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Newbie Mic Question
« on: April 06, 2003, 06:21:27 PM »
Ok, so I'm into home recording, I record bands and such, and I'd like to start recording live shows.  My question is about microphones.  For my studio I already have a pair of MXL 603s (http://www.mxlmics.com/condencer_mic/condenser_index.html) and I'm buying a pair of MXL V67s (http://www.mxlmics.com/condencer_mic/condenser_index.html).  What do you guys think about these for recording live shows? Which do you think would be better? Thoughts, experences, guesses? THANKS!
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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2003, 06:43:51 PM »
depends on what you're lookin for.......i like to change caps and what not....looks like a pretty nice mic if ya want a fixed cap....... ;)

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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2003, 06:49:22 PM »
looks like it draws a fair amount of juice.  but, if you got the batts...

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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2003, 07:08:46 PM »
Thanks for the replys. Anyone got an opinion on which one would be better? People say that the pattern 603 is wider than the v67.  Should I go with the v67? THANKS again!

BTW: Im probably going to do more club stuff, but probably the occational larger venue.
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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2003, 07:14:53 PM »
hey Alex,

welcome to the Board!

although i haven't heard of anyone running these mics for concert recording, i'm sure someone is or has.  

judging by the available info, these mics look to be just fine for this purpose.  specs look decent.  looks as if the LD v67g has a fairly flat response curve.  the SD 603s a definate rise from 5k-> 20k peaking at 10k.  that being said, i'm suspecting there will be a noticable difference in sound between the 2 mics you have listed.  

the Wide Card pattern is one that is not among the most popular among concert Tapers.  not sure if that has to do with the pattern itself, or the fact that some of the popular microphone manufacturers don't offer this pattern.  i know DPA offers Wide Card.  i'm sure some folks on this list can offer opinions having run that pattern in different situations.

if you have both sets at your disposal, i'd say definately give them both a shot and see if you like their performance.  get yourself some recordings of other microphone brands/ setups and see what type sound it is exactly that you like.  then see how these compare.  there are plenty of people on this Board with many different mics/ recording setups.  i'm sure you'll have no trouble finding folks to help with opinions/ other recordings.

good luck, and let us know how these work out for you in the field.  

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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2003, 08:12:16 PM »
wide cards.....I am starting to look into these, can they be pretty much be used the same way as cards? I bet they sound better up close.....
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2003, 09:23:24 PM »
wide-cards or sub-cards.. schoeps mk21's, neumann ak43's, DPA 4015's.

they are not nearly as versatile as a typical card. They are best used outdoors with no roof (say from the lawn at an ampitheatre). They also sound good upfront if the room/ampitheatre is sufficiently wide.

in my limited experience with them I have found that the mics need to be run NOS or perhaps even wider. ORTF is too narrow for the polar patterns of these caps.

before I got a pair of subcards I would make sure that I already owned cards and hypers.

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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2003, 09:43:25 PM »
A lot of websites say that the v67s are a cardiod so, Im going to try them first I think. THANKS for all the replys.
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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2003, 10:07:56 PM »
Yup, I already own the mk41 and mk4's, would love to pick up a pair of mk2 and mk21's, but that is a lot of dough for me right now.
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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2003, 10:30:26 PM »
wide-cards or sub-cards.. schoeps mk21's, neumann ak43's, DPA 4015's.

they are not nearly as versatile as a typical card. They are best used outdoors with no roof (say from the lawn at an ampitheatre). They also sound good upfront if the room/ampitheatre is sufficiently wide.

in my limited experience with them I have found that the mics need to be run NOS or perhaps even wider. ORTF is too narrow for the polar patterns of these caps.

before I got a pair of subcards I would make sure that I already owned cards and hypers.

thanks for the clarification, Tim.  i was sure Schoeps made these, but didn't have the model # off the top of my head.  

on the other hand, i always thought the ak43 caps were Omnis.  hmmm, interesting.  i've looked at the Neumann pages a hundred times or so over the years?  never bothered to look them up before.  i just knew they were Omnis!  +T to you.  ;)

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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2003, 01:18:57 AM »
the 43s are almost fractured Omni's more so than subcards.. compare the schoeps mk21 and the ak43 polar patterns, pretty interesting. the neumann omni's are the ak30's... and one other ak3x, can't remember off the top of my head.

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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2003, 04:29:59 AM »
i definitely agree with tim here!!!   ;D
i have used the mk21's a few times and have a bunch of tapes made with them.  the said phish taper who uses them consistently runs them ortf.  i find that that config is just too narrow for these mics.  so, exactly as tim said, if you use them make sure to either be way up close or at a nice open outdoor shed and run them at least NOS.  
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2003, 02:35:46 PM »
Dave's "have fun" statement hit the nail on the head! Subcards are a lot of fun to play with.. as are omni's... if you've got cards and hypers already go for it. when used in teh right situation they sound great!

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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2003, 10:16:27 PM »
I got another question, What is the difference of Large Diaphram and Small as it relates to taping shows? THANKS!
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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2003, 10:42:32 PM »
That is a good question. I don't know a ton about LD mics, but I do know they tend to have a smoother and deeper bass response, IMO tend to sound a little warmer.

Condensor mics tend to be brighter and have better clarity, and also do better when it comes to PA recording, not that you can't pull a great tape with LD on a PA, but the condensors are more designed for them.
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Re:Newbie Mic Question
« Reply #15 on: April 11, 2003, 11:32:03 AM »
what about running the sub cards as omnis and splitting them a few feet like 3 or 4. I know here it comes, hole in the middle, but I've seen and heard it done without a hole, maybe not that far apart maybe only 2-3 feet but still as an omni pattern. I've seen cards run like this. Are they crazy or are we just not experimenting enough? I mean we say hole in the middle but what does that sound like?


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