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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: What mic or mics do you use for recording and why?


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Banjojono - Posted - 01/04/2020:  14:50:35


Just wanted to hear what mics you guys use to record your banjo and which gives the best sound in your opininion. What do you consider a good budget mic and a good expensive mic?

Old Hickory - Posted - 01/04/2020:  16:58:04


A good budget mic is an Audio Technica AT2020. It’s a condenser mic. I think it’s a medium diaphragm. I bought it used after reading recommendations, some here.



I believe it captures the full range of banjo tone. Can’t describe much more because I don’t know a whole lot about recording technology. 



The audio in my two videos was recorded with the AT2020 to a Fostex digital recorder.


banjooud - Posted - 01/05/2020:  10:35:02


Oktava MK 012 is an excellent micro for banjo at a very reasonable price .
No need to look for anything else .
Another thing to consider : The quality of your preamp on your soundcard

cnoe - Posted - 01/06/2020:  11:12:49


I second this opinion. I am very happy with my Oktava MK 012 even compared to a Neumann KM184 I borrowed for comparison.

Banjojono - Posted - 01/06/2020:  11:48:07


I think I get a pretty good sound with my mic/mics but I was interested in what you guys all used. I think the acoustics in the room can effect the tone too. I normally use a warbler MKVI Condensor Mic but Iv'e just been experimenting with that and an akg p170 small Condensor pointing at the neck to record a stereo sound. I've also used a combination of pickup and mic to record in the past which worked quite well. I just need to improve on my playing now! wink


Edited by - Banjojono on 01/06/2020 11:48:48

rudy - Posted - 01/06/2020:  18:12:35


quote:

Originally posted by Banjojono

I think I get a pretty good sound with my mic/mics but I was interested in what you guys all used. I think the acoustics in the room can effect the tone too. I normally use a warbler MKVI Condensor Mic but Iv'e just been experimenting with that and an akg p170 small Condensor pointing at the neck to record a stereo sound. I've also used a combination of pickup and mic to record in the past which worked quite well. I just need to improve on my playing now! wink






I often recommend the P170s and I think they are one of the best kept secrets in SDCs.  A pair of them with make really nice spaced pair or X-Y configuration stereo recordings.

cantpick - Posted - 01/06/2020:  18:19:35


I heard Ron Stewart has recorded banjo with AT 4047, a $700 mic. It spikes a little bit around 6-7kHz.

I use the Shure SM81, a $350 mic. Its frequency response is pretty darn flat.

I've tried the Neumann TLM102 but I think it lacks in midrange for banjo. Also it's a $700 mic.

Banjojono - Posted - 01/07/2020:  00:04:41


That's interesting to hear about the Neumann 102. I thought about saving up for one, but if you say they lack a bit in midrange then maybe not. I've heard the 103 is good but that's even more money.

Yes, the p170s do sound pretty good. They are a bargain at around £58 I'm toying with getting another. Being a sdc they pick up the fast transient picking better.

rudy - Posted - 01/07/2020:  06:21:34


quote:

Originally posted by Banjojono

That's interesting to hear about the Neumann 102. I thought about saving up for one, but if you say they lack a bit in midrange then maybe not. I've heard the 103 is good but that's even more money.



Yes, the p170s do sound pretty good. They are a bargain at around £58 I'm toying with getting another. Being a sdc they pick up the fast transient picking better.






I once recorded the same vocal phrase and guitar passage with many of the mics I own, ranging from lower priced SDCs to LDCs in the pro-sumer range.  They were all placed in individual tracks in my DAW so I could toggle them off or on individually.   In the real world I found that the P170 performed very closely to mics like the Rode NT1-A and my favorite LDC, the Roswell K-47.



I have an unmatched pair of the P170s and if there's a difference it's not discernable to my ear.

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