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Re: best male vocal mic under $1,000?

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:35 pm

Mackie did used to make everything in the US but it's been a few years since they were building most, if not all of their kit in the far east.

Chinese manufacture has come on a lot since the 'bad old days'. Not Mackie, obviously, but Uli Behringer wrote a good article relating the problems of Chinese manufacturing* and quality control on the run up to Behringer building their own manufacturing facility in China.

* I've tried to find a link to the blog post but can't as yet.
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Re: best male vocal mic under $1,000?

Postby Mike Stranks » Mon Nov 30, 2020 4:03 pm

As someone who habitually swims at the shallow-end, but through the kindness of someone here recently used a 'deeper end' mic, with all due respect to those who've suggested/endorsed it, there is no comparison between the Mackie jobbie and a c.$1000 dollar mainstream mic.

PW's review suggests a comparable mic to the Mackie is an AT2020, I am very familiar with these mics. There is a significant difference between a 2020 and the mic I was loaned.

If I had c.$1000 for a mic now I know what I know, I wouldn't be looking at the 2020/Mackie mic end of the pool - good value though those mics doubtless are for those on a budget.
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Re: best male vocal mic under $1,000?

Postby ef37a » Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:51 pm

Mike Stranks wrote:As someone who habitually swims at the shallow-end, but through the kindness of someone here recently used a 'deeper end' mic, with all due respect to those who've suggested/endorsed it, there is no comparison between the Mackie jobbie and a c.$1000 dollar mainstream mic.

PW's review suggests a comparable mic to the Mackie is an AT2020, I am very familiar with these mics. There is a significant difference between a 2020 and the mic I was loaned.

If I had c.$1000 for a mic now I know what I know, I wouldn't be looking at the 2020/Mackie mic end of the pool - good value though those mics doubtless are for those on a budget.

With all due respect Mike I suggested the EM 91c because son and I had used one and FOR THE PRICE it seemed silly NOT to suggest it and if the OP has "up to $1000 to spend he can surely afford to give one a try?

I shall never know HOW much better a $1000 mic is but I would love someone to do a blind (to us) recording, 70 quid v $1k!

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Re: best male vocal mic under $1,000?

Postby Arpangel » Mon Nov 30, 2020 7:22 pm

ef37a wrote:
Mike Stranks wrote:As someone who habitually swims at the shallow-end, but through the kindness of someone here recently used a 'deeper end' mic, with all due respect to those who've suggested/endorsed it, there is no comparison between the Mackie jobbie and a c.$1000 dollar mainstream mic.

PW's review suggests a comparable mic to the Mackie is an AT2020, I am very familiar with these mics. There is a significant difference between a 2020 and the mic I was loaned.

If I had c.$1000 for a mic now I know what I know, I wouldn't be looking at the 2020/Mackie mic end of the pool - good value though those mics doubtless are for those on a budget.

With all due respect Mike I suggested the EM 91c because son and I had used one and FOR THE PRICE it seemed silly NOT to suggest it and if the OP has "up to $1000 to spend he can surely afford to give one a try?

I shall never know HOW much better a $1000 mic is but I would love someone to do a blind (to us) recording, 70 quid v $1k!

Dave.

Somehow I don’t think we’d be surprised Dave.....I’m not saying anymore.

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Re: best male vocal mic under $1,000?

Postby ef37a » Mon Nov 30, 2020 10:37 pm

Arpangel wrote:
ef37a wrote:
Mike Stranks wrote:As someone who habitually swims at the shallow-end, but through the kindness of someone here recently used a 'deeper end' mic, with all due respect to those who've suggested/endorsed it, there is no comparison between the Mackie jobbie and a c.$1000 dollar mainstream mic.

PW's review suggests a comparable mic to the Mackie is an AT2020, I am very familiar with these mics. There is a significant difference between a 2020 and the mic I was loaned.

If I had c.$1000 for a mic now I know what I know, I wouldn't be looking at the 2020/Mackie mic end of the pool - good value though those mics doubtless are for those on a budget.

With all due respect Mike I suggested the EM 91c because son and I had used one and FOR THE PRICE it seemed silly NOT to suggest it and if the OP has "up to $1000 to spend he can surely afford to give one a try?

I shall never know HOW much better a $1000 mic is but I would love someone to do a blind (to us) recording, 70 quid v $1k!

Dave.

Somehow I don’t think we’d be surprised Dave.....I’m not saying anymore.

:? :)

Who wouldn't? All a bit "clicky,nod,nod.wink,wink" for me.

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