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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby andyv » Tue Sep 11, 2018 10:57 am

Hi all,

I am pleasantly surprised by everyone's feedback, this will get me a long way!

Thanks to all of you, I really appreciate this.

Cheers,

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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby ConcertinaChap » Tue Sep 11, 2018 11:20 am

Just wanted to add a note about how I acquired my mics, which might be relevant to the OP. With a few exceptions (notably the Gemini) all my mics are either second hand or B stock. In my experience this is actually pretty safe - I think most people know to look after mics and do do so. By buying second hand I can try a mic out over a period and if I don't like it or have no major use for it I can sell it again for about what I paid. In this way over years I have built up my current collection which I feel comfortable with and which is not likely to change much now. I'd recommend this as an approach.

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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby jaminem » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:06 pm

Ok, i'll have a go:

Shure SM7b - Vocals, bass cabs, sometimes guitar cabs
SM57 - Guitar Cabs
Granelli G5790 (right angled SM57) - Snare
Rode NT55 - Hats, Acoustic Guitar (with Omni Cap)
Oktava MK012 - Overheads, or any stereo miking (pref Omni caps again)
Blue Kiwi - Vocals and Mid Side stuff and rooms
Sennheiser MD421 - Guitar Cabs, Toms
Beyer Soundstar X1 - not tried yet, impulse purchase
Audix D6- Toms
Beyer M201 - snare, guitar cabs
Advanced Audio U47 fet clone - Vocals, Bass cabs, Kick outside
Beyer M88 - Kick inside, bass cabs
Sontronics DM1-b - Kick, bass cabs
Sontronics Sigma - Guitar cabs
AT4033 - vocals, guitar cabs/utility stuff
Telefunken D-11B - when I want something to sound crap on purpose
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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby jaminem » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:22 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:Just wanted to add a note about how I acquired my mics, which might be relevant to the OP. With a few exceptions (notably the Gemini) all my mics are either second hand or B stock. In my experience this is actually pretty safe - I think most people know to look after mics and do do so. By buying second hand I can try a mic out over a period and if I don't like it or have no major use for it I can sell it again for about what I paid. In this way over years I have built up my current collection which I feel comfortable with and which is not likely to change much now. I'd recommend this as an approach.

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What he said - lots of mics purchased used from auctions, ebay etc...
Dynamics especially are bomb proof...
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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby ConcertinaChap » Tue Sep 11, 2018 12:50 pm

jaminem wrote:Dynamics especially are bomb proof...

One caveat. There's an awful lot of fake SM58's out there.

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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby blinddrew » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:14 pm

I was just going to add that! :)

Just for fun, here's how the other half live:
In decreasing order of purchase price :)
Shure Beta 87A - my main live mic. Doesn't seem to get much love round here but I like how it works with my voice. Think it was the princely sum of about £200 when I bought it.
Sub Zero valve mic - my go to vocal recording mic.
Xaudia ribbon mic - from the same people behind the Extinct Audio ribbons reviewed a couple of months ago. Really nice on guitar cabs and pretty good for female vocals too.
Gear4Music 7 piece drum mic set - kick mic, 4 other dynamics and two SDCs. Doesn't get much more cheap and cheerful.
sE2200 - my first proper mic (cheap second hand)
Studiospares S1200 (x2) - cheap SDC with omni, cardiod and hypercardiod capsules.
Kustom dynamic mics (x2) - came with a PA, keep them as back ups for live really.
AKG D5 - got it free in a songwriting competition :) Whisper it, but I prefer it to an SM58.
Realistik (Tandy) pzm plate microphone (x2) - given by a band mate years ago. Keep meaning to get around to adapting them for phantom power but I'll need to get them back from that piano player first. Ok, these were cheaper and cheefuller. :D

Funnily enough, the top three get the most usage.
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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby Wonks » Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:45 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:
jaminem wrote:Dynamics especially are bomb proof...

One caveat. There's an awful lot of fake SM58's out there.

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And fake SM57s,
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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby John Willett » Tue Sep 11, 2018 4:21 pm

Wonks wrote:
ConcertinaChap wrote:
jaminem wrote:Dynamics especially are bomb proof...

One caveat. There's an awful lot of fake SM58's out there.

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And fake SM57s,

And fake Sennheiser evolution series ... and both Shure and Sennheiser radiomics.

I have even seen people faking an old Gefell M692/UM70 mic. :madas:
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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby Bob Bickerton » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:08 am

I'm resisting the temptation to put up a long list of microphones....

This may have been covered, but just to pull back and talk about what 'sort' go mics you'd need might be useful.

A range of vocal mics is useful because it's important, in my opinion, to match the mic to the voice, so the sort of range I'd look for is:

Something with 'air' - my pick Beyerdynamic MC740

Something with 'cut' - my pick Neumann U87

Something 'neutral' - my pick Neumann TLM193

Something that can be 'abused' - my pick Shure SM7b

Then I'd need a small diaphragm condenser stereo pair, either cardioid, or multi pattern:

Budget end Rode NT55 - my pick MKH 8040/8050/8020

I'd then want something for mono miking individual acoustic instruments, for which I'd use the TLM193 or MKH range.

I'd look to having at least one good dynamic, which for me would be the Beyer M201 over the SM57, which also doubles up as a reasonable voiceover mic.

If you're recording drums, you may wish to a range of tom mics to add to the above - I use Audix D2/D4, and then a kick mic, Sennehiser e602 or e902.

Maybe then a nice ribbon. I have a Naked Eye, but if buying today would go for an AEA Nuvo N8.

Of course, these mics are only worth considering once you've sorted out your room acoustics.

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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby forumuser653351 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:29 am

My personal choice of mics are as follows:
Neumann TLM 102
Lewitt LCT 441 Flex
These seem to be of similar quality and they sound a bit different so I feel that between them I can cover a wide variety of sources - what doesn’t work on one, works on the other. I wish I could have afforded better LDCs but they give a good performance and I like them (until I listen to more expensive mics).

MBHO with diffuse omni capsules - matched pair. Really nice open sounding mics that I got for recording classical music.
Sontronics STC-1S - matched pair. Good for overheads and a general purpose SDC (yes KM 184s would be so much better!)
Line Audio CM3 (wide cardioid) - matched pair. Very very good for the money

XAudia XM10 ribbon mic. I do love ribbon mics and this is one area I want to upgrade and expand, the XAudia is nice but a bit noisy for anything critical and exposed.

Sennheiser 902 kick mic. Not used this yet but it was on special offer!

Audix i5. I find the Audix i5 to be nicer for my ears that the SM57.

I have tried to buy the best I can afford, I’m sure that as and when I can afford it I will update my mics but I hope that the ones I have chosen will still be useful and used. As has already been mentioned by others mics are a long term investment and it’s worth getting the best you can afford.

I think most people would agree that a U87 is a studio standard (although I can’t help feeling that other mics of a similar sort are equally as good and a certain amount of the popularity is down to the name and the fact that everyone uses them - a topic for another time when I am feeling brave to open it up, oh, I just have!). Then a pair of quality SDCs, such as KM184. Then it’s down to what you intend to record and making sure you have mics to cover your needs. Bob's comments above are excellent as usual.

Great question and responses all round, good luck with the studio :)
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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby James Perrett » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:25 pm

forumuser653351 wrote:I think most people would agree that a U87 is a studio standard (although I can’t help feeling that other mics of a similar sort are equally as good and a certain amount of the popularity is down to the name and the fact that everyone uses them - a topic for another time when I am feeling brave to open it up, oh, I just have!).

Do a search on previous posts from people like myself and The Elf regarding the U87. There's a good reason for it being a studio standard...
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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby forumuser653351 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 2:47 pm

James Perrett wrote:
forumuser653351 wrote:I think most people would agree that a U87 is a studio standard (although I can’t help feeling that other mics of a similar sort are equally as good and a certain amount of the popularity is down to the name and the fact that everyone uses them - a topic for another time when I am feeling brave to open it up, oh, I just have!).

Do a search on previous posts from people like myself and The Elf regarding the U87. There's a good reason for it being a studio standard...

I knew I shouldn’t have said anything!

Just to clarify my U87 comment. I love the U87, I’ve used it a lot and it is a brilliant mic. If I could afford it I would buy one. I just feel that there are other mics that are equally as good but the U87 seems to steal the headlights. Also it could be said that the U87 gives a certain sound to the recording, which is fantastic and justifiable a standard. This is great and can be used to ones advantage, however, I also feel it’s interesting to expand the sound palette by using non standard and less familiar sounds. If everything sounded similar it’s arguable not so interesting (but makes good commercial sense). e.g. why should we use a SM57 on a snare just because it's the sound of a rock snare - let's not get stuck into thinking that only one sound is right. Of course it all comes down to using the right mic for the source and to achieve the sound you want to achieve.

Yes The Elf uses the U87 and I respect him greatly (and the mic and others who use it).

No offence was meant towards the U87 or those you use it. I reiterate, I love the U87, I just don’t want to be limited by a standard, no matter how good it is. This is just my opinion as it is now, and is neither right nor wrong :)
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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby Wonks » Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:24 pm

I doubt that anyone who uses one would argue with you or would use it exclusively for everything and everyone, or fail to have a number of other mics around to try out and then use the best one for the job.
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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby ore_terra » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:00 pm

I also think that no matter how “standard” a mic, I dont see how you can consider it always gives the same sound when it’s used with completely different voices or instrument each time, different gear and mixed with different ears ;-)
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Re: Must have microphones?

Postby forumuser653351 » Thu Sep 13, 2018 4:37 pm

ore_terra wrote:I also think that no matter how “standard” a mic, I dont see how you can consider it always gives the same sound when it’s used with completely different voices or instrument each time, different gear and mixed with different ears ;-)

Hi Ore Terra

If your post is related to my previous comment, please may I clarify, I did not say ‘always gives the same sound,’ I said ‘it could be said that it gives a certain sound’ - so not quite so definitive and I was referring to what could be perceived to be the inherit sound of the mic. Of course you are completely right, the same mic on different sources, gear, and ears will sound different - I apologise if I seemed to be suggesting other wise.

Thank you for your perspective :)

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