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Old 12-14-2012, 03:47 PM   #1
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If you only had 1 mic...

If you could only have 1 mic to do everything you would need in a home studio/bedroom studio, what mic would it be? Obviously 1 mic wont do it all but which would you pick? Price doesn't matter, you could have whatever you wanted.
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:25 PM   #2
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Probably a Blue Bottle with whatever extra capsules I could afford. An SE Electronics Gemini III, Cascade Fathead or AKG C414 if budget was a little more realistic.

The SM7B is a pretty versatile beast too, but the preamps need to be up to scratch.


Can't wait for someone to come in and say 'SM57'
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:33 PM   #3
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SM57 because its the industry standard :p

In all serious, either a Blue Bottle with all the capsules or a Neumann U87
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Old 12-14-2012, 04:38 PM   #4
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Of the ones I currently own: most likely my ADK Thor as it is easily the most versatile and has the most options (three polar patterns, presense boost/cut/neutral switch, two-stage pad etc.).

Of all mics I've used: probably the U87. Haven't heard anything sound bad through it yet, though admittedly I don't own one so haven't tried it on everything I've encountered. I would also love a matched pair of AKG C414's, though I know you said one mic, as for me these are also up there as a tough-to-decide favourite.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:44 PM   #5
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:13 PM   #6
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Got some others now, but I did have only one mic for a long time - an SM58. As a recording mic it may not be perfect, but it's been doing it's job for well over 20 years and is still going strong today

No idea what I'd pick for the unlimited budget dream-mic though. Whatever it would be, I doubt I'll ever afford one.
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:19 PM   #7
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I might go with an AT4050 or something similar. Great on vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, and pretty much anything else you'd need in a bedroom studio.

And the Blue Bottle is pretty close to cheating. That's like asking the genie for more wishes xp

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Old 12-15-2012, 12:08 AM   #8
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Maybe a C414. I do like the way they sound and they can do nearly anything.
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And the Blue Bottle is pretty close to cheating. That's like asking the genie for more wishes xp


No, that thing is like the Swiss Army Knife of Mics. Its got an extension for every possible situation and still sounds amazing.

I remember watching some old videos of Blink-182 when they were recording their untitled album, that thing was in front of guitar amps, acoustics, vocals, bass cabs & I think even as a room mic for drums. Besides, for $10,000 with all the capsules, it better do everything.
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Old 12-15-2012, 03:40 AM   #10
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Maybe a C414. I do like the way they sound and they can do nearly anything.


Is having a pair of them cheating cos thats what I'd like :P

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Is having a pair of them cheating cos thats what I'd like :P

I hope not, 'cause I'd like a pair too
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:41 PM   #12
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Shure SM7b, cause I have a pre good enough to drive it

I would go for a nice LDC, but I don't really enjoy micing guitar cabs for the genres I record with them, and I'd probably rather have a good dynamic as an all-round mic, than an LDC for that reason.
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