Budget overall Mic Suggestions

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by mthao00, Dec 14, 2007.

  1. mthao00 macrumors member

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    I need a mic that will perform well in a situations - voice and instruments (acoustic guitars, amps) and for a price range of $300-$500

    Options (probably search for lowest price - used or new):

    1. Shure KSM32
    2. Blue Bluebird
    3. AT 4047
    4. AT 4050

    Best bang for the buck. Suggestions? Thanks, mT :apple:
     
  2. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    I'm a fan of the ksm32, but I haven't tried those AT's. I like the 4040, but not as much as the ksm32. Fwiw.
     
  3. Tarkovsky macrumors 6502

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    My AT 4050 is a very nice mic IMO. Its clear and has well defined highs. I consider it akin to a reputable but fairly priced sparking white wine, airy, perhaps lacking a little in character but certainly cutting. It has none of the body of a red - like a neumann TLM 103 (which I've actually never heard this is just how it's been described to me). I think it's pretty flexible in its uses. I got it second hand for £150.
     
  4. steelphantom macrumors 6502a

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    If you can, go to a Guitar Center or some other music store and try out the mics you listed (as well as some other ones, too!). Out of those listed, I've only heard the AT-4050, and it's a very nice general-purpose mic. It's a little above your budget, though, at around $600 new.
     
  5. Gallick macrumors member

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    If you want to shell out a wee bit more ($600 range), the AKG C414 is bloody awesome. It sounds great on vocals, acoustic guitar, guitar amps, strings, horns, and a whole lot more. Really clear, defined highs and smooth, deep lows. It's got multiple polar patterns, a 6dB-18dB pad and a high pass filter at 0, 40, 80 or 160Hz.

    Super versatile, and if you want to spend a little more, you can get a microphone that you can use in a massive variety of situations.
     
  6. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    You really should look at the Sontronics line and SE mics as well.

    They are very good budget mics.
     
  7. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    which 414 are you talking about?
     
  8. mthao00 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the replies everyone. How about the Mojave MA-200? I know it's not a "budget" overall microphone but I've been reading and hearing great things about it.

    mT :apple:
     
  9. Gallick macrumors member

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    I'm pretty sure the ones I have used are C414EB-P48s.
     
  10. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry to piggyback on OP's thread but I'm also looking for a microphone, entry level price/performance. I'm looking into developing a personal podcast of little to no importance to the masses. I've looked at Sonnan (sp?) AKGs, etc through eBay with the budget of $100-$150 in mind.

    Can I get some recommendations for this? Thank you.
     

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