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Alternative to Rode NT55's

Postby DAGGILARR » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:33 am

I have a matched pair of NT55's which I got to record acoustic guitar. I picked them based mostly on the positive comments they received on this forum and I have not been disappointed, however, I do not have a 'great room' and I do not use them that often and I get the feeling that I am not really getting the best out of them.

I may well get very acceptable results from a less costly alternative (times are hard) so I would really appreciate some suggestions I have considered SE1a's and MXL 603's.

The vague plan is to pick one or two models and then look out on the bay or readers adds until a bargain surfaces grab it then sell the the NT55's which are mint and still have about 9 of the 10 year warranty to run. My next question is what should I ask for the Rodes.

I also wonder if anyone wants to upgrade maybe we can work something out
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Re: Alternative to Rode NT55's

Postby The Elf » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:43 am

I have a matched pair of MXL603s to which I have also added omni caps. I really like them, but I'm happier yet with my NT55s. I can always do with another pair of NT55s here and I'm sure we can work something out. PM me if you're interested.
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Re: Alternative to Rode NT55's

Postby Mike Stranks » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:20 am

I have a CAD GXL1200 with which I'm very pleased; did have a pair, but one went u/s on me ('twas an EBay second-user job). The self-noise is very respectable and, as I understand it, they're fairly similar to the MXL 603.

Also have a look at the Superlux S241; it's had some very positive comments over at "the other place".

If size isn't a factor you might want to consider a Rode M3 - very positive review by Hugh when it first came out.

I couldn't get on with the SE1A m'self, but don't read too much into that....

Oh; and if you decide to sell your NT55s AND they don't go to The Elf....
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Re: Alternative to Rode NT55's

Postby DAGGILARR » Mon Sep 17, 2012 4:45 pm

I will keep you posted Mike, thanks for the info.
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Re: Alternative to Rode NT55's

Postby didier.brest » Thu Oct 04, 2012 9:39 pm

The Line Audio CM3 is about twice cheaper and a much better mic than the NT55 (which I assume being soundwise identical to the NT5).

Shoot-out Rode NT5, Oktava MK-012, Line Audio CM3 and Schoeps MK21 on grand piano here.
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Re: Alternative to Rode NT55's

Postby ConcertinaChap » Thu Oct 04, 2012 10:12 pm

I've always like the Sontronics STC-1 mics and think they're good mics at a good price, though in fairness I usually pick up the NT5's first.

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Re: Alternative to Rode NT55's

Postby DAGGILARR » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:21 pm

Mike the NT55's may be for sale if I can get a buyer quickly, let me know if you are interested the mics I am after may go soon
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Re: Alternative to Rode NT55's

Postby Stuarto » Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:27 am

I use a Neumann KMS 105 super-cardoid live vocal mic to record instruments in a poor-sounding room. Rode M2 and S1 models look like they offer the same kind of enhanced off-axis rejection for less money.
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Re: Alternative to Rode NT55's

Postby DAGGILARR » Tue Dec 04, 2012 4:49 pm

Just an update on the fate of my NT55's, they are now listed in readers ads
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