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Which Microphone do you prefer


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Jeanette

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#1

MikeMorrell

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#7
# 2.
Mic 1 sounder 'thinner'. The mid -bottom end of spectrum didn't come through for me.
Mic 2 sounded much fuller and balanced to me over the whole spectrum. The higher frequencies still came through (as on mic 1) but the mid-bottom frequencies were more audible and much better in balance.

I don't pretend that I know anything about this stuff but this is my vote from the Netherlands ;)
Mike
 

jbtsax

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#9
Number 2 is a bit more to my liking. That melody is coming along quite nicely. I can tell you have worked quite a bit on that song. One of the difficulties on soprano especially is to try to match the timbre or color of the notes as much as possible. Of course the one that sticks out the most is the open C#. The note a half step away is the D that has quite a "mellow" sound which contrasts with the C# which is very "open" and dry sounding. You may want to experiment with playing the C# with the "long fingering" which is the low C# fingering with the octave key. It often helps the C# to more closely match the tone color of the D. On some saxes it helps to raise the first finger on the left hand, but on some it doesn't work.
 
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Lewes, East Sussex
#11
it's a bit much to ask a poor old zoom which is anyway cheap beyond belief to act as a high-quality microphone and an analogue/digital converter either of which you could comfortably spend thousands on. any dedicated microphone is almost certainly going to sound better. the zoom is in stereo too, so that's 2 microphones for the price of none. the zoom uses a condenser style mike and the pg58 is a dynamic mike - generally less bright in tone and a bit fuller. reviews i have read of the pg58 do not inspire much confidence - try for a better dynamic mike, an sm58 secondhand since they're generally regarded as indestructible, or an sm48 (which i have never tried). but there are lots of cheapish dynamic mikes available.
 
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#13
4! well, it does different things to a microphone, it's a recorder, so 'versatility' is certainly a consideration. however, try doing live vocals or saxophone through a zoom at a gig and see. the microphone is the sound source and any recording of a bad sound source is a bad recording. my point is that the zoom makes itself versatile by doing a large number of things not very well. i would defend specialisation, myself.
 

Guenne

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Austria
#14
Hi,
I have to buy a mic for live, as my cheap AKG clip stopped working.
I ordered 3 mics from Thomann, a SD Systems Clip, a dpa clip and a Beyerdynamic M201TG.
dpa is condenser, SD and Beyerdynamic are dynamic.

dpa seems very tricky to set up, very fragile. Soundwise, it seemed very shrill to me.
I have recorded some files with Alto and Tenor using the mics and comparing it to my Avantone condenser:

Mikros Thomann

It's surprising how well the M201 compares to the Avantone. It's a hyper cardioid and may fit the acoustics of my room better. €185,- is a very good price IMHO, as you can use it both live and for studio work, at least homerecording.

M201TG-large.jpg


Cheers, Guenne
 

Jeanette

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#17
@nigeld

https://soundcloud.com/jeanette-7%2Fthis-is-all-i-ask View: https://soundcloud.com/jeanette-7/this-is-all-i-ask


This has tested my editing skills :)

Two recordings: Nohype mic with focusrite interface & fethead v zoom. I recorded the mic straight into audacity but had to upload and try and synch the zoom with the bt.

They were recorded at the same time and with the mics as close together as I could.

I put the mic track on both channels and added reverb to one channel. The same reverb was added to the zoom

Jx
 

nigeld

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#19
Two recordings: Nohype mic with focusrite interface & fethead v zoom. I recorded the mic straight into audacity but had to upload and try and synch the zoom with the bt.

They were recorded at the same time and with the mics as close together as I could.
Many thanks for doing this.

Sounding good.

I think the first is much clearer and the sax generally sounds quite a lot better. The sax volume seems to be a bit higher, which helps, but it is not just that.

Darn it! - that means I want a microphone and an interface box.
GAS attack pending!
 
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Location
Lewes, East Sussex
#20
i know. it's always complicated and expensive. talikng of which i adjusted my own mike setup for recording with 'meshmass' round here and it has sounded like i've been drowning at the far end of an enormous cavern for about three weeks now. god help me, i used to do this for money.....