oneblackened
Better Than You At Mixing
Join date: Oct 2007
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#1
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.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400
PRS SE Custom 24 (BKP C-Bomb/VHII)
ESP Horizon NT-7 (SD Full Shreds)
UA Apollo Twin Duo
Peavey Revalver 4
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You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
Last edited by oneblackened at Dec 5, 2012,
DisarmGoliath
Disarms Goliaths
Join date: Dec 2008
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#2
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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oneblackened
Better Than You At Mixing
Join date: Oct 2007
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#3
Gearslutz, believe it or not!

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.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400
PRS SE Custom 24 (BKP C-Bomb/VHII)
ESP Horizon NT-7 (SD Full Shreds)
UA Apollo Twin Duo
Peavey Revalver 4
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
MatrixClaw
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Join date: Nov 2006
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#4
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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oneblackened
Better Than You At Mixing
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#5
Hey Derek, you have an SM7 yeah? You like it?
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400
PRS SE Custom 24 (BKP C-Bomb/VHII)
ESP Horizon NT-7 (SD Full Shreds)
UA Apollo Twin Duo
Peavey Revalver 4
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
MatrixClaw
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Join date: Nov 2006
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#6
Quote by oneblackened
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.
Quote by Dave_Mc
I've had tube amps for a while now, but never actually had any go down on me
Quote by jj1565
maybe you're not saying the right things? an amp likes to know you care.





www.SanctityStudios.com
oneblackened
Better Than You At Mixing
Join date: Oct 2007
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#7
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.
Current Gear:
LTD MH-400
PRS SE Custom 24 (BKP C-Bomb/VHII)
ESP Horizon NT-7 (SD Full Shreds)
UA Apollo Twin Duo
Peavey Revalver 4
Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
fudger
Im a ninja of love..
Join date: Feb 2008
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#9
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.