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Old 12-05-2012, 08:22 PM   #1
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So, I'm getting a mic over the holidays. I'm looking to be able to track vocals and maybe the occasional acoustic guitar - so I'm looking for something fairly versatile.

I'd prefer new.

So far, I've looked at:
Rode NT1A
AKG Perception 220
sE Electronics sE2200A

I've heard good things about some MXL mics, namely the V67. Any experience with that one, or any others?
Any other recommendations?

I mean, if it makes sense, I could get an SM7B used instead, but I just have the focusrite preamps in my interface (and I believe they only go to +55dB). IIRC the SM7B likes higher gain pres than that.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:11 PM   #2
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All the MXL stuff I've ever encountered was utter bollocks, where did you find good reviews for it?

Anyway, I quite like the sE2200A. Used to be a fan of Rode mics, but I was less impressed by the NT1A than I expected. I still like the NT-5's/NT-55's as overheads though.

Never used a lower end AKG like that one so can't really comment. In your budget though, you should also consider the Audio Technica AT2020.


Or better still, if you can stretch, I bought n ADK Thor a few months ago (they do one called Odin which is cheaper and does much of the same stuff, but without the filter switches for presence boost/cut and I can't remember if it is fixed to cardioid pattern or not).
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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I guess that's a vote for the 2200?

The 2020 is a BIT below what I'm looking at. I could get a 4040 for a little more than the 2200.
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:50 PM   #4
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The V67 is actually very good for the price IMO.

Add a used Audio Technica AT4040 to your list @$150ish, and you'll have a mic you'll likely never get rid of. Leaves $100 for the V67, too
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:53 PM   #5
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Hey Derek, you have an SM7 yeah? You like it?
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Hey Derek, you have an SM7 yeah? You like it?

SM7B is the only thing I use for vocals anymore.

I own an AT4060 ($1450 tube mic) and I choose the SM7b over it for practically every application



However, it will not sound any different than an SM58 through your interface's preamps, so don't even bother.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:45 AM   #7
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Decided on the AT4040. I found a pretty solid combo deal on eBay for no more than it costs new alone. Throws in a pop filter and a 15 foot cable along with the mic and shock mount. All that means is I need a mic stand.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:50 AM   #8
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A vote for the SE 2200a here, fantastic mic.

Thomann's budget T.Bone valve mics are really impressive as well.
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Old 12-06-2012, 07:55 AM   #9
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I have the AKG perception 220 and ive never have had anything bad to say about it. Ive recording everything feom vocals, classical guitar to cello on it and I can get a crisp sound on it. Though I have never miked a cab so I cant say anything but how that sounds. AKG has a great reputation for a reason.
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