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What are your "holy grail" mics?
« on: August 03, 2018, 05:49:56 PM »
I cut my teeth on Neumann 140's and ultimately ditched them and moved on to a few different pairs of Schoeps. 

With that said, if I could get a clean pair of Neumann KM254's with capsules and AC701's in decent shape I would probably sell everything that I had.  I cannot imagine the cost of sourcing diaphragm re-sputtering or a white box mic-grade AC701's but with the amount of acoustic music that I have recorded these are my holy grail.

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2018, 06:05:43 PM »
I haven't found them yet  :(

I love the high end and midrange of my AT4031s (yeah they're cheap, don't laugh), but I feel like they could use a bit of help in the low end.  Also, they're obviously not available in an "active" style setup.  My ideal mics would probably have the midrange and high end clarity of the AT4031s, a bit more oomph in the bass, and be in a small form factor like the Schoeps Colette caps (but without needing to rely on third party components to achieve that form factor).  Something like the form factor of the Line Audio CM3 would be perfect (no need for special adapter cables, just plug in a couple XLRs and run it).  Even smaller than that would be better, of course.

If something that fits this bill exists, I'd love to hear about it!
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2018, 06:48:37 PM »
original km 84i's or u87's, 89's but I will never ever run LD's after having an active setup.  had the ak40's for 11 years now so I'm pretty stuck in my ways.  just wish the ak50's were to my liking for hypers.......
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2018, 06:56:37 PM »
that said I really am digging the m20 active setup but Jbell has them and no need for us to run identical rigs when we tape together.  maybe I'll buy his when he goes back to the darkside! >:D
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2018, 07:03:18 PM »
Neumann KM254's


not familiar with those but man I love the JGB shows with the km 54's!  have a really nice Cowboy Junkies as well done with those and the original grace 316 pre

https://archive.org/details/cj1994-04-14.km54.flac16
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2018, 07:46:43 PM »
Neumann KM254's


not familiar with those but man I love the JGB shows with the km 54's!  have a really nice Cowboy Junkies as well done with those and the original grace 316 pre

https://archive.org/details/cj1994-04-14.km54.flac16

Those KM54's were Chuck's.  Last time I saw him taping the Radiators in SF he was still using them.  They had the finish worn off of them and he told me it was because he used to hold them in his armpits to record all of those JGB shows.   :crazy:

The KM254's were used by Sandy Alexander for quite a while.  You could just search his name on the LMA.  I am pretty sure that Burgin got Sandy's mics from Stella.  Hopefully he is using them.

Here is a good start: 
https://archive.org/details/sci1999-03-20.km254.shnf, or
https://archive.org/details/ymsb1999-10-02.shnf

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2018, 11:47:33 PM »
rigpimp, the original capsules for the KM 54 and 254 were made with nickel-foil diaphragms. By the time Neumann discontinued the KM 50 series at the end of the 1960s, they had already introduced their "linear admittance" K 64 capsule, which has been their stock in trade ever since; it was used in the KM 64 and U 64 (both from 1964), then the KM 74, KM 84, KM 140, KM 184, and finally the KK 184 of the current KM A/KM D series. This capsule type featured a new, grooved backplate design that greatly improved its off-axis linearity--and as with all but one of Neumann's microphone models from the late 1950s until 2000, it used a gold-sputtered Mylar membrane. (I'm attaching the page from Gotham Audio's brochure about the U 64 that lauds this new capsule.)

I mention this because your microphones don't have original K 54 capsules, but rather this latter type of capsule, attached via a retrofit kit ("KA 32/3-54") that Neumann offered once they ran out of the original type. The KM 54 was Neumann's first microphone to sell in the tens of thousands, and since nickel foil is very delicate, K 54 capsules needed replacing rather frequently. A strong gust of wind, or some bozo blowing into the mike to see whether it was "on" or not, could destroy them. Once Neumann stopped making those capsules, they soon ran out of them as replacement parts, but there were still many, many KM 54s in the field. So they came up with a kit that allowed a K 64 to be grafted onto KM 54 (and 254) microphones. The result is what you show in your photo. Most KM 54 and 254 microphones that you see on eBay also have this kit installed. For comparison, I'm also attaching a photo of a stock KM 54; it doesn't have the large, "RF-proof" Tuchel connector of the 254, but it has the original capsule head.

Since with this type of microphone the capsule determines far more of the sound quality and other acoustical properties (e.g. polar response) than its electronics do, your microphones are sonically much closer to the KM 64 (which was also AC 701k-based) and KM 84 than they would be to a KM 54 or 254 that has an original capsule. Again for comparison, attached are the response curves of the KM 54/254 with its original capsule; the on-axis high-frequency response rises quite a bit more, and the polar diagrams aren't as uniform across the frequency range.

--best regards

P.S.: Re-reading the U 64 text after a number of years, I see that Stephen Temmer (obviously the author--his pomposity is unmistakable) missed a few things, and not just the spelling of "synonymous". Number one, the acoustical delay ("phase shift") is not directly behind the membrane assembly; rather, it is situated behind the capacitive backplate of the capsule. Number two, a pure cosine function would yield a figure-8 pattern! Cardioid response is defined by (1 + cos theta) / 2 -- expressing the fact that a cardioid is the superposition of one-half omni (= 1, since the response is unity regardless of the arrival angle) and one-half figure-8 (= cos theta). -- Mr. Temmer was extremely picky and contentious, often writing letters to the editors of various audio publications to dispute points which were at times quite minor. I'm sure he would be appalled at getting called out like this, but tough luck, Mr. T.
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2018, 07:55:16 AM »
I have always wanted an AKG C422 and the like

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #8 on: August 04, 2018, 09:02:39 AM »
Neumann KM254's


not familiar with those but man I love the JGB shows with the km 54's!  have a really nice Cowboy Junkies as well done with those and the original grace 316 pre

https://archive.org/details/cj1994-04-14.km54.flac16

And the Grace 316  :o

The SKB KM254 is one of my favorite "sounding" Kimock recordings, but I wonder about the dispute whether the mics were onstage or not.

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #9 on: August 04, 2018, 09:53:36 AM »
I doubt I'll ever return!!  Any large show I would attend there will be 15 sets of Schoeps anyways.  Nice to bring a different flavor.  There aren't a lot of people running the M20's

that said I really am digging the m20 active setup but Jbell has them and no need for us to run identical rigs when we tape together.  maybe I'll buy his when he goes back to the darkside! >:D
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2018, 11:25:36 AM »
Km84s.  Have one and would love at least another.  Have representatives of most of the other SD mic food groups (Gefell, Sennheiser, Schoeps).  LD mics are another story, but are less used for taper purposes.  Of course, one can never have enough mics.
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #11 on: August 04, 2018, 12:58:00 PM »
DPA 4022 will always be first for me. Only switched to Schoeps because the DPA actives can't  hold up to regular handling, not to mention 😈 Wear and tear. I've found the Schoeps nbob cabling to be far sturdier so far. Had to have DPA active shorts repaired five times then a capsule died.
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #12 on: August 04, 2018, 01:33:29 PM »
rigpimp, the original capsules for the KM 54 and 254 were made with nickel-foil diaphragms. By the time Neumann discontinued the KM 50 series at the end of the 1960s, they had already introduced their "linear admittance" K 64 capsule, which has been their stock in trade ever since; it was used in the KM 64 and U 64 (both from 1964), then the KM 74, KM 84, KM 140, KM 184, and finally the KK 184 of the current KM A/KM D series. This capsule type featured a new, grooved backplate design that greatly improved its off-axis linearity--and as with all but one of Neumann's microphone models from the late 1950s until 2000, it used a gold-sputtered Mylar membrane. (I'm attaching the page from Gotham Audio's brochure about the U 64 that lauds this new capsule.)

I mention this because your microphones don't have original K 54 capsules, but rather this latter type of capsule, attached via a retrofit kit ("KA 32/3-54") that Neumann offered once they ran out of the original type. The KM 54 was Neumann's first microphone to sell in the tens of thousands, and since nickel foil is very delicate, K 54 capsules needed replacing rather frequently. A strong gust of wind, or some bozo blowing into the mike to see whether it was "on" or not, could destroy them. Once Neumann stopped making those capsules, they soon ran out of them as replacement parts, but there were still many, many KM 54s in the field. So they came up with a kit that allowed a K 64 to be grafted onto KM 54 (and 254) microphones. The result is what you show in your photo. Most KM 54 and 254 microphones that you see on eBay also have this kit installed. For comparison, I'm also attaching a photo of a stock KM 54; it doesn't have the large, "RF-proof" Tuchel connector of the 254, but it has the original capsule head.

Since with this type of microphone the capsule determines far more of the sound quality and other acoustical properties (e.g. polar response) than its electronics do, your microphones are sonically much closer to the KM 64 (which was also AC 701k-based) and KM 84 than they would be to a KM 54 or 254 that has an original capsule. Again for comparison, attached are the response curves of the KM 54/254 with its original capsule; the on-axis high-frequency response rises quite a bit more, and the polar diagrams aren't as uniform across the frequency range.

--best regards

P.S.: Re-reading the U 64 text after a number of years, I see that Stephen Temmer (obviously the author--his pomposity is unmistakable) missed a few things, and not just the spelling of "synonymous". Number one, the acoustical delay ("phase shift") is not directly behind the membrane assembly; rather, it is situated behind the capacitive backplate of the capsule. Number two, a pure cosine function would yield a figure-8 pattern! Cardioid response is defined by (1 + cos theta) / 2 -- expressing the fact that a cardioid is the superposition of one-half omni (= 1, since the response is unity regardless of the arrival angle) and one-half figure-8 (= cos theta). -- Mr. Temmer was extremely picky and contentious, often writing letters to the editors of various audio publications to dispute points which were at times quite minor. I'm sure he would be appalled at getting called out like this, but tough luck, Mr. T.

Incredibly valuable info, thank you.  I know there is someone that re-does the nickel capsules but was unaware of the Neumann retrofit to the newer capsules, as visually evident in the random internet photo I grabbed.  I appreciate the education!    :coolguy:
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #13 on: August 04, 2018, 03:01:54 PM »
I too would love to have a set of the KM 54 or 254s amazing recordings have been made with those vintage mics. Now for something more in my price range (not really lol) I wouldnt mind having an AKG c422 or 426, or a set of vintage c61 tubes
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #14 on: August 04, 2018, 07:01:57 PM »
I too would love to have a set of the KM 54 or 254s amazing recordings have been made with those vintage mics. Now for something more in my price range (not really lol) I wouldnt mind having an AKG c422 or 426, or a set of vintage c61 tubes

I never heard any C61 recordings other than Kimock onstage--Pat Cooper's I believe.  I always went after these recordings when they became available.
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« Reply #15 on: August 04, 2018, 07:29:41 PM »
Ok I kind of want Microtech Gefells. They are sort of the Acura of mics not splashy but really neutral and just solid. I’ve never run Neumann’s either but have always been fond of KM 140 tapes.
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« Reply #16 on: August 04, 2018, 07:50:58 PM »
Probably no surprise to anyone: I don't buy the concept of a "holy grail" microphone. The range and variety of recording situations that we encounter is so great that one type of microphone can't be the ideal choice for all of them. It's not so much a matter of "is the microphone great or not" but "does it have the characteristics that are most needed?"

I follow another recording forum where the people are into "vintage" AKG and Neumann microphones. One time a guy there was rhapsodizing about the original (tube) U 47, and asked the group--somewhat rhetorically, but in all seriousness--whether anyone could possibly not want that microphone if they could get one. I put my hand up, since its characteristics are truly worse than useless for the kinds of live, stereo recording that I mostly do. (The screechiest, fingernails-on-the-chalkboard-est, steel-violin-string-sounding-est orchestral recordings that I know of are the Mercury "Living Presence" LPs/CDs that were made with U 47s as the main microphones.)

It's not the microphone itself; it's the relationship between the microphone and the situation/application, plus the sonic concept of the engineer or producer.

If we always recorded the same kind of material in the same type of surroundings, the "holy grail" idea might have more of a practical basis. Like, if all you do is dialogue and effects for film, you might use just two or three different mikes (a lavalier, a shotgun and an MK 41). But even studio music recording goes by application categories (e.g. solo vocals; guitar or bass cabinets; drum overheads; room mikes)--and live remote recording is generally more "adaptive" than most studio work.

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #17 on: August 04, 2018, 07:58:47 PM »

I don't think there is the perfect microphone . There are a lot of variables when it comes to recording sound and different microphones will serve different needs. 
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #18 on: August 05, 2018, 10:28:33 AM »
Ok I kind of want Microtech Gefells. They are sort of the Acura of mics not splashy but really neutral and just solid. I’ve never run Neumann’s either but have always been fond of KM 140 tapes.


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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #19 on: August 05, 2018, 10:41:29 AM »
Probably no surprise to anyone: I don't buy the concept of a "holy grail" microphone. The range and variety of recording situations that we encounter is so great that one type of microphone can't be the ideal choice for all of them. It's not so much a matter of "is the microphone great or not" but "does it have the characteristics that are most needed?"

I follow another recording forum where the people are into "vintage" AKG and Neumann microphones. One time a guy there was rhapsodizing about the original (tube) U 47, and asked the group--somewhat rhetorically, but in all seriousness--whether anyone could possibly not want that microphone if they could get one. I put my hand up, since its characteristics are truly worse than useless for the kinds of live, stereo recording that I mostly do. (The screechiest, fingernails-on-the-chalkboard-est, steel-violin-string-sounding-est orchestral recordings that I know of are the Mercury "Living Presence" LPs/CDs that were made with U 47s as the main microphones.)

It's not the microphone itself; it's the relationship between the microphone and the situation/application, plus the sonic concept of the engineer or producer. If we always recorded the same kind of material in the same type of surroundings, the "holy grail" idea might have more of a practical basis. Like, if all you do is dialogue and effects for film, you might use just two or three different mikes (a lavalier, a shotgun and an MK 41). But even studio music recording goes by application categories (e.g. solo vocals; guitar or bass cabinets; drum overheads; room mikes)--and live remote recording is generally more "adaptive" than most studio work.

--Since this is basically a personal opinion thread, I think I'll get more personal now if that's OK. In a way, I currently find myself approaching this same question from the reverse angle. I'm at an age where it might be wise for me to give up recording in the next few years--maybe even sooner. Plus I recently moved into much smaller living quarters, so a lot of stuff that I used to keep "on a shelf somewhere," I can no longer keep close at hand. As a stopgap I've rented and filled three (!) storage rooms with my books, music and other stuff, and I'm gradually working my way through it, making selections and giving away / selling / recycling whatever I probably won't use. It's a slow process and feels kind of dismal sometimes, but it's better to do it "sooner rather than later."

As the winnowing process applies to microphones, I imagine that in nearly any situation where I might use a pair of spaced MK 2 omnis, I would probably be about equally glad to use wide cardioids (MK 21) instead. The effect isn't the same--but I've only used my MK 2 capsules once in this century, plus I have very good alternatives if need be (MK 2 S, MK 6).

Similarly, instead of MK 4 cardioids, I more often use MK 22 "open cardioids" these days--plus if a "real cardioid" is needed, I have MK 6 and MK 4 V both of which I also prefer to the MK 4 sound-wise. But the MK 4 is undeniably excellent, and so damn convenient! I have an old MSTC microphone from the 1970s that takes a pair of MK 4 capsules for ORTF stereo recording; it's one of the things I would keep for purely personal reasons. A more difficult choice will be giving up the MK 41 now that I have the MK 41 V. But again, the main advantage for me of the MK 41 (as compared to the MK 41 V) isn't sonic; it's that I can fasten a pair of them to a KCY and a stereo bar, and right away they're oriented the way I want.

I don't think it's very likely that I'll ever make another Blumlein recording, so I don't need two figure-8 capsules any more; one for M/S will do--or actually I have a CCM 8 L now, so both MK 8 capsules could go. (Plus I have a CMTS 501 stashed away.) The MK 8 and I have "a certain history" and it would feel odd not to own a pair--but that right there is a prime example of a bad reason to keep stuff I don't use. Anyway, I can just remind myself that the CCM 8 does contain the same capsule. I can also sell my various speech capsules, and use low-cut filters instead. Step by step by step.

And so it goes. Eventually, I think I'll reach a point at which about 50% of what remains is chosen rationally and the other 50% are my sentimental favorites--and that might be the time to sit and meditate until it's time to let go of all of it.

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i think for most it means "out of my price range"

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #20 on: August 05, 2018, 11:37:58 AM »
For me? Schoeps active cables and enough capsules to pick the right pair for the music and location.

Dsatz, if you ever want to sell some shoeps I’m sure the community here would be glad to keep them in use.
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #21 on: August 06, 2018, 03:22:37 PM »
Neumann KM254's


not familiar with those but man I love the JGB shows with the km 54's!  have a really nice Cowboy Junkies as well done with those and the original grace 316 pre

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2018, 03:49:13 PM »
I mainly do studio recording work, but occasional location work and show taping when I'm not too burnt from the 'day job' aspect of my recording pursuits.

It's hard to say I wouldn't have original capsule KM54's or KM53's on the list if I could afford them and their liabilities. 

I need to hook up with johnw and check out his Schoeps, they're not a brand I've ever encountered around here. 

I'm currently enamored with the Sennheiser MKH mics I've added in the last year, and would really like to find a decent deal on an MKH 20 omni to (sorta) complete the quest.  I did add a Neumann KM 131 free field omni recently and am just starting to appreciate it's qualities. 

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #23 on: August 08, 2018, 03:44:43 AM »
I am a fisherman. I like to fish. We have baits we use to explore waters we've never explored before dialing in the proper bait.

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #24 on: August 10, 2018, 07:25:37 AM »
I love the high end and midrange of my AT4031s (yeah they're cheap, don't laugh), but I feel like they could use a bit of help in the low end.  Also, they're obviously not available in an "active" style setup.  My ideal mics would probably have the midrange and high end clarity of the AT4031s, a bit more oomph in the bass, and be in a small form factor like the Schoeps Colette caps (but without needing to rely on third party components to achieve that form factor).  Something like the form factor of the Line Audio CM3 would be perfect (no need for special adapter cables, just plug in a couple XLRs and run it).  Even smaller than that would be better, of course.

If something that fits this bill exists, I'd love to hear about it!

Maybe the DPA modulars with the compact bodies? Slightly smaller than the Line Audios, a range of great sounding caps, and you're good to go with regular XLRs...

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #25 on: August 10, 2018, 08:21:57 AM »
I love the high end and midrange of my AT4031s (yeah they're cheap, don't laugh), but I feel like they could use a bit of help in the low end.  Also, they're obviously not available in an "active" style setup.  My ideal mics would probably have the midrange and high end clarity of the AT4031s, a bit more oomph in the bass, and be in a small form factor like the Schoeps Colette caps (but without needing to rely on third party components to achieve that form factor).  Something like the form factor of the Line Audio CM3 would be perfect (no need for special adapter cables, just plug in a couple XLRs and run it).  Even smaller than that would be better, of course.

If something that fits this bill exists, I'd love to hear about it!

Maybe the DPA modulars with the compact bodies? Slightly smaller than the Line Audios, a range of great sounding caps, and you're good to go with regular XLRs...

I'll have to listen to some DPA recordings.  Thanks for the heads up.  You're talking about the MMP-C bodies right?
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #26 on: August 10, 2018, 03:57:58 PM »
Well that would be my sequential s/n Km84s in a Schoeps wooden box.  ;D ;D   Bought these from a guy who needed money for car repairs. 1k for the pair in great condition.
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #27 on: August 10, 2018, 04:14:57 PM »
Well that would be my sequential s/n Km84s in a Schoeps wooden box.  ;D ;D   Bought these from a guy who needed money for car repairs. 1k for the pair in great condition.

$1000?!  Goodness, I just threw up in my mouth a little.  Right place, right time!
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #28 on: August 10, 2018, 07:31:19 PM »
U89's all day
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #29 on: August 10, 2018, 09:22:36 PM »
rigpimp, please see the attached pages from Gotham Audio's 1976 price list. I hope this information will prove useful when planning your next trip in your friendly, neighborhood time machine.

Also attached is the primary page of the "Studer microphone" price list from the same year. (Schoeps used to have separate US distributors for their 12-Volt vs. 48-Volt microphones. Studer USA was their distributor for 48-Volt Schoeps microphones--labeled as "Studer" and called "SKM" instead of "CMC"--until Posthorn Recordings became the sole distributor for both voltages.)

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #30 on: August 11, 2018, 02:20:18 AM »
Well that would be my sequential s/n Km84s in a Schoeps wooden box.  ;D ;D   Bought these from a guy who needed money for car repairs. 1k for the pair in great condition.

$1000?!  Goodness, I just threw up in my mouth a little.  Right place, right time!

I bought my Schoeps MK4/41>CMC 6, shocks and ORTF bar rig for under $2.5K back around 2003/2004 from a Wall St. trader Panic taper that wanted out of the game... I've since added 4v's to the arsenal and traded the 4's for a pair of MK21's and added KC5's.

Also added a pair of AKG 480 bodies and CK98 short shotgun caps, 2 pair of AKG 568's that were sitting on top of an electronics disposal pile after a room demolition from where I worked at the time a few years back. Oh, and a few AKG Blueline bodies and card caps and articulating knuckles from the same dumpster-dive. All approved by management. And I quote: "We no longer need that 'junk'. Take it home if you want."

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #31 on: August 11, 2018, 03:13:33 PM »
I also don't think there is any sort of magic microphone that transforms your recordings.  There is definitely a quality difference between the high end brands and the cheap stuff, but experience and proper technique make so much more of a difference than throwing more money at the situation.

That said, here are some mics I would like to own if I could afford them.  You can tell I'm a fan of omnis.

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #32 on: August 11, 2018, 11:19:15 PM »
I also don't think there is any sort of magic microphone that transforms your recordings.  There is definitely a quality difference between the high end brands and the cheap stuff, but experience and proper technique make so much more of a difference than throwing more money at the situation.

You can tell I'm a fan of omnis.

Yeah, I'm with ya.  Just today I did an omni mic comparison with a close acoustic guitar, 4 mics, and they are all useful.  The preference even switches up depending on the playing style.  The angle of the mic makes a big difference.  In some cases any two might sound pretty much the same, in another case wildly different.  It's in figuring what to do with them, where to put them, how to treat them in post, etc. 

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #33 on: August 12, 2018, 12:17:59 PM »
Nakamichi CM-700's with all of the capsules they offered.

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #34 on: Yesterday at 12:19:26 AM »
Some time ago I heard samples of the Milab DC-196. Like butter.
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #35 on: Yesterday at 06:16:41 PM »
I'll have to listen to some DPA recordings.  Thanks for the heads up.  You're talking about the MMP-C bodies right?

Yes, the MMP-C. There is a photo of one in this post with a quarter for size reference. I thought I posted one with an AA battery, too, but I can't find it at the moment. I can take other pictures, if you'd like. These things are small enough that I almost always clip to the XLR instead of the mic body itself. Saves wear and tear on the bodies and it also allows me to set-up almost completely before taking the mics out of their cozy little Pelican home!

DPA also sells full-sized bodies and a couple of flavors of active cables (either P48 or microdot, each available with end or side cable exits). The microdot actives can be used with a d:vice (and, presumably, other low voltage supplies). Of course, there are a bunch of capsules available, including a couple of "budget" options, and a number of cool accessories.

The 4015s were my grail mics (which I would define as "mics I lust after that are either too expensive, too scarce, or both" rather than as "magical and defying the laws of physics") until I found a gently used pair at a decent price. I guess now I would love to get some 4011 caps...

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #36 on: Yesterday at 11:10:29 PM »
I've got my Holy Grail mics... both pair of DPA's.  my next "fill in the blank" mics for my kit are one of the active variety AKG hyper ck3 or ck93 variety.
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DPA 4028 (wide cards)
DPA 4023 (cards)
Earthworks TC25 (omnis) 

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