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Re: mic recommendations; akg C3000 any thoughts?

I have a pair of the C3000b's, and I love them. It really depends on the 
model, I had an original C3000 and hated it, very brittle and harsh on the 
high end. The C3000b is much better, IMHO one of the great cheap mics, I 
it for acoustic guitars, percussion, drum overheads, pretty much anywhere 
have to when O run out of better mics :-)

All this mic talk is so subjective though, a mic I might love, you might 
onto a source and curse my name. So take everything I say with a grain or 
of fine grain sea salt :-)

The message board at tapeop.com is a great place to discuss this kind of 
stuff in the company of relatively cool people.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "L.A. Angulo" <labaloops@yahoo.com>
To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2007 1:50 PM
Subject: 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...
> Luis
> --- Mech <mech@m3ch.net> 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
>> technology
>> 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
>> trick:
>> 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
>> sturdy.
>> 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.
>> --m.
>> -- 
>> _____
>> "I want to keep you alive so there is always the
>> possibility of
>> murder... later"
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