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Microphone Survey

Discussion in 'Sound, Music, and Intercom' started by The_Guest, Jul 13, 2005.

  1. The_Guest

    The_Guest Senior Team Emeritus Premium Member

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    What is your favorite mic for the following applacations? Sure neumann is your favorite, but be realistic. Try to pick what you actually use or what you grab first when it's needed. If you have not ran into some of these applactions, it's okay to skip them.

    Vocal Handheld:
    Lav:
    Small Vocal Ensembles:
    Large Vocal Ensembles:
    Ambient/Hang Microphone:
    Floor/Boundry:

    Kick:
    Snare:
    Toms:
    Hi-Hat:
    Overheads:
    Ride:
    Auxilary/Misc Percussion:

    Acoustic Guitar:
    Acoustic/Upright Bass:
    Cello:
    Violin/Viola:
    Harp:

    Trumpet:
    Trombone:
    Saxaphone:
    Woodwinds:
    Bag Pipe:
    Harmonica/Bluesharp/Marine Band:

    Piano:
    Organ/Leslie (Rotating Speaker):
    Guitar Amp:
    Bass Amp:
     
  2. wolf825

    wolf825 Senior Team Emeritus Premium Member

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    While most of my choices will depend on the instrument or vocal and the actual sound of it, and what music style, here are my first couple of choices... I added a few other instruments for fun...


    Vocal Handheld: Beta 87, Beta 58, OM5, M-88
    Lav: Countryman B3, Audio Technica 831, Shure WL51
    Small Vocal Ensembles: Shotgun Sennheiser K6, short or long tube
    Large Vocal Ensembles: same as above
    Ambient/Hang Microphone: AT857 choir mics
    Floor/Boundry: Sennheiser K6 shotguns, PCC160

    Kick: Beyer M-88, Audix D6, EV RE 20, Senn 421
    Snare: SM57, Audix D1
    Toms: Sennheiser 421, ATM 25's, Audix D2-4 series
    Hi-Hat: AT 4041, SM57
    Overheads: AT 4041, AKG 414, SM81
    Ride: same as overheads
    Auxilary/Misc Percussion: same as overheads
    Tabla & Conga's, BETA 57, D2 AUdix

    Acoustic Guitar: Countryman B3, or AT831B lavs on sticky puddy
    Acoustic/Upright Bass: RE 20, Senn 421
    Cello: Senn 421, RE 20, D-112(I finally found a good use for that POS mic)
    Violin/Viola: Neuman KM180's
    Harp: Beyer M-88 & Neuman KM 180, or a Barcus pickup
    ZITAR: SM57, 4041

    Trumpet: Senn 441 (not 421), SM 57
    Trombone: Senn 421, SM57
    Saxaphone: Senn 421, Beyer M88
    Woodwinds: AKG 414, Senn 421
    Bag Pipe: M-88 and AKG 414, or one of those and a B3 wireless lav.
    Harmonica/Bluesharp/Marine Band: Beta 58 if they don't have a bullet mic.
    FLUTE: AT 4041, KM180, Beta 57

    Piano: M88 Lo, 4041 or 414 Hi.
    Organ/Leslie (Rotating Speaker): SM57 or RE20
    Guitar Amp: SM57
    Bass Amp: RE 20 or DI preferred

    Vibraphone: AKG 414's paired with a PCC 160 under pipes.
    TUBA: D112, Senn 421

    -w
     
  3. Peter

    Peter Well-Known Member

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    Oh the joys of having a max of 3 mics to pic from: SM58s, CHEAPO dynamic mics, and one fairly cheap Condenser.....

    I'm very interested in what everyone else has to say, b/c as time goes on i'd like to slowly expand my mic collection!
     
  4. TBNAudioEngineer

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    Location:
    Canton, OH
    Vocal Handheld: Beta58
    Lav: Sony Ecm 77
    Small Vocal Ensembles: EV condersers
    Large Vocal Ensembles: Shotguns
    Ambient/Hang Microphone: Sony ECM 77
    Floor/Boundry:

    Kick: RE20
    Snare: SM57
    Toms: EV condenser
    Hi-Hat:
    Overheads: EV condenser
    Ride:
    Auxilary/Misc Percussion:

    Acoustic Guitar: SM40
    Acoustic/Upright Bass:
    Cello:
    Violin/Viola: sm58
    Harp:

    Trumpet:
    Trombone:
    Saxaphone: sm58
    Woodwinds:
    Bag Pipe:
    Harmonica/Bluesharp/Marine Band:

    Piano: 4 sm58's placed strategically, and submixed (very clean, natural sound)
    Organ/Leslie (Rotating Speaker): 58 on bottom, 57 on top
    Guitar Amp: 57
    Bass Amp: 58 or 57
     
  5. Radman

    Radman Well-Known Member

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    First I'll say what I have used, then what I would if I had a decent selection.

    Vocal Handheld: SM58 / Beta58
    Lav: Countryman Isomax-B3 / Isomax-E6
    Small Vocal Ensembles: EV 635A / Shure KSM 27 condenser
    Large Vocal Ensembles: some Shure PZM I can't remember / Shure KSM 27 condensers
    Ambient/Hang Microphone: ... EV omni / a real hang mic
    Floor/Boundry: Shure PZM / Shure PZM

    Kick: Samson CO1 condenser / AT kick mic
    Snare: EV 365A /AT snare mic or SM57
    Toms: EV Omni / AT tom mics
    Hi-Hat: EV 365A / AT mic
    Overheads: EV mic / AT mic
    Ride: EV mic / AT mic
    Auxilary/Misc Percussion: that one I've never done

    Acoustic Guitar: SM58 / dunno
    Acoustic/Upright Bass: SM58 / dunno
    Violin/Viola: use an electric violin PLZ

    Trumpet: n/a / Beta 98H/C
    Trombone: n/a / Beta 98H/C
    Saxaphone: n/a / Beta 98H/C
    Woodwinds: n/a / Beta 98H/C
    Bag Pipe: come on, really?
    Harmonica/Bluesharp/Marine Band: n/a / shure bullet

    Piano: sm58 / dunno

    Guitar Amp: sm58 / sm57
    Bass Amp: sm58 / sm57

    Thats a long list!
     
  6. bwayhawk2002

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    Vocal Handheld: SM 58
    Lav:
    Small Vocal Ensembles:
    Large Vocal Ensembles:
    Ambient/Hang Microphone:
    Floor/Boundry:

    Kick:
    Snare:
    Toms:
    Hi-Hat:
    Overheads:
    Ride:
    Auxilary/Misc Percussion:

    Acoustic Guitar:
    Acoustic/Upright Bass:
    Cello:
    Violin/Viola:
    Harp:

    Trumpet:
    Trombone:
    Saxaphone:
    Woodwinds:
    Bag Pipe:
    Harmonica/Bluesharp/Marine Band:

    Piano: SM 58
    Organ/Leslie (Rotating Speaker):
    Guitar Amp: SM 58
    Bass Amp: SM 58
     
  7. jumpjet

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    lol to bway. Been there, done that.

    Vocal Handheld: Sm58
    Small Vocal Ensembles: sm81

    Kick: Akg d112
    Snare: sm57
    Toms: CAD 10
    Hi-Hat: Sm81
    Overheads:Sm81
    Ride: none
    Auxilary/Misc Percussion: sm57

    Acoustic Guitar: sm57, or occasionally wl93

    Trumpet: 55SH (good stuff)
    Trombone: 55SH
    Saxaphone: sm57

    Bag Pipe: ?! How often does THAT come up? Those things are loud enough.

    Piano: 2 Sm81, high and low

    Guitar Amp: Sm57
    Bass Amp: Countryman type 85 DI
     
  8. avkid

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    Vocal Handheld: ULX2/58/Beta 58
    Standmount vocal: 55SH Series II
    Lav: Shure WL93
    Small Vocal Ensembles: C1000S
    Large Vocal Ensembles: AT7857QMA/QMLA
    Ambient/Hang Microphone: " "
    Kick: PG52
    Acoustic Guitar: SM 57
    Harmonica/Bluesharp/Marine Band: SM 58
    Piano: SM 57(in stereo)
    Guitar Amp: ProCo CB-1 direct box
    Bass Amp:proCo CB-1 direct box
     
  9. BNBSound

    BNBSound Active Member

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    Location:
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    Vocal Handheld: SM-58, Beta 58, Beta 87
    Lav: Shure ULX
    Small Vocal Ensembles: Tube Solid
    Large Vocal Ensembles: SM-81 or Earthworks
    Ambient/Hang Microphone: Audio Technica
    Floor/Boundry: Crown PZM

    Kick: Beta 52 or 91
    Snare: SM-57
    Toms: Audio Technica 8835
    Hi-Hat: Shure 81
    Overheads: Earthworks
    Ride: see overheads
    Auxilary/Misc Percussion: Senheiser 421

    Acoustic Guitar: Shure Beta Green 4.0
    Acoustic/Upright Bass: SM-57 wrapped in foam, jamed in the bridge
    Cello: Tube Solid
    Violin/Viola: SM 81
    Harp: Pair of 81s

    Trumpet: Audio Technica 8835x or 57
    Trombone: ditto
    Saxaphone: ditto
    Woodwinds: depends
    Bag Pipe: Why would you?
    Harmonica/Bluesharp/Marine Band: Shure Bullet, 55S

    Piano: Pair of SM-81
    Organ/Leslie (Rotating Speaker):
    Guitar Amp: SM-57 or E609(Silver)
    Bass Amp: Countryman DI or Beta 52 + SM-57
     
  10. blsmn

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    Vocal Handheld: Audio Technica AE5400
    Lav: DPA 4060
    Small Vocal Ensembles: DPA 4011
    Large Vocal Ensembles: DPA 4011
    Ambient/Hang Microphone: DPA 4011
    Floor/Boundry: Crown PCC160

    Kick: Audix D6 and Shure Beta91 combo
    Snare: Audix D1
    Toms: Audix D2 (rack toms) and Audix D4 (floor tom)
    Hi-Hat: Shure SM57
    Overheads: DPA 4011


    Acoustic Guitar: DPA 4011
    Acoustic/Upright Bass: Shertler DYN-GP
    Violin: DPA 4066


    Trumpet: Audix D2 or D4
    Trombone: Audix D2 or D4
    Saxaphone: Audix D2 or D4


    Piano: Shertler DYN-GP

    Guitar Amp: Shure SM57 w/Radial Engineering JDI MK3 DI
    Bass Amp: Shure SM57 w/Radial Engineering Bassbone DI
     
  11. nuggety

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  12. metti

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    My answers to this depends on a variety of factors including budget and available equipment. I'll just go with options that I personally own since that is what I am working with 90% of the time.

    Vocal Handheld: Heil PR22 or Audix OM5
    Lav: Contryman B6/B3 or DPA 4065 (not a lav but still...)
    Small Vocal Ensembles: Shure KSM141 or Heil PR22
    Large Vocal Ensembles: Shure KSM141
    Ambient/Hang Microphone: Ambient: Sennheiser e614 or Sennheiser ME64, Hanging:Audio-Technica ES933C
    Floor/Boundry: Crown PCC160

    Kick: Audix D6
    Snare: Shure SM57 Beta57A
    Toms: Sennheiser e604
    Hi-Hat: Shure Beta57A
    Overheads: Shure SM81
    Ride: Shure SM81
    Auxilary/Misc Percussion: Sorta vague, probably SM57, Beta57A, or an SDC

    Acoustic Guitar: Shure KSM141, Shure SM57 or DPA 4099
    Acoustic/Upright Bass: DPA 4099 or Shure Beta57A
    Cello: DPA 4099 or Shure Beta57A
    Violin/Viola: DPA 4099
    Harp: Shure Beta57A or KSM141

    Trumpet: DPA 4099
    Trombone: DPA 4099
    Saxaphone: DPA 4099
    Woodwinds: DPA 4099

    Piano: DPA 4099
    Guitar Amp: Sennheiser e609/Countryman Type 85
    Bass Amp: Sennheiser e609/Countryman Type 85
     
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2011
  13. GoldPhoenix

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    Vocal Handheld:Shure Beta 87a
    Small Vocal Ensembles: MXL 990's
    Large Vocal Ensembles:Audio Technica AT897
    Ambient/Hang Microphone: stuck with audio technica somethings....
    Floor/Boundry: can't remember the names....

    Kick: wire an 8" subwoofer as an input.
    Snare: 2x sm57 (top and bottom)
    Toms: modified sm57's
    Overheads: mxl 603

    Acoustic Guitar: Mxl r144

    Brass and woodwinds: large diaphragms or ribbon mics where possible

    Piano: 3x SM58's
    Guitar Amp: depends on tone i am looking for. i like to run a sm57 from behind the cab sometimes and the mxl 990 infront, off center of cone and 1-3 feet away. harp mics are pretty cool on cabs too
    Bass Amp: DI that thing.... but a modified sm57 or a shure pg52 running through a gate if i must. or take a 1/4" TRS out from the amp...

    ~Allan
     

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