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a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« on: January 08, 2021, 03:37:56 PM »
Ideas on a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
I would like to obtain an LDC stereo mic if possible.
I have an MXL 990 stereo mic. It does an OK job but, its still meh quality.
I got it a long time ago on ebay for about $120.
I am not trying to sell mine. I am just looking for recommendations on a "lower cost"(not junk) LDC stereo mic.
Thanks.
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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2021, 03:41:06 PM »
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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2021, 04:02:46 PM »
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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2021, 04:32:42 PM »
I suggest looking for a pair of ADK TL's and use them in a coincident arrangement on a vert-bar. They pop up relatively frequently in the yardsale.  Heavy yes, but not a problem on-stage. They are well proven to make great tapes with a long and strong taper history. You are unlikely to find a better performing LD pair for the price, and they provide a super/hypercardioid pattern as one of the 4 switchable patterns (omni, cardioid, supercardioid, fig-8) which is one of the more useful patterns for coincident (X/Y and M/S) IMO, yet oddly missing on many switchable-pattern LD stereo mics.

Two separate mics used in that way is much more flexible than a dedicated stereo mic.  If you only run coincident, you can leave the mics and bar assembled and carry them as one unit in a single case.  But you also have options for non-coincident stereo configurations and use as individual spot mics.
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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2021, 04:37:00 PM »
^posts like this are why i didnt even try to contribute

i do know application is everything and theres a good user base of experience around here to tap
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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2021, 05:24:54 PM »
^posts like this are why i didnt even try to contribute

i do know application is everything and theres a good user base of experience around here to tap

No one is asking for your contributions.  Gutbucket has provided an answer.  I am sure others will as well.  The poster can also search the site. 

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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2021, 05:56:36 PM »
There is no problem with any of the previous posts. The OP is asking for suggestions from all members generally.

Please restrain personal animosities which originate in the TS Political Zone within the bounds of the PZ.
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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2021, 10:00:55 PM »
There is no problem with any of the previous posts. The OP is asking for suggestions from all members generally.

Please restrain personal animosities which originate in the TS Political Zone within the bounds of the PZ.

I agree. That was completely out of line here.
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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2021, 02:07:18 PM »
Obviously not a "high-end" mic but I find the AT 2022 quite functional and decent sounding the handful of times I've used it. The 90 and 120 degree option is nice too.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/761016-REG/Audio_Technica_AT2022_AT2022_X_Y_Stereo_Microphone.html

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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2021, 02:53:44 PM »
Maybe the Studio Projects LSD2 is one to look at? I really like mine for close up applications.
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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2021, 02:00:44 AM »
I like audio technica AT822 (battery version) or AT825 (battery plus phantom).
Really nice point and shoot mic.Also works great for mixing with SBD feed.
I often record with other mics, but I am never dissatisfied with this mic.  Just sounds great every time I use it.Can often find good deals on Ebay if you are patient.
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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2021, 12:20:05 PM »
A stereo mic I really like (but it is definitely not large diaphragm) is the Superlux S502. I do not recall the price and I purchased used, but it is very reasonable and so easy to set up and use.

Here is a sample:
https://archive.org/details/MFranti2018-08-25.SuperluxS502MNZooFlac16

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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2021, 03:22:11 PM »
I've also read here and there that the Superlux S502 is a nice mic.  I am a bit suspicious about Superlux' s quality . I've bought a Superlux E542d, a fixed x-y which can run both battery or phantom power. It's a low cost thing, ok, so I accept it being not so nice sounding but the spec say 21 self noise and it seems much more than this....it's not likely a preamp noise as I have tested it with an Audient interface which EIN is -128 db and is a very quiet piece of gear. In addition most of the times I hear a noticeable hum in one channel that is not cable related ( tested with another cable). Stay away from this model...
I agree with most here that a pair would give more options in placement and still can be used with a single stand on an bar...yet there are two cables to deal with if this is a concern. I'd personally opt for a stereo mic only in case of a battery powered option, so you can appreciate it's flexibility of use with every sort of gear.
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Re: a stereo mic that won't break the bank?
« Reply #14 on: January 11, 2021, 10:47:51 AM »
Note from the posts above that there are a number of additional options when the LDC requirement is loosened.
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