser:
Blue Encore 300
Sony ECM-MS957
Dayton EMM-6

USB/office:
Razer Seiren Elite
Samson GM1U

Last edited by onemicstand; 7th January 2022 at 06:46 AM.. Reason: Update
Old 24th January 2022 | Show parent
  #1211
Here for the gear
AEA Ku-5a
Sennheiser MD441u3
Earthworks SR314
Earthworks M30
Shure SM7b
Shure SM57
Townsend Labs L22
Old 4th February 2022 | Show parent
  #1212
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Quote:
Originally Posted by steveland_berlin ➡️
Currently:

Tube Microphones:

- CAD VX2
- Horch RM2J
- Neumann CMV563, MK55, M7s, Blue B6 & B0, JZ VIN26
- Schoeps CM51 (2x)
- Telefunken Ela-M302, M7, Blue B6 & B0, JZ VIN26

Condenser Microphones:

- Audio Technica AE3000 (2x)
- BeesNeez Lulu (2x)
- CAD E350 (3x)
- CAD E100 (4x)
- Countryman ISOMAX 2c (2x)
- Dieter Schoepf Juno (2x)
- Ehrlund EHR-M (2x)
- Ehrlund EHR-H
- Shure SM91a (2x)
- Sony C37P
- Violet "The Global Pre" (2x)
- ZP800G

Dynamic Microphones:

- Audio Technica ATM25 (2x)
- Audio Technica ATM23 (4x)
- Audix i5
- Beyerdynamic M201 TG (2x)
- Beyerdynamic M380 NC
- Beyerdynamic M67
- Beyerdynamic M88N
- Beyerdynamic M99 (3x)
- Beyerdynamic TG D50d (2x)
- Blue enCORE 100i (2x)
- Electro Voice Raven
- Microtech Gefell MD100
- MBHO MBD 219 (3x)
- Philips EL 6033/10 (2x)
- Sennheiser 441
- Sennheiser 421
- Sennheiser BF509 (3x)
- Sennheiser BF521
- Sennheiser e905 (2x)
- Sennheiser MD211 (2x)
- Shure SM57
- Shure Beta 57
- Shure SM7B
- Telefunken M80
- Yamaha Subkick

Ribbon Microphones:

- Beyerdynamic M160 (2x)
- Beyerdynamic M260 SM (2x)
- Beyerdynamic M320 (2x)
- Fostex M88RP (2x)
- Fostex M77RP
- Shure KSM353
- Shure KSM313
- Sandhill Audio 6011A
What do you think of those beesneez lulus? I’ve been looking at tube SDCs and they popped up on my radar.
Old 4th February 2022 | Show parent
  #1213
Here for the gear
I think most of us are going for the highest level of performance for the least amount of money, and on that front I think I’ve got a pretty nice collection here that covers most if not all bases

AEA N8 (2)
AKG D112
Beyerdynamic M160 (2)
Beyerdynamic M201
Beyerdynamic MC930 (2)
Electro-Voice RE20
Golden Age R1 active mkII
Josephson E22s
Mojave MA-300
Oktava MK012 (4)
RCA SK-46
RM BIV-1 (2)
sE Electronics 2200
Shure Beta 181/c
Shure SM-57
Telefunken AR-51
Turner 500 (2)
Old 5th February 2022 | Show parent
  #1214
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🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by rancechampion ➡️
What do you think of those beesneez lulus? I’ve been looking at tube SDCs and they popped up on my radar.
Hi, I have the older model, which has a boosted top end. They work well on acoustic guitars, piano, percussion and distance micing. They didn't work on drum overhead, unless you filter the top end down. They have character in a good way, but are a bit noisy for quiet sources. I think the current version is preferable and a really good deal.
Old 12th February 2022
  #1215
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Neumann TLM 102
Neumann TLM 103
Rode NT1000
Rode NTK
Rode NT1A
AKG P5
Old 12th February 2022
  #1216
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🎧 5 years
Man, I love microphones. I came across this excellent video early in my journey: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oSopDK7f5Zk. It is Matt McGlynn from Roswell Pro Audio talking about how to build a mic locker by focusing on Sonic Diversity. there is another video from that lecture where he talks about Large diaphragm capsule types and circuits, and that really helped to demystify choosing microphones.

In my experience, I’ve found Mojave and Roswell mics to offer the best sound for the money. Here is my current locker. I’ve ranked it in terms of value for the money - the mics at the top of the list brought me the greatest improvement in sound for the lowest investment.

1) Mojave MA-201. I compared this to an advanced audio cm-87 and the Mojave had this lovely, subtle lift in the midrange, right where the vocal sits in comparison. It sounds so smooth, present, and clear. Zero harshness. It’s the last mic I will ever sell.
2) Roswell Mini K-47. This is a great way to get the sound of the 47 capsule at an amazing price. I love this mic for acoustic guitar.
3) Cascade Vin Jets with Lundhall transformers. These ribbon mics are incredible. I love using them on vocals, guitar, violin, and in a blumlein pair.
4) Mojave MA-300. This may be my favorite mic on the list. It sounds similar to the REDD, Soyuz, and copperhead. It is, in my opinion, the best tube mic for the money. I love the continuously variable polar patterns and prefer this mic dialed part ways towards figure of 8.
5) Blue Bluebird (original) - this is a very good microphone for the price. It was my first condenser and I sold it - but ended up picking one up again because my long term collaborator missed using it.
6) Chandler REDD - this mic has taken me the longest to learn. It can cover a lot of ground based upon how it is gain staged, how hard you’re driving the preamp, and the different modes. But this mic is so much FUN to use. It makes drums sound huge, and is somehow a mixture of all the great microphones I’ve used.
7) Mojave MA-1000 - I love this mic. It’s not as much of a screamin value as the 300 or 201, but it sounds amazing and looks so damn cool. Using this along with the 300, I can dial the patterns towards figure of 8 to increase rejection, and use it to record guitar and vocals at the same time. The combination of these two together is ridiculously good.
8) Soyuz 017 tube - I’m still learning this one, but it has a strong low-mid sound, very deep and rich. But for a cardiod only mic, it is not the best value on this list.

Some other mics I’ve owned that I would recommend:
-The Roswell Colares. Wow. What a hell of a good mic. It’s a c12 style capsule, FET mic, and looks amazing. Like a ‘tube mic without the tubes’. Imagine a 414 on steroids that looks like a vintage 47 in a beautiful, metallic copper color.
-Telefunken copperhead. It sounds like the MA-300 though, which I prefer for the versatility of the polar patterns.

I would really like to try the MA-37 or Manley silver to get the Sony C37A flavor. I’m interested in Samar, Sontronics, and AEA Ribbons, as well as a nice 47/49 (perhaps by RMS Audioworks) to see how those stack up against my current microphones.
Old 15th February 2022 | Show parent
  #1217
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First post on the forum,but ive been lurking for some years.
Anyway, got a rather spartan locker but they do the trick for me live or in studio:

Dynamics:
Audix i5
Audix D2 x2
Audix D4
Audix D6
Akg D112
AKG D40
Sontronics STC-80
Sennheiser 609 Silver

Condensers:
Lewitt 040 x2 match pair
Lewitt LCT 240 pro x2

Ribbon:
T.Bone RM700

Currently looking on some Warm Audio 47jr and a sE7 Sdc...but maybe next month
Old 16th February 2022 | Show parent
  #1218
Here for the gear
WA47jr
MXL 5000
AKG D1000E
BETA57
MXL R80
SE 8 omni stereo
Line Audio CM4 stereo

I enjoy all of these mics for vocals, strings, horns, and electric guitar.

I'd say the SDCs are the most useful overall. The WA47jr is great with certain instruments too. The 57 and MXLs get the least use, especially the 5000, which is a decent not too bright LDC. Very similar to a TLM103. Will probably sell it and pick up more SDCs as I really need a hypercardiod AT4053.

The one I would buy more of is the CM4.

AT4053, KSM141, cardiod caps for SE8 are next purchases.
Old 17th February 2022
  #1219
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AKG D310
AKG D1000e
Behringer C2 (x2)
CAD Audio KBM412
EV 630
EV RE45N/D
GLS ES-57 (x3)
Lewitt LCT 240 Pro
MXL 990
MXL 991
Nady SP-1
Neewer NW700 (x2)
Peavey PVi1000 (x2)
Pyle PDMIC57
Pyle PDMIC78 (x2)
Shure SM57 (x2)
Shure SM7B
SMM-200 MTV
Old 17th February 2022 | Show parent
  #1220
Here for the gear
 
Condenser:
Flea 47 with F47 Capsule
Microtech Gefell UM92.1S (my first mic)
2x Neumann U87
2x Sony C100
4x Schoeps CMC5 with MK4 Capsule

Dynamic:
Electrovoice RE20
2x Beyerdynamic M88
Shure SM7b
Shure SM57

But there are 2 mics I really would love to have.. one is the Telefunken Ela M 251 and the other one is the Sony C800g, which you can‘t get new in Europe unfortunately. But I am really happy with what I have. Those mics do the work just fine
Old 17th February 2022 | Show parent
  #1221
Gear Guru
 
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IMHO both Bock 251 and the upcoming Heiserman 251 style...
Are both somewhat superior, to the T-Funk.
Chris
Old 17th February 2022
  #1222
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2 Reviews written
🎧 10 years
It's been a while since I took inventory...a few have gone to new homes and a few new ones have come to to live with me for a while. But one thing I've learned by working with, buying, and selling mics for 50 years years is that I can easily get everything done with a good LDC tube & LDC FET (both multi patterned), an SDC pair, Short shotgun, Ribbon, and a good Dynamic.
Old 20th February 2022
  #1223
Here for the gear
 
🎧 5 years
- Aea KU5a
- Austrian Audio Oc818 (Stereo Set)
- Shure Sm7b
- Samar Vl37
- Sm58

—————————————————
Want to buy in the Future:
Samar Al95 (Stereo) or another Vl37
Gefell M930 (Stereo)
A SDC Stereo Pair which I didn’t decided yet
Old 12th March 2022 | Show parent
  #1224
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Quote:
Originally Posted by aevang ➡️
Mojave MA-201. I compared this to an advanced audio cm-87 and the Mojave had this lovely, subtle lift in the midrange, right where the vocal sits in comparison. It sounds so smooth, present, and clear. Zero harshness. It’s the last mic I will ever sell.
I have Mojave MA-301 for around a week and did some vocal and classical guitar with it. Compared to my AT4050 on vocal it is so so. Yes, it is not harsh but It also has not much of a body to it. For my Aria class gtr it worked fine adding extra highs, good for pop song. I wish it also had higher output as I had to crank it up quite considerably compared to my super neutral sounding AT3031.
Anyways I arranged with the store to exchange MA-301 for WA-251. Will see how WA-251 sounds on vocal and other things.
Old 13th March 2022 | Show parent
  #1225
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slava A ➡️
I have Mojave MA-301 for around a week and did some vocal and classical guitar with it. Compared to my AT4050 on vocal it is so so. Yes, it is not harsh but It also has not much of a body to it. For my Aria class gtr it worked fine adding extra highs, good for pop song. I wish it also had higher output as I had to crank it up quite considerably compared to my super neutral sounding AT3031.
Anyways I arranged with the store to exchange MA-301 for WA-251. Will see how WA-251 sounds on vocal and other things.
If they can do a refund, I saw a shootout on YouTube with an engineer comparing vintage 251s with the WA-251 and the Microphone-Parts 251 style mic. They preferred the MP to the the WA-251.
Old 13th March 2022 | Show parent
  #1226
Quote:
Originally Posted by johnzo ➡️
WA47jr
MXL 5000
AKG D1000E
BETA57
MXL R80
SE 8 omni stereo
Line Audio CM4 stereo

I enjoy all of these mics for vocals, strings, horns, and electric guitar.

I'd say the SDCs are the most useful overall. The WA47jr is great with certain instruments too. The 57 and MXLs get the least use, especially the 5000, which is a decent not too bright LDC. Very similar to a TLM103. Will probably sell it and pick up more SDCs as I really need a hypercardiod AT4053.

The one I would buy more of is the CM4.

AT4053, KSM141, cardiod caps for SE8 are next purchases.
The Oktava MK-012s are pretty good if you buy new. I prefer them to the AT4053b based on sound. The AT4035b has the advantage when it comes to handling noise.
Old 13th March 2022 | Show parent
  #1227
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Dohreetoh ➡️
If they can do a refund, I saw a shootout on YouTube with an engineer comparing vintage 251s with the WA-251 and the Microphone-Parts 251 style mic. They preferred the MP to the the WA-251.
I actually got WA-251 today. Shock mount is too flimsy for that $1200 Cdn heavy mic. Going to return it tomorrow. It's a hazard to keep. Soundwise, I checked it against my 25-year-old AT4050 and couldn't hear any difference no matter what I was listening on. Tube mic????. I have a very serious questions to Warm regarding their mics quality and very aggressive advertising. It doesn't help anybody.
I also have a pair of MK-012 and I love them on many things.
Old 13th March 2022 | Show parent
  #1228
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🎧 10 years
Quote:
Originally Posted by Slava A ➡️
I actually got WA-251 today. Shock mount is too flimsy for that $1200 Cdn heavy mic. Going to return it tomorrow. It's a hazard to keep. Soundwise, I checked it against my 25-year-old AT4050 and couldn't hear any difference no matter what I was listening on. Tube mic????. I have a very serious questions to Warm regarding their mics quality and very aggressive advertising. It doesn't help anybody.
I also have a pair of MK-012 and I love them on many things.
Warm's position in the market is weird to me, at this stage. While their tube mics are indeed affordable compared to the mics after which they're modeled, they're still not exactly cheap. I'd way rather take $1200 and put it toward an FET Gefell, Austrian, or Beyerdynamic mic than a tube Warm. When you get to that price point, you get some genuinely top-quality choices, just maybe not with an EF86 inside. But the tube doesn't make the sound, it's the sum of its parts, and I'd bet good money on the Austrian 818 being better than the Warm 251 overall, despite the lack of a tube (or transformer).

I think it's also telling that in many of my favorite studios I'll see your other mics, the 4050 and 012, being used alongside the highest-end LDCs in the world without anyone batting an eyelash. They're just good mics, not "for the price."

That being said – good friends of mine make great recordings with Warm gear, I wish the company no harm and plenty of their products help good people make good music.
Old 13th March 2022 | Show parent
  #1229
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Originally Posted by Progger ➡️
Warm's position in the market is weird to me, at this stage. While their tube mics are indeed affordable compared to the mics after which they're modeled, they're still not exactly cheap. I'd way rather take $1200 and put it toward an FET Gefell, Austrian, or Beyerdynamic mic than a tube Warm. When you get to that price point, you get some genuinely top-quality choices, just maybe not with an EF86 inside. But the tube doesn't make the sound, it's the sum of its parts, and I'd bet good money on the Austrian 818 being better than the Warm 251 overall, despite the lack of a tube (or transformer).

I think it's also telling that in many of my favorite studios I'll see your other mics, the 4050 and 012, being used alongside the highest-end LDCs in the world without anyone batting an eyelash. They're just good mics, not "for the price."

That being said – good friends of mine make great recordings with Warm gear, I wish the company no harm and plenty of their products help good people make good music.
An engineer I saw on YouTube found the Microphone Parts 251 closer to the ELA M 251. I think they're something like $800 USD. The Advanced Audio CM251 is probably a safer bet too, and in the case of Mic Parts that's a capsule you can source yourself for $30. I don't like Warm's WA-14 either, but that's a combination of the sound, the fact that it lacks a hypercardioid pattern, and the price compared to something like a CAD M179 which is sort of the default budget 414 at this point, and the price of the WA-14 will get you a pair of M179s. Or you can always get a used C414 XLS or XLII. Advanced Audio's CM414 has similar issues but it looks like it's built solidly. They should really call them 412s, but I don't think a lot of people know of or want a C412, and I doubt anyone says, "Hey you know the C414 is great, but I really hate the hypercardioid pattern, I like my toms to bleed". Warm claims the WA14 is circuit accurate to the early C414 too
Old 14th March 2022 | Show parent
  #1230
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Progger ➡️
Warm's position in the market is weird to me, at this stage. While their tube mics are indeed affordable compared to the mics after which they're modeled, they're still not exactly cheap. I'd way rather take $1200 and put it toward an FET Gefell, Austrian, or Beyerdynamic mic than a tube Warm. When you get to that price point, you get some genuinely top-quality choices, just maybe not with an EF86 inside. But the tube doesn't make the sound, it's the sum of its parts, and I'd bet good money on the Austrian 818 being better than the Warm 251 overall, despite the lack of a tube (or transformer).

That being said – good friends of mine make great recordings with Warm gear, I wish the company no harm and plenty of their products help good people make good music.
Totally agree. If I pay good money I demand utmost respect
If I were much younger and just starting out I would probably go for OC818 and some dynamic or cheap SDC. Still can't understand WA84 being at par with my two decades old SM81 at $500.
I don't really care about the future of that company but many of my students have WA47jr in their home studios and like it and that is all that matters. I never advise them on the gear side of making music.
Today when I returned 251 I picked up AKG P220 (I like it's 300Hz low cut) for $180 Cdn and Avantone CK-6 for $200 Cdn. CK-6 actually sounds quite good. What's more important is that it is red and my wife said I need more colors in my sounds.
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