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Re: Thinking of getting a new mic, can anyone give me info on mics?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:10 am

For anyone starting out its always best, IMO, to start with a foundation of solid, accurate key facts.... And with that basic appreciation of the technologies involved it's then easy to predict the characteristics of each type of mic, and their inherent pros and cons.
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Re: Thinking of getting a new mic, can anyone give me info on mics?

Postby Kwackman » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:11 am

bill555 wrote:IMO things that someone just starting to learn about mics doesn't really need to get tangled up in, nor is the rest of what you said.

I see your point, but I'm not sure I agree!

In a world where opinion trumps facts, what The Doctor posted is a pretty good primer about microphones, well written (I understood it!) and in a few short paragraphs.
I believe it would be useful to a beginner if they wanted a factual background to their new hobby.
Also, anyone finding this thread on a google search might find this useful.

I'm not saying the advice or options you gave to the OP isn't very useful, it is, and contributions from people like yourself make this forum helpful to others. But a "microphone 101"tech introduction should add to the OP's knowledge to help them make his/her choices.
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Re: Thinking of getting a new mic, can anyone give me info on mics?

Postby ef37a » Sun Sep 13, 2020 9:53 am

From my very limited experience but a lot of reading, SOS magazine and forums you really cannot go wrong with the 'usual fare' of capacitor microphones?

Brands such as Rode, SE, Sontronics all make products in the £200+ range that will get the job done. There is the often repeated statement that some mics suit some voice types and not others but a trawl through SOS reviews should enable a bod to 'marry up' voice to kic brand. There are of course the high priced exotics from Neumann etc and I guess it would be hard to make a really bad recording with those but I doubt OP is looking at that price bracket?

The OP has stated his mixer is not the quietest of devices but he wants to work that way and so that rules out passive dynamics except for guitar cabs perhaps (and then get a 15 quid Behringer 8500!) . LDCs are the 'fashion' but I doubt he could go wrong with a pair of Rode M5s?

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Postby Arpangel » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:02 am

ef37a wrote:LDCs are the 'fashion' but I doubt he could go wrong with a pair of Rode M5s?

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Absolutely, I’m getting a pair of M5's, be interesting to see how they compare with my MKH's, never, in the field of microphone use, has there ever been so many microphones used by one person to record so little.....me. :) Lockdown madness.
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Re: Thinking of getting a new mic, can anyone give me info on mics?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:18 am

Arpangel wrote:Absolutely, I’m getting a pair of M5's...

From previous conversations, I think you mean TF-5s, Tony. Same company, very different mic! :-)

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/rode-tf-5

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/rode-m5
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Postby ef37a » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:26 am

Hugh Robjohns wrote:
Arpangel wrote:Absolutely, I’m getting a pair of M5's...

From previous conversations, I think you mean TF-5s, Tony. Same company, very different mic! :-)

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/rode-tf-5

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/rode-m5

To be fair to Tony, I think I meant the TF5 as well Hugh! I knew I was thinking of a Rode SDC you had recently been very positive about but thought it was the M5. Now I see the price of the TFs I doubt the OP will be going for those? Mind you, their 'hotness' would be a handy counter to the mixer noise!

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Postby Arpangel » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:41 am

Hugh Robjohns wrote:
Arpangel wrote:Absolutely, I’m getting a pair of M5's...

From previous conversations, I think you mean TF-5s, Tony. Same company, very different mic! :-)

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/rode-tf-5

https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/rode-m5

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Postby Mike Stranks » Sun Sep 13, 2020 11:56 am

All that said, if one is on a tight budget, the M5 is not to be sniffed at. Paul White's review linked in Hugh's post is pretty positive.

I have a pair m'self, but have never given them an extensive road-test.
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