#1
I am getting ready to start using my Zoom 1608 recorder to record my gypsy jazz acoustic guitar for some projects. Can anyone recommend a good multi-pattern condenser mic that gives good recording quality. I only have dynamic mics at this point.
#2
Is it only to record acoustic guitars?
Is your recording space treated?
What's your budget?
#3
Yeah, it's for acoustic guitar at the moment. The space isn't treated and I'm looking to spend under 200 bucks. I just want to get some decent quality recording to put things up on my website eventually. Possibly even Youtube. My recording gear is an all in one type, so I don't have a fancy interface to the computer with nice pre-amps. I don't really have a super quality signal chain, so an expensive mic would be a waste. I would just go to a real studio for high quality recording. I just want a decent mic for this purpose.
#4
Quote by Vince Marrone
Yeah, it's for acoustic guitar at the moment. The space isn't treated and I'm looking to spend under 200 bucks. I just want to get some decent quality recording to put things up on my website eventually. Possibly even Youtube. My recording gear is an all in one type, so I don't have a fancy interface to the computer with nice pre-amps. I don't really have a super quality signal chain, so an expensive mic would be a waste. I would just go to a real studio for high quality recording. I just want a decent mic for this purpose.

Your recording rig has decent pre-amps and whatnot built into it. Why exactly do you want multiple patterns? Just curious.

As for cheap multi-pattern mics go, there are only so many. This one is just above your budget but would be pretty good for getting started: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/condenser-microphones/audio-technica-at2050-multi-pattern-large-diaphragm-condenser-microphone

This doesn't have multiple patterns, but you get two mics for a good price. I use Sterling Audio mics and they're really great (used to be Groove Tubes, then GC/MF bought them and relabeled as a house brand). You can get some great acoustic recordings with these two. http://www.musiciansfriend.com/recording-microphone-packages/sterling-audio-st55--st31-condenser-mic-package?rNtt=sterling%20audio&index=1
#5
I have a Behringer B2 Pro and as long as you don't mind the logo it's a solid, decent sounding mic and is as close to your budget as I think you're going to get.
#7
CAD M179.

Honestly, nothing else should even be considered in that price range.

You could probably pick up two and do some nice two-mic recordings of your acoustic, or use one for vocals and record both at the same time.
#8
I heard that the CAD M179 has power draw that some phantom power units can't really supply. I have read that some noise issues can result from this. I really don't know as I have never owned a condenser before. Do you use a dedicated preamp with phantom power? My all in one recorder has phantom power but I don't know what current draw it can handle.
#9
Also, the reason I was going for a multi-pattern is I'm trying to record a nice full acoustic track, then overdub the head (on acoustic), then maybe a harmony part as well as a solo, all with the acoustic. I want to try and do this with one mic at a time to keep it simple and not deal with phasing issues. I figured, maybe in omni mode, I can get a nice sound and experiment with different pattern to see what works with my recorder and room. I have been playing guitar for over 30 years, but I'm brand new at recording acoustic guitar, as you all can tell. Is it sensible to do what I am thinking, or do I absolutely need two mics in stereo for this project?
#10
That's the first time I've ever heard of that being an issue with the M179.

I've used mine with several preamps, but yes, I currently run it through a dedicated preamp (Peavey VMP-1 or Seventh Circle Audio A12b/N72s).