[LAU] OT: Which crappy mic should I use?

Kevin Cosgrove kevinc at cosgroves.us
Thu Mar 18 20:38:38 EDT 2010

On 18 March 2010 at 17:24, Ken Restivo <ken at restivo.org> wrote:

> So I am recording the band's vocals tomorrow for this record,
> and, due to acute poverty and our practice-room-mates
> absconding with all the mics, the only mics we have available
> to us now are:
> 1) Shure PG-58 (with on-off switch! woo-hoo!)
> and
> 2) Zoom H2
> Which of these not-very-good choices would you recoomend would
> be slightly less crappy for recording vocals?
> The Zoom has condenser mics, which to my ears are quite good,
> but are designed for ambient recordings and might not handle
> sound pressure levels of close-range vocal use. Also, it has
> that 188ms delay in it too, and no way to turn off hardware
> monitoring. How bad is the PG-58 though?

I haven't heard a PG-58.  But, I can say that I pretty much
don't like many of Shure's offerings.  I'm more of a fan of AKG
and Audix and Beyer Dynamics.  But, that's probably just my own

That said, I've used the H2 and found the internal mics to be
pretty good.  I'd use it over a pair of SM58 or SM57.  Would
you be recording in stereo?  Which pair in the H2, the 90deg or
120deg?  Would you be recording in omni, i.e. all 4 mics on?

It wouldn't be all that hard, and maybe only 10-20 minutes, for
you to do a compare before the real recording.



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