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Ideas for cheap mics
« on: August 19, 2019, 08:12:04 PM »
Hey everyone, need a new cheap but good sounding mic setup asap, had orig oktava mc012's years back that I wish I never sold and keeping an eye out for a good set at a good price, but really need something sooner rather than later for some upcoming shows, suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Looking at the at2022, I have two small tascam recorders dr05 & an 07 but will snag a dr40 for the phantom power if need be. Absolutely had it with my core sound binurals bass distortion so will be getting rid of those asap. Thanks in advance for any suggestions, j

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Re: Ideas for cheap mics
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2019, 09:17:09 PM »
Everyone has different definitions of cheap, so you're going to need to provide a budget.
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Re: Ideas for cheap mics
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2019, 09:19:44 PM »
$300.

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Re: Ideas for cheap mics
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2019, 10:06:38 PM »
What situations do you find yourself recording in most? Open or low profile? Close up or near the soundboard?
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Re: Ideas for cheap mics
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2019, 10:34:00 PM »
Audio Technica AT3031's.  The show up eBay frequently for at lest $150-200/pair.  No longer made, but best bang-for-buck mics imo.

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Re: Ideas for cheap mics
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2019, 11:17:58 PM »
What situations do you find yourself recording in most? Open or low profile? Close up or near the soundboard?
Typically smaller venues like the ocean mist (ri), infinity hall (ct) bars/breweries, one in a while bigger venues, mostly open taping situations. Music on the louder side like reggae & jambands

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Re: Ideas for cheap mics
« Reply #6 on: August 20, 2019, 06:03:58 AM »
Audio Technica AT3031's.  The show up eBay frequently for at lest $150-200/pair.  No longer made, but best bang-for-buck mics imo.

I'll second this.
If you are looking for something brighter, find a set of Berliner CM33 that go roughly the same price for a stereo set.
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Re: Ideas for cheap mics
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2019, 06:31:19 AM »
If you have a budget of $300, then you would be very hard-pressed to do better than a pair of Line Audio mics, which are €233 a pair shipped from No Hype Audio in Belgium.  The exchange rate is quite favorable now, putting a set of these at under $260 US.  When I purchased my CM3s several years ago, they ran me about $360 and I would consider them an outstanding value at that price.

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Re: Ideas for cheap mics
« Reply #8 on: August 20, 2019, 09:23:29 AM »
Voltronic has a good recommendation there.  I don't own the Line Audio mics, but have heard some really nice recordings from them!   Another one to look at in your price range might be the Studio Projects C4 mics.  A matched pair new is ~$350 and comes with card, hyper, and omni caps.  I know some of the budget minded tapers here use them.  No personal experience from me though (I'm a Neumann guy). 
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Re: Ideas for cheap mics
« Reply #9 on: August 20, 2019, 10:25:38 AM »
Thanks for all the suggestions so far, I'll be checking these out, appreciate the input

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Re: Ideas for cheap mics
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2019, 03:06:17 PM »
I don't know about the quality of their microphones, but I will say one thing for Line Audio: Their frequency response graphs do something that I wish all manufacturers would do. That is, the on-axis response is clearly shown at both a 1-meter and a 30-cm equivalent measuring distance. An example is attached.

For directional microphones, even the 1-meter measurement is somewhat optimistic compared to the actual response for distant or semi-distant pickup--especially for supercardioids and figure-8s. But 1 meter is an unofficial convention that most manufacturers follow, so comparisons with other well-known makes and models are at least theoretically possible (with the glaring exception of DPA).
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