I’m looking to add a few affordable multi pattern LDC’s for both recording and live choirs/classical ensembles. I have a pair of Rode NT55’s but prefer the results I get using LDC’s.
At the moment I’m using three Audio Technica AT4040’s and these work extremely well when I just need cardioid patterns. However, there are occasions where I would like different polar patterns depending on the project.
I’ve had a quick look around and the following options are of particular interest
SE Electronics SE2300
Warm Audio WA-47jr
Lewitt LCT441 flex (slightly over budget)
Ideally I would like something with even higher output and lower self noise.
Has anyone had experience with any of these mics and the Audio Technica AT4040’s?
What would you recommend?
This does not really answer your questions as you want mic's that have varied polar patterns and high output, but I find LDC mic's rather disappointing in general. (There are probably expensive LDC's that are OK but I have no experience of these).
I find I like dynamic mics - including ribbons, for their sound. To my ear most reasonable priced LDC mics have hyped high frequencies and in some cases can also be unreliable if any moisture occurs on the diaphragm. For these reasons I am unlikely to ever purchase another LDC mic. The best mic's I have for spoken voice, vocal and instrumental are dynamics and especially ribbon mic's, although SDC's can be great (such as DPA) and are much more reliable. I prefer also omni mics but of course room sound can spoil recordings.
I dare say there are LDC's out there which may be reasonably good or excellent but priced at well over £1,000 for a single mic, and in some cases three or four times more expensive.
Higher output gain can be achieved with a good pre-amp or even the in line boosters which would provide your needs and allow decent sounding mid priced mics to be used. (But of course a decent pre would cost in the region of £400-£500, which may be outside your budget).