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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / NMD...New Microphone Day

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Too Much GAS
Jun 11th, 2016 07:23 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just ordered a new AKG C414 XLII microphone off Ebay. I have always wanted one of those but, there was usually something else I thought I needed more when I had the money.

I almost ordered a Royer R121 ribbon mic but, decided that the AKG would be better for me at this point. I already have a pretty darn good selection of mics for recording guitar amps with. I have some Shure SM57's and a pair of Senheiser MD421's for that. The Royer would have been a great addition to those but, I feel that another, different, vocal, mic would get used more. I can usually get the guitar sound I want using the Eleven Rack and going direct so recording a live amp isn't as much of a concern for me.

The C414 in addition to the Neumann U89, I already have, will be 2 great choices for vocal mics as well as whatever else I would need a large diaphragm condenser mic for.

I thought about ordering a matched pair of the AKG's but, I don't think I really need 2 of them right now. I have a matched pair of Neumann KM184's if I need stereo condensers for room mics, or whatever. If I decide, later, that I need a pair of C414's I can always sell the one I have and buy a matched pair of them then, or, just add another one to the inventory. I'm not sure I could hear the difference between 2 different mics or a stereo pair anyway. I suppose it depends upon the particular mics. My ears aren't what they used to be.

Juice Nichols
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Same ol **** but my hair's longer
Jun 11th, 2016 07:36 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's a great mike that has many uses. I've used them on all kinds of sources. Drum overheads, piano, guitar, all with great results. Love the multiple polar patterns too.


U.S. - Virginia

Jun 14th, 2016 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You can get a lot of use out of that mic. Good choice.

Honestly, I think the stereo matching is overrated anyway unless you are doing critical classical recording like the studio down the street here(Steinway and Son's label uses this studio for all their recordings)

I actually like a slight difference in mic's in stereo as I feel it widens the image somewhat. You can also mark one dark or bright or whatever the differences are. Then choose each one accordingly in stereo pairs. You may like one more for the bass strings on piano, or the hi hat side of a drum kit etc.

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