looking to upgrade my mic...

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  1. Other Wise

    Other Wise New Member

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    i have an AKG 220...and my friend just got the Rode nt1-a...the Rode sounds less muffled then my AKG using my same set up...so i want to upgrade my mic...i want something that sounds good...i know the Rode sounds good but i figured i'd see if there was anything better before just going and buying the same thing he has

    i was looking at:

    AKG 420:


    AKG Perception 420 Condenser Microphone Specifications:

    * Capsule: Large-diaphragm Dual-capsule
    * Polar patterns: Cardioid, omni, figure-eight
    * Frequency range: 20 - 20,000 Hz
    * Sensitivity: 18 mA
    * Preattenuation pad: 0 dB , -20 dB
    * Bass-cut filter: 12 dB/octave at 300 Hz
    * Max. SPL for 0.5%: THD 135 dB / 155 dB (0 / -20 dB)
    * Impedance: <200 ohms
    * Recommended load impedance: >1,000 ohms
    * Powering: 48 V phantom power
    * Current consumption: < 2 mA
    * Output connector: Gold-plated 3-pin XLR-type
    * Finish: Metallic blue
    * Dimensions: 2.1"W x 6.3"L (53 x 160mm)
    * Net / Shipping Weight: 525 g (18.5 oz) / 955 g (33.7 oz)
    * Standard accessories: Metal case, screw-on spider suspension

    and then i noticed they had an 820 out...

    AKG 820:


    Transducer
    Condenser

    Polar Pattern
    Omnidirectional, Cardioid, and Figure 8 (Plus 6 Intermediate)

    Frequency Response
    20Hz - 20kHz

    Dynamic Range (Typical)
    Not Specified by Manufacturer

    Signal-to-Noise Ratio
    16dBA

    Maximum Input Sound Level
    155dB (With -20dB Pad Engaged)

    Power Requirements
    110-240VAC, Power Supply Included

    Output Impedance
    200 Ohms

    Output Connectors
    Gold-Plated XLR Male

    Pad
    -20dB

    Low Frequency Roll-Off
    Yes, Switchable

    Dimensions
    8.3 x 2" (211 x 53mm)

    Weight
    1.9 lbs (0.87kg)

    but i've also been reading around and haven't seen a lot of people that stand by AKG mics...i want to stay around the 600 dollar area and i'm up for any brand of mic as long as it is good...i've been searching the net all morning trying to find reviews and haven't been able to find anything worth a damn so i figured i'd ask here...

    my set up right now is a Tascam dp-02cf mixing board
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    and this presonus channel strip
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    thats what i am using to record now but i have an M-Audio ProjectMix in the mail being sent to me now so i figured i might as well upgrade my mic while i'm at it...any help will be greatly appreciated

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  2. Mr. ROUSH

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    well here's the thing.. there is no "best" mic in a given price range.. The mic that works well for you might be cheap or expensive.. the key is that it fits your voice.. The mic that works well for me, might not work worth a darn for the next guy.. It all depends on your voice.. it also depends on what kind of sound you're going for..

    Here are some links you should read about mics that should be helpfull for you..

    Some Thoughts about "Better", "Best", and Mic Recommendations - Home Recording

    http://www.itrstudio.com/MIC_CHAT.PDF

    The best way to decide on a mic would be to try them out and hear them to see which one sounds like what you're going for.. I know that's a luxury that's hard to come by, but it's worth it if you can find a way.

    don't get caught up in the hype.. make sure to consider some dynamic mics as well.. a very, very popular dynamic mic is the shure sm7b.. very widely used in rap vocals.. It's around $350 new.. Look at the AT4050.. check out the shure ksm32 and ksm44.. both very popluar mics and widely used..

    So anyway, check out the links above.. Hope that they are helpfull. Best of luck to you.
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  3. Akademik Prod

    Akademik Prod Microphone Menace

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    I use the MXL990 Condenser Mic.. Works wonders...

    I want a Shure KSM-32 oneday, though...
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  4. Other Wise

    Other Wise New Member

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    thank you so much for the info and provided links...i'll get right on that and let you know what i come up with

    i have an mxl990 and it just sits there...i hate the way it sounds...i'm actually just giving it away to some random person on youtube...my AKG 220 and the Rode nt1-a both sound so much better then the mxl
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  5. Akademik Prod

    Akademik Prod Microphone Menace

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    Lol, well the mxl was less than $100.... The mic is good imo, but its always good to upgrade if you can...
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