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Old 2 weeks ago
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"Flavor-pairing" question

Something on my mind recently has been the suitability (or not) for some microphones from one manufacturer to integrate well with those of another manufacturer. In the context of classical/acoustic recording, I'd be curious to hear what the community feels are some of their favorite "pairings". Undoubtedly a multitude of variables make it nearly impossible to make definitive generalistic statements but nevertheless, for those who feel that (for example) their Sonodore mics pair especially well with Schoeps, or Neumann with Pearl spots etc. etc. -- I'd be curious to hear this, and why.

To be extra clear: the question here is not "which brand is best/preferred" but rather, given two "primary colors" (manufacturers) to work with, what are some of the best/preferred blends for your taste?

Thanks and hope this may evolve into an interesting discussion.
Old 2 weeks ago
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My first grouping of mic's is Condenser, Ribbon, Moving coil. I like using all three at once when practical.

That goes one step further: LDC, LDC Tube, SDC, SDC Tube, Moving coil large, Moving coil small, Ribbon long, Ribbon short.

For manufacture color, I only think that way in a few cases. For example, most EV Moving coils have a similar tone to them.

Neumann is good for a classic orchestra. Picks up the full spectrum with class.
Sony is good for a Japan Opera. Captures metallic twang well.

Most of the time I think about this mic by mic. Each mic has a sound.

However I do agree each MFG has a sound to them. Each mic is a stronger shift than one brand to another (Assuming the same quality/price level)
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i'm using mics from several manufacturers on most any job simply because:
- no manufacturer offers the entire range of mics with features which i want
- the costs for uniformity (replacing mics which i already own with mostly similar mics from another manufacturer) would be prohibitive besides being pointless
- using a multitude of identical mics ime can lead to a build-up of idiosyncrasies which cannot get cured by any technical means...

since i don't live too far from several excellent manufacturers, my collection of mics consists for the most part of mics from these manufacturers (schoeps, neumann/sennheiser, akg, austrian audio, beyer, gefell) and only a few from overseas (audio technica, ev, sanken, shure, t-funk).

oh, and i don't go by 'sound' but by functional aspects/specs...

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Quote:
Originally Posted by deedeeyeah ➡️

oh, and i don't go by 'sound' but by functional aspects/specs...
This!

D.
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Josephson C700S
with matched pair of C617SETs
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Need life be so complicated?
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Originally Posted by Geoff Poulton ➡️
Need life be so complicated?
Nope.

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