Best omni mic under $200?

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  1. Charlie Bernstein

    Charlie Bernstein Poster Extraordinaire

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    I have plenty of cardioid mics, and so do most of my music buddies.

    So I'm not looking for another cardioid. But I would also like a stand-alone omni mic I can use for live acoustic gigs and for acoustic band recording.

    Do you know of a good one that won't smash the piggybank?

    Thanks!
     
  2. beyer160

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    Behringer ECM8000. It's a condenser measurement mic, fairly flat, and cheap as chips.
     
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  3. Charlie Bernstein

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    Nice price! What are the pros and cons of using a measurement mic?
     
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    That just means it's specifically designed for a flat response, but all omnis are pretty flat to begin with. You won't mistake it for a Neumann, but it's a cool little mic for less than $70.
     
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    I have a condenser mic in the closet somewhere that has a widely adjustable pattern. Adjustable patterns might have some additional use benefits for you. I used it in my acoustic band days.
     
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    The CAD M179 is a nice workhorse mic with contiuously variable patterns for under $200. It's a lot more than $70, but it's a much more versatile mic.
     
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    I have one of these in my collection & use it for everything from a cappella voice to acoustic guitar to bass cabinets. It has a number of patterns, a low cut, and a -15 db switch. I would recommend it to a friend.
     
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    They’re really noisy though. Almost to the point of unusable IMO. The stuff above the noise floor sounds decent.

    Best if you can try one from a place that allows returns in case it is too noisy for your applications.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    The Guosheng/3u audio sdc might also be worth looking into. I think they’re roughly in that price range. Caveat, I’ve never heard or seen one in the flesh, but they seem to be well regarded in the budget made in China category on recording forums.

    Cheers,
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    The frequency response isn't like a condenser, but there's a lot to be said for an EV 635a.
     
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    My studio is being remodeled so I didn’t think I could find it. I’d part with it, way less than $200. CAD M179. C88CD0BE-C958-4428-9F2D-7FAF631C61FF.jpeg
     
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    I hadn't noticed mine being that noisy, but I've never used it on a quiet source, either. I imagine the QC on a $70 condenser is non-existent, so the advice about buying based on return policy is sound.
     
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    I think it’s just part of the design of those types of mics. The Shoeps, Earthworks etc. have a high self noise too, despite being several orders of magnitude more expensive than the Behringers.

    I think you need to try them in your space to see whether you can live with it or not. I kept my pair because what would I get for them? But I haven’t pulled them out in forever. I guess does your room sound decent is another question.

    They’re cheap enough though to give a shot.

    Cheers,
    Geoff
     
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    Shhhhh!

    Cheers,
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  15. Charlie Bernstein

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    I like EV. Thanks!
     
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    Thanks! Just learning now, but I'll keep it in mind.
     
  17. Charlie Bernstein

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    Yup! So far, I'm leaning toward that EV: easy to use (I'm impatient), rugged (I'm clumsy), all-purpose (I'm a Renaissance man), good reviews (I'm gullible).
     
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    Good! Now delete the thread before anyone else finds out.
     
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    I have one of those CAD mics. We used it along with my friend's Shure KSM 127 for a 2-mic setup for a bluegrass gig. The Shure was much louder. Assuming that we didn't mess up on pre-amp or PA settings, is there any reason that the Shure should be so much louder?
     
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  20. Charlie Bernstein

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    Uh - more decibels?
     
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