[linux-audio-user] Re: OT: Microphone info

Jan Depner eviltwin69 at cableone.net
Tue Aug 3 18:03:16 EDT 2004

The RODE mics are very good.  I have a friend who has replaced a fairly
expensive AKG condenser with an NT100.  He says the NT100 is better.  I
wanted a couple of cheap condensers to start with so I bought the
Marshall MXL2003 and MXL603 pair from Musician's Friend for $155 US.  I
think MF quit selling them but American Musical Supply has the pair for
$170 US.  They turned out to be much better than I thought.  You can
hear a recording of some rockabilly that was done using the Marshall's
for drum overheads at http://myweb.cableone.net/eviltwin69/fuzzy2.html. 
I also use them for vocals and acoustic guitar -
http://myweb.cableone.net/eviltwin69/destiny.mp3.  If you want to spend
a bit more money, one of the engineers in a TapeOp interview said he had
just purchased a Marshall MXL V69 tube condenser and was very happy with
it.  These go for $300 at AMS.  BTW, the warm thing isn't empty.  There
have been a couple of good papers on it (by EEs).  Most of it has to do
with the property of tubes when they are overdriven.  You can do a web
search and find a lot of information.


On Tue, 2004-08-03 at 15:43, Alastair Couper wrote:
> Yes, I should state the intention. I have a SM58 knockoff (by Fender) that  
> I use on hand drums. My interest de jeur is to record a female vocalist.
> I am an electrical engineer by education, so am amenable to freq charts,  
> THD, spatial plots and such. But the "warm" thing seems to me empty. Seems  
> like judicious EQ should get you what you want, given that the transducer  
> is coming up with a clean reproduction to begin with. But then one gets  
> into subjectivity and black magic again.
> I am looking a Studio Projects B1, for instance.

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