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The microphone is the most important signal in the chain. Since different microphones work better for specific applications, We've made a big investment in a variety of mics. Manufacturing costs and technolgy costs have brought down the cost of quality microphones; we're all winners! The world is flat: we've got German, Austrian, Russian, American, Australian and Chinese mics.


Large FET Condensers

Small Condensers

Large Tube Condensers

Large Tube Condesers Description/Specs
Apex460 Tube-9 Pattern
 Apex 460
Dave Thomas in Vancouver swapped out the tube, some capacitors and the output transformer. Lush-I later installed an RK-12 Capsule.

Polar Patterns: 9 polar patterns.
Frequency Range: 20 Hz To 20 kHz A supreme C12 clone. Lots of threads on modding these. it's sounding great on Male/Female Vocals, Percussion and Room
Nady TCM 1150 Tube - 9 Pattern -
 Apex 460
I swapped out the tube, some capacitors and the output same BV11 tranformer from AA; I also installed a new RK-47 capsule. sounds great

Polar Patterns: 9 polar patterns.
Frequency Range: 20 Hz To 20 kHz A supreme C12 clone. Lots of threads on modding these. I didn't get a new capsule but it's sounding great on Male/Female Vocals, Percussion and Room
RODE NTK Tube Mic - 9 Pattern
Charger's NTK.   Excellent, it get's used as a Room mic, Vocals... Charger has gotten great drum sounds when using this as an overhead.
MXL V77 Tube Mic - Cardiod
6072 Tube! I love this thing on Rock male vocals and a Great Room mic Doesn't have a high-spl. Needed to get another supply for it.

Oktava MKL 2500 Tube Mics -Cardiod

Russia's oldest mic company. A tube Cardiod. Got a pair of these, work well on  any solo intruments, rooms and overheads. These are sensitive and present.  a lot less crunchy high end than the mxl v77
ACM 6802 Tube Mics - 9 Pattern
727 Audio in Bejing.... C12/U47 Clone. mics.

Large FET Condesers Description/Specs
AKG 3000 (2)

Polar Patterns: Cardioid Frequency Range: 20 Hz To 20 kHz Sensitivity: 25 Mv/Pa (-32dBv) Max. SPL for 0.5% THD: 140/150 dB Equivalent Noise Level: 14 dB-A Signal/Noise Ratio (A Weighted): 80 dB Preattenuation: -10 dB, Switchable Basscut Filter: 6 dB/Octave Below 500 Hz Impedance: 200 Ohms Recommended Load Impedance: >1000 Ohms Power Requirement: 9 - 52 V Phantom Power to Din 45596 Current Consumption:< 2 Ma Connector: 3-Pin Male XLR
Austrian- middle of the line; supposedly the same elenent as a 414 with cheaper casing; large-diaphragm cardioid condenser. I've got one silver and one black. These are the older model with a -10db pad, LF roll-off and a card/hyper-cardiod pattern. I love all the switches for the versatility. I've had moved these up Ceiling mounted goosenecks's for room mics and was  switching between these with the ECM omni's. I've since freed these up and I generally apply them on the Piano (I'm hoping to score a AMT M40), but I used these for Drum Overheads as well as for Upright Bass, Room Mics and voice.

Currently these don't get much use, Some people pan these mics, though I've got great sounds with them before.
797 Audio in Bejing.... Bright Multipattern. I'm using these as Drum over heads and with an omni pattern for Room
Studio Projects C1
797 Audio in Bejing.... the U87 knock-off supreme. Great on Male Vox! This is my favorite Mic, I use it on every thing with success. Vocals, Upright Bass, Piano and Guitar... Sweet. I modified this mic recently with a kit from Microphone-Parts.com .
SE Electronics SE 1000, Another Neumann U87 Knock off. ..more american designed, chinese built. Vox, Guitar + Bass amps, Kick, Acoustic Bass,
Small Condensers


TNC ACM-310 (4)
Small Diaphram Tube Condensor Mics:

TNC ACM-240 (5)
Small Diaphram Tube Condensor Mics:
Above Right
These do sound great  on Acoustic Guitar, Piano and Drum Overheads.

These have pads and rolloff; the sound good on Acoustic Guitar, percussion and hi-hat.
SE Electronics SE1 small diaphram Condenser. I often put this underneath snares especially with brushes. I like it on Sax, Acoustic Guitar and Piano , I'm still using this on the Hi-Hat and acoustic guitar

Studio Project C4 (pair)
I love small condensors and these are excellent! They get used on Piano, Overheads and guitars; with the omni caps, they work as great as spaced pairs room mics or in a M/S configuration.
C4 Specifications

Single diaphragm modular FET condenser microphone
Polar pattern:
cardioid (CC1) Omni-directional (OC1)
Frequency response:
12m V/Pa. where 1 pa = 94dB SPL
Output impedance:
<200 Ohm.
Load impedance:
>1200 Ohm.
Max SPL:
150 dB SPL with -10dB pad
Equivalent Noise:
16 DB SPL, (A-weighted per IEC268-15)
S/N ratio:
78 dB
Power requirement:
P48 +/-4V
Current consumption:
<2 ma
FET driven, discrete balanced output
Gold-plated 3-pin XLR
-10 dB
Low cut:
6 dB/Octave at 250 Hz.
.787€ (20mm)
3.3oz. (92g)
Oktava MK012/MC012 . These are my Drum Overheads. I also use them on acoustic guitar. I have the Scott Dorsey Modification parts and will busting out the soldering iron and replacing some key components on the internal pre-amps I've recently scored a second pair of the chinese MC012s; they aren't the same but still sound fair. I hear they work really well as tom mics...  I'd love to get the hyper-cardiod and omni caps.

MXL 603
Overheads, acoustics, perc! Bright. I occasionally borrow these when I've got a ton of musicians in both rooms. Charger, Ziemba and Charp all have a pair.
Naiant MSH-1 (2)

El Cheapo Omnis. Cool tiny, accurate and Cheap.

Behringer ECM 8000. Omni, measurement mics. Boy they're even on just about everything..... OMNI is way cool! Tuning the room... Omni room and fill. Type: electret condenser, omni-directional measurement mic Ultra-linear frequency response Evenly weighted, true omnidirectional pattern Phantom powered +15V to +48V Impedance: 600 Ohms Sensitivity: - 60 dB
Beta Green 4.0 Small diaphram Cardiod Condenser Small diaphram Condenser 40-18 KHz discontinued in 1997 I often aim this down at Hi Hat (away from snare). It's an old cheapie, but hey it's a shure and it sounds decent on most things including Sax, Piano, Guitar, http://www.shure.com/pdf/discontinued/bg40.pdf Polar Pattern Uni Cardioid)
Frequency Range 40 ... 18000 Hz
Sensitivity 4.0 mV/Pa
Impedance 600 Ohms
Ribbon Mics Description/Specs
Cascade  Fat Head
Fat head
Figure 8 RIBBON!

sounding great on Cello and violin! Also works well on guitar amps as well.

I replaced the stock transformer with a Lundahl.
ACM -240  Dual Ribbon (4)
Figure 8 RIBBON Gorgeous Flat Retro Design
ACM-4  Single Ribbon Royer Clone (2)
Figure 8 RIBBON Small profile great for multi-miking guitar amps or for tight places.
Western Electric 639
Figure 8 RIBBON From the Golden era
Altec 639B
multi-pattern RIBBON Sweet Ribbon-Dynamic.
Cascade Victor
Figure 8 RIBBON lovely long ribbonn
Figure 8 RIBBON Small profile with shock for tight places.
Nady RSM-1
Figure 8 RIBBON Small profile great for multi-miking guitar amps or for tight places.
Nady RSM-2
Figure 8 RIBBON Big Ribbon. I love this one on vocals.
Dynamic Mics Description/Specs
Sennheiseher HF 521 (MD 421 w/o bass rolloff) MD 421 / Black Fire 521
Classic, no roll-offs on this unit, but it sounds great on sax, kick and toms... needs a lot of gain, but I've got plenty on most of my pre's Polar Pattern Uni (Cardioid)
Frequency Range 30 ... 17000 Hz
Sensitivity 2 mV/Pa
Impedance 200 Ohms
Dimensions (XLR Version: U) 46 x 49 x 215 mm
Weight 0.385 kg
Shure beta 57

I've been using this on snare bottom and guitar cabs; It goes to the gigs for live vocals
Avantone ADM Snare Drum Mic

Frees up a few of my 57's and it's a bit beefier. Cool mount and drum clamp.
Shure SM 57 (2) The world's most used mic! Got one on the snare. One for any guitar amps, percussion or any other instrument
  Type: Dynamic Frequency Response: 40 to 15,000 Hz (see Figure 2) Polar Pattern: Unidirectional (cardioid), rotationally symmetrical about
microphone axis, uniform with frequency 3-pin professional audio connector (male XLR type)
Shure SM 58 (2)

  Smooth, mid-frequency presence rise provides the distinct, world-famous SM58 sound Uniform cardioid pickup pattern isolates the main sound source and minimizes background noise Pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noise Effective, built-in spherical wind and pop filter Frequency response: 50 to 15,000 Hz Variations: SM58 or SM58S (With On/Off Switch)
CAD KBM 412   Kick, toms, I often throw this on my Polytone and pick up some amp, when guys want a bit more than DI.. Nice EQ curve built in.
Sennheiser E602 Cardiod kick drum microphone. Nice thump on the kick. EQ built in. I'm getting a righteous sound, buy putting these pretty deep inside the bass drum at a slight angle to the beater, I combine it with a LDC about a foot away. KICK Frequency response 20Hz...16kHz
Transducer principle Pressure gradient receiver
Pick-up pattern Cardioid
Front-to-back-rejection at 1kHz
at 120 degrees >20dB
Sensitivity (free field, no load) 1kHz 1mV/Pa = -60dB (0dB=1V/Pa)
1mV/Pa = -80dB (0dB=1V/mbar) (USA)
Nominal impedance at 1kHz 250 ohms
Min. terminating impedance 1000 ohms
Sensitivity to magnetic field at 50Hz 1 µV/µT
Weight 550 g
Dimensions ˜ 60 , l = 153mm
Delivered with pouch and mic clip
Sennheiser E604 (3) Dynamic Cardioid Rack Tom and Snare Microphone. I've like using these on three toms when we want that big tom sound.     TOMS Frequency response: 40Hz...18kHz
Transducer principle: Pressure gradient receiver
Pick-up pattern: Cardioid
Front-to-back-rejection at 1kHz
at 120 degrees >25dB
Sensitivity (free field, no load) 1kHz 1.8mV/Pa = -55dB (0dB=1V/Pa)
1.8mV/Pa = -75dB (0dB=1V/mbar) (USA)
Nominal impedance at 1kHz 350 ohms
Min. terminating impedance 1000 ohms
Sensitivity to magnetic field at 50Hz 1 µV/µT
Weight 60 g
Dimensions ˜ 33 x 59mm

AKG D330 Cardiod  microphone. White Dyno - Cool on guitar.

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