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Hi, I'm going to buy a new microphone strictly to Mic Acoustic guitar, I've read that the SM81 is the best for this application http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Shure-SM81-Condenser-Mic?sku=270171

can anyone give me feedback or an alternative?
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#2
In that price range I think that ones a pretty safe bet. My friend has one and it seems to be really responsive to low and high frequencies, should be perfect for micing an acoustic.
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For that price, you could pick up a used pair of Rode NT-5s or Oktava MKO12s and have a better sound for cheaper
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For that price, you could pick up a used pair of Rode NT-5s or Oktava MKO12s and have a better sound for cheaper



well Ideally that would be great. low cost and best sound, lol.
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well Ideally that would be great. low cost and best sound, lol.

The NT-5s and 012s are on-par, if not better than the SM-81s and can be found cheaper used for a pair than a single SM-81 on MF
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how does a single nt5 sound?
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I'd think about the SM7b. It's great for acoustic guitar, and all sorts of vocals. Plus, it's dynamic, so it works a lot better in untreated rooms.
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I'd think about the SM7b. It's great for acoustic guitar, and all sorts of vocals. Plus, it's dynamic, so it works a lot better in untreated rooms.


A dynamic would be much more favorable, that way it wouldn't have to be phantom powered. thank you
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#9
The SM7b would not be a very good choice if you don't have a quality preamp to drive it. That mic on an acoustic is an acquired taste.
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The SM7b would not be a very good choice if you don't have a quality preamp to drive it. That mic on an acoustic is an acquired taste.



I have a DBX 376 channel strip, I wondered how a dynamic on a mic would sound (other than an an SM57, which needs too much gain Imo) but I do like the idea of not having to use phantom power.
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I have a DBX 376 channel strip, I wondered how a dynamic on a mic would sound (other than an an SM57, which needs too much gain Imo) but I do like the idea of not having to use phantom power.

The SM7b needs A LOT of gain.
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One, do you have an interface with phantom power?

2. Buy a pair of rode nt-5's at that price. Not new though, ebay is littered with better prices. The rodes are incredibly versatile little things. great for overheads, great for acoustic instruments like guitar and pianos(uprights and grands), and even vocals

3. The SM7b is a great mic but not my first or second choice when recording acoustic guitar. It takes a shit load of gain to make the mic pickup a signal( i usually have to almost max out my profire's gain) to get the mic to register. Although it does cover the full spectrum of sound (frequency wise), it isnt as how can i put this, "dynamic" as other condensers. Meaning condenser mics were more responsive to the over all changes of the source being recorded
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One, do you have an interface with phantom power?

2. Buy a pair of rode nt-5's at that price. Not new though, ebay is littered with better prices. The rodes are incredibly versatile little things. great for overheads, great for acoustic instruments like guitar and pianos(uprights and grands), and even vocals

3. The SM7b is a great mic but not my first or second choice when recording acoustic guitar. It takes a shit load of gain to make the mic pickup a signal( i usually have to almost max out my profire's gain) to get the mic to register. Although it does cover the full spectrum of sound (frequency wise), it isnt as how can i put this, "dynamic" as other condensers. Meaning condenser mics were more responsive to the over all changes of the source being recorded
Mclaw should be able to back me up on these statements


Yes I have phantom power, but here is the situation, we write humorous songs and record them all in about three hours, so we don't really have time for memorization, so I usually just stick a condenser in front of him to record everything, but I'm not happy with the guitar sound. I'm seriously considering the nt-5's. and if the sm7b requires a lot of gain then that really wouldn't really help. this is an example of what I mean: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=go7_x-4lgns. And I promise i'm not just trying to get publicity off the link. I would like to move the bluebird closer to his moth and a different Mic in front of the guitar and record on two different tracks on one take.
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