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69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

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Aug 15th, 2017 07:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looking to get a new new mike for my home studio,

I currently have an AKG perception 100 which although has done a good job over the years I an sure could be upgraded.

I am looking an the AKG 214, The Blue Bluebird or Baby Bottle or even the Neuman TLM 102.

Anyone on the forum have experience with these ? It would be for main and backing vocals in order to produce polished demos and possibly even for local radio play.

thanks !


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Aug 15th, 2017 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've used all of these mentioned. Of the one's you've listed I would pick the Blue Baby Bottle. If you want an AKG mike, save your money and get the 414, which in my opinion is one of the best mikes on the market at any price. The TLM 102 is not impressive in my opinion. The only thing it really has going for it is it says "Neumann" on it. I'd take an AKG 414 over that mike any day of the week and twice on Sunday. There isn't a source that I've put that mike on that didn't sound great! Don't rule out Rode mikes either in this price range.

Achase4u

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Aug 15th, 2017 12:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You are in the area of good choices for mics for sure. So no worries either way. All just different flavors.

214 and 414s are very clean and clear. The 102 is sort of the Neumann equivalent to a Shure KSM32 in some ways. They are decent mics, but very plain sounding. I have however heard some great things done with them.

They do have a smaller sound to them, though.

Lots of great ways to go. If you like an intense more modern sound, the Miktek line of mics are good.

Piano tlm 102

69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

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Aug 16th, 2017 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Interesting info I would have thought the neumann would be the top of the heap.

I quite cant afford the AKG 414 so will look at the 214/314 and the Blue Baby Bottle as well

Which Rode model would you recommend ?

the Miktek seem to be over my price range as well

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Aug 16th, 2017 07:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have had a Studio Projects tube mic for many years, TB1 I think. Based on that experience, I'd look at their offerings if I was in the market.

Achase4u

U.S. - Virginia

Aug 16th, 2017 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was thinking more along the lines of the mk300 which is 299

Some of the TLM's are amazing, some are decent. Unfortunately not everything from Neumann has the wow factor these days. Really though, the TLM series(transformerless-microphone) doesn't have much of the Neumann sound people are used to from the days of old when tube and transformer designs reigned. TLM's are very, very clean mics.

The 214 will give you a vocal mic, piano mic, drum overhead, acoustic guitar mic etc. So its not a bad choice. It is also very clean, and maybe more open than the TLM 102.

I honestly think the Rode Nt1's are a great buy for the money especially. I just had a guy send me trumpet parts for a session using an older NT1a and it was just great.

Mk300

Juice Nichols
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Aug 16th, 2017 10:55 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Which Rode model would you recommend ?"

I have a NT1a. Not bad at all on voice and acoustic guitar. I've also used the K2 which is a tube mike that works well.

Another mike I've been looking at is the Warm Audio WA87.


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Aug 18th, 2017 05:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a Rode NT-USB which is basically a NT1a only for direct USB recording. I bought one for recording dialog and sound tracks for training videos and I was so very impressed, I bought one for home. Beautiful big sounding mic for not much money. I also have an Audio Technica AT4033CL that is a really nice sounding mic. The Rode NT1a and AT4033CL are affordable mics with big performance.

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Aug 20th, 2017 01:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My "go to" mic for vocals is a Soundeluxe U195.

It's discontinued so perhaps you can find one at a reasonable price.


69tele

Rock Of Gibraltar

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Aug 25th, 2017 08:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well in the end from what my supplier had available I got the Blue Bluebird, the proper metal pop screen, and a pile of acoustic tiles to treat my room ...



Juice Nichols
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Aug 25th, 2017 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

That's a good mic. It will work well on several sources. Have fun with it!

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