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Re: mic recommendations; akg C3000 any thoughts?
whar are your thoughts on the AKG C3000? i am curious
because i have it but i havenīt really been able to
warm up to it, although it was highly recomended.Ive
tried recording acoustic guitars with it but i just
dont like the sound too much,it seems a bit cold
somehow.Maybe i am doing something wrong...
--- Mech <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> At 3:21 AM -0700 6/16/07, RICK WALKER wrote:
> >I've always had to attempt champagne living on a
> beer budget
> >throughout my musical career as a professional
> >producer/drummer/percussionist/band leader.
> I can wholeheartedly agree with the same philosophy.
> So, in the same
> spirit, here's another mic tip.
> Back in the mid-80's, I was going through recording
> classes at university. Our teacher -- who was also
> a professional
> studio owner of a pretty darn nice studio for its
> day, mostly
> catering to overflow from the Nashville market --
> showed us this
> He took a fairly high-end AKG microphone which cost
> several hundred
> dollars (I think it was the original C1000), and
> scoped it on the
> RTA. He then brought out this *thing*. It looked
> like a soda straw
> with a bunch of electrical tape and a jack on one
> end. He plugged in
> that mic and scoped it, then compared the two
> snapshots -- the
> frequency response was identical! We spent a little
> more time doing
> blind tests between the real mic and this little
> homemade thing, and
> none of us could tell the difference.
> Here's what he had done. He had gone down to Radio
> Shack, and
> purchased one of the mic elements they sell in the
> parts section.
> He'd then soldered wires to the terminals, and run
> the element
> (rear-end first) down an ordinary drinking straw,
> merely taping
> around the sides to hold it in place. On the
> opposite end of the
> wires running down the inside of the straw, he
> soldered a standard
> XLR jack. Later, he showed us a more "advanced"
> model where he'd
> soldered an adapter for a 9-volt battery and a cheap
> switch, so he
> wouldn't have to rely on phantom power.
> It turns out that the Rat Shack mic elements were
> from the exact same
> parts source as those in the AKG. The only
> difference was that AKG
> would put them through a bit more QC. Occasionally,
> he'd have to use
> two or three elements before finding one that was
> perfect. The soda
> straw was merely a quick and easy housing to build
> everything around.
> You could just as easily use something a little more
> Considering the cost (95 cents for each mic element,
> $1.95 for a good
> XLR jack, and a few pennies for wire, solder, and a
> straw), it was
> worth the time to check a couple of elements.
> Especially since you
> were getting a $400 mic for less than $5.
> "I want to keep you alive so there is always the
> possibility of
> murder... later"
Bored stiff? Loosen up...
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