So how much was the Flea 12There is no such thing as "the best" condenser mic, there are so many factors to consider... For example individual sound, room sound, type of music, other equipment used. Personally, I'd always prefer a ribbon mic (for example a Royer 121 or a Coles 4038) to a large diaphragm condenser because I don't like the accentuated bright top end. Having said that, we recently got a Flea 12 http://www.flea-microphones.com/mics_vintage.html - It has a beautiful smooth, silky top end - I absolutely love it!
Yea the EV are great sax mic's.Lots of warmth.I do fancy the SE 4400 and I want a ribbon mic.Just so I've got 1.Courtney Pine uses the SE 4400 and the top end SE ribbon mic.Thats over a grand so out for now.I started a recent thread around here about budget microphones.
I added this to the collection
and it is a great companion for my nohype ribbon. I never thought to a small diaphragm on the bass clarinet, but it works great.
The ribbon is more coloured, the CM3 more defined. If I had to step up on microphones to record a saxophone, the Coles would be my choice. Probably no condenser would equal its quality at that price range.
EV RE20 (similar to davesaxboy's choice) is another great option. Wonderful for live too.
Neumann are great mics so any would be a good choice.Depends what sound you want.Thats when it gets say.Other more advanced mic geeks might give you better help.All midrange condenser mics will give you a nice sound,each different but then theres EQ and mixing to get to grips with.I've been recording a lot the last year and every couple of weeks I stumble on a little tweak here or there and I get atad better at the mixing,EQ thing.
I would not agree that all Neumanns are great/equally suitable for sax. Unfortunately the Neumanns they don't make anymore these days are arguably the best ones. There is just no modern Neumann that's anywere close to a U47 or U67, the U87 is pretty much an industry standard and a very good and reliable mic, yet I don't think it can beat a good ribbon or valve mic on sax. Btw, it's not just about the mic, the preamp makes a massive difference, too.
No, not at all. We had an eye on a Flea47, but we also tried the Flea 12, a Mojave (they are made by Mr Royer) and a Royer 122V (a valve ribbon mic, absolute killer!!).Were all of them C12 inspired?