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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: August 13, 2018, 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: August 13, 2018, 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: August 13, 2018, 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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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #37 on: August 14, 2018, 02:26:24 PM »

Hypercardioids - Schoeps MK41
Cardioids - DPA 4011TL and/or Schoeps M221tube body/M934b capsule
Wide Cardioid - Neumann ak43/km100/LC3 although I do love my MBHO subcards for a lot less money...
Omni - DPA 4006

A pair of AKG C61 would be nice too...

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #38 on: August 27, 2018, 12:12:42 PM »
What are your "holy grail" mics?

The one I've searched for for years yet remains unobtainable.  Technically not outside the realm of possibility, yet not offered by any manufacturer that I'm aware of- A lightweight, miniature, low-voltage-powered, two-wire capable bi-directional (fig-8).

The transformer balanced version of the Niaint X-8S is closest I've found, but is heavy and not two-wire capable.
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #39 on: August 28, 2018, 03:42:36 AM »



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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #40 on: August 28, 2018, 04:00:54 AM »
I dont know about “holy grail” but ive wanted a pair of Earthworks SR77’s for maybe 20 years now. Some day...
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #41 on: August 28, 2018, 06:00:18 AM »
What are your "holy grail" mics?

The one I've searched for for years yet remains unobtainable.  Technically not outside the realm of possibility, yet not offered by any manufacturer that I'm aware of- A lightweight, miniature, low-voltage-powered, two-wire capable bi-directional (fig-8).

The transformer balanced version of the Niaint X-8S is closest I've found, but is heavy and not two-wire capable.

Not 2-wire and not miniature, but this as small a fig-8 I know of.  About the same size as a Schoeps CCM8, but 1/3 the price.

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #42 on: August 28, 2018, 08:41:02 AM »
^ Thanks.  Aware of that one but never tried it.  Seems about as close as it gets, afterwhich the search goes cold.
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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #43 on: August 28, 2018, 09:02:12 AM »

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Re: What are your "holy grail" mics?
« Reply #44 on: August 28, 2018, 09:02:51 AM »
Used to be an AKG C422 would have been my holy grail. Nowadays I find myself coveting the MBHO line if I weren't such an AKG hound.    OTH, those Earthworks sure are purty.     
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