Music Banter

Go Back   Music Banter > Artists Corner > Stereo & Production Equipment
Register Blogging Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Welcome to Music Banter Forum! Make sure to register - it's free and very quick! You have to register before you can post and participate in our discussions with over 70,000 other registered members. After you create your free account, you will be able to customize many options, you will have the full access to over 1,100,000 posts.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 06-08-2009, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
Groupie
 
Masterblaster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: OC
Posts: 14
Default Cheapest and best microphone?

Prolly a re-post but what's the best (in your opinion) microphone out there that can produce high quality sound (also for video production) that does not cost an arm and a leg....

Put it in terms of, these mics might get destroyed during action and filming, but budget is very limited. Just want quality sound but not pay too much (if there even is such a thing).
Masterblaster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-08-2009, 08:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
Partying on the inside
 
Freebase Dali's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 5,329
Default

How are you going to be using the microphone? On a boom and at a distance? Closeup? Is it for recording speech or FX?

In other words, what is your specific application going to be?
(it matters)
__________________
Freebase Dali is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2009, 12:37 AM   #3 (permalink)
Facilitator
 
VEGANGELICA's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Where people kill 30 million pigs per year
Posts: 1,993
Default

Hi, Masterblaster,
I've been doing some sleuthing online and around MusicBanter while researching microphones, and have learned that the condenser microphones MXL 990 (for vocals) and MXL 991 (intended for acoustic guitar and drum overhead) are highly recommended and fairly inexpensive (the package with the two microphones costs $80 at Musician's Friend). People gave them very good reviews, so I am wondering if there may be some microphone in the MXL family that would suit your filming/action uses? For example, people wrote that these microphones work well as overall room microphones, which I imagine may be what you'd need. You can learn more about the package by googling MXL 990/MXL 991 Recording Microphone Package.
--Erica

Last edited by VEGANGELICA; 07-12-2009 at 12:55 AM.
VEGANGELICA is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2009, 01:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
Al Dente
 
SATCHMO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 4,690
Default

Most likely you'll want a large directional condenser, AKA a "shotgun" mic, which is what is normally used on film sets as a boom mic. You can get an Audio Technica ATR-55 Condenser shotgun mic on Amazon for $53.00. It should serve your purposes quite well.

Here is a link:

Amazon.com: Audio Technica ATR-55 Condenser Shotgun Microphone: Musical Instruments
SATCHMO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-14-2009, 04:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
Music Addict
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 55
Default

when it comes to recording, we used a Blue Bluebird condenser mic. It was used to record the guitar (both acoustic and electric) along with vocals. $300 dollars is a lot better than some other microphones, and I plan on getting one like in the studio asap.

Buy Blue Bluebird Large Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone | Condenser Microphones | Musician's Friend
Omaha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 10:18 AM   #6 (permalink)
Groupie
 
quadrabay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Danvers, Massachusetts
Posts: 5
Smile

Hi Everyone,

I have to echo Vegangelica's MXL recommendation very strongly. These large diaphragm condensers (need Phantom Power!) mics are VERY nice for such LOW money.

What's also great is that if you absolutely need "next level" mics, Omaha's $300 pricepoint is MUCH nicer than the thousands we'd have to have paid years ago.

Despite some of the uglinesses of our time, great microphone technology at affordable entry levels is one of the Positives!

Take Care,
Erik
__________________
Erik Swanson
Your Humble Host
www.danverstalks.com
quadrabay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 03:05 PM   #7 (permalink)
Al Dente
 
SATCHMO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 4,690
Default

FOr the OP's application the MXLs probably would not be the best choice. A large Diaphragm condenser is not likely to provide the pinpoint directionality from a distance that a shotgun mic will provide. Yes, phantom power is an issue that will likely need to be adressed with most appropriate condenser choices. Bot of those MXLs are great mics, especially for the price, but I don't think they would fit in with the OPs purpose.
SATCHMO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-15-2009, 06:35 PM   #8 (permalink)
Partying on the inside
 
Freebase Dali's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 5,329
Default

Satch is right.
I own an MXL Mogami LDC and it's good for vocals and room ambiance. I've tried it in other scenarios and it just has too wide of a pickup pattern to make it effective for using in any kind of directionality.

Typically you would find directional condensers in overhead microphones for drums, which aid in providing separation for L/R stereo. Finding a microphone that has the same narrow pickup pattern as drum overheads would suit your application if you're intending on doing audio work for film.

Basically, what Satchmo is saying is relevant and correct.
__________________
Freebase Dali is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-16-2009, 07:16 AM   #9 (permalink)
Groupie
 
quadrabay's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Danvers, Massachusetts
Posts: 5
Default

What do you folks recommend for cheap but good in Shotguns? I've gotten by with lavs for most of the video stuff I do but I'd love to know about a shotgun equivalent in price vs power to the MXLs

Thanks,
Erik
__________________
Erik Swanson
Your Humble Host
www.danverstalks.com
quadrabay is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2009, 01:27 AM   #10 (permalink)
Groupie
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Posts: 22
Default

I recommend you shift a portion of your budget from something else to getting a microphone that isn't described as 'cheap'. You need to spend $300 just to get a decent microphone and honestly you should probably be looking at mics in the $700 range (Neumann TLM-103 slightly used on ebay). That is about the cheapest you're going to find a mic for that actually transmits the same sound you put into it. Just my thoughts
brykupono is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Similar Threads



© 2003-2020 Advameg, Inc.