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Good mic for acoustic/resonator?

Discussion in 'Recording In Progress' started by backalleyblues, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. backalleyblues

    backalleyblues Friend of Leo's

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    Hey gang, loooong time since I've posted around here, been mighty busy (and that's a GOOD thing!)

    Anywho, I'm about to do some upgrading on my home rig-being gifted a Digi 002 (way better than my old Presonus interface, which is about to die!) and I'm poking around for a decent condensor mic to record my resonators and acoustic music with... in the past (when in a nice studio) I've used an AKG C-414 for this purpose, and have always loved the sound I got with that mic. What is out there in the ~$200 range that would be in that ballpark? I can stretch somewhat for the right mic (especially if I can buy it from Sweetwater, where I have an account) but obviously I don't want to blow $1k!

    I've seen the AKG C-214 new for $400 (a bit out of my range) but they do pop up used in the 2-250 range from time to time-does this mic come close enough to that 414 sound to be workable? (I understand it's cardioid only, not an issue)... any other contenders out there?

    Thanks in advance for your responses!

    Franc Robert
     
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    vjf1968 Poster Extraordinaire

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  3. Rolling Estonian

    Rolling Estonian Friend of Leo's

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    Audio Technica AT2020 $100, AT4040 $299. Great mics, for me anyway.

    M
     
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    yardleyboy Tele-Meister

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    True this
     
  5. kplamann

    kplamann Tele-Holic

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    Following a recommendation on a recording engineer bulletin board I bought a pair of microphones from the small Swedish manufacturer "Line Audio", it is their CM3-model.

    My wife is a classical musician and we have used them a lot with great results for recording various forms of classical music. They are also great for acoustic guitar, and they are surprisingly inexpensive (~100 € before taxes).
     
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