Putting that into proper terms that's about just over 7 inches from the mic! That's quite close in terms of my use of mics, where I'm usually two - six feet away (i.e. 2/3 of a metre to 2 metres ...)
I put the files into Reaper and compared them on seperate tracks, both through a pair of Fostex speakers and a good pair of Beyerdynamic headphones (DT 250). I've yet to put the files through my very good hi-fi speakers (Quads). I might also try them with Pro-Tools.
I find these tests hard because I need to hear the mics on piano and stringed instruments to really judge. (For me, that is). I'm hopeless with guitars. But having said that, I marginally preffered the guitar01 example.
The other vocal samples were hard too. I like the AKG (as I usually do) the best, but the Sennheiser MK4 was pretty close, and just about as good as the Neumann mics, in my opinion. I think there is quite a difference in price as the AKG mic is well over £750 - more than twice the MK4, and the TLM 103 is about £859. I can't find TLM 193 prices.
I was wondering how you recorded. Was it live or a recording in some cases of a recording of a recording? I imagine and it felt like the voice recordings were live maybe except for the female voice.
Once you get into the price bracket of around £250 + it gets harder to find obvious differences with mics. Well, I find that anyway.
Thanks for the prompt and very detailed tests - not something some of us can easily undertake.
Edited by Ariosto (26/04/11 10:26 AM)