Decent pair of small diaphragm instrument microphones using an electret condenser, with the option to power with phantom or battery power. Nice tone but require a decent preamplifier like their predecessor the BG 4.1. I tend to use these with a pair of RANE MS-1S preamps in order to get a good stereo image from the matched pair. They work well on acoustic guitar, not bad on piano and drum overheads, in fact are provided as part of the Shure Drum Microphone set.
The original NADY TCM 1100 (such as this beast) were manufactured by 797- Audio and were a highly prized microphone with good circuitry that lent itself to modifications and tube upgrades. The company subsequently moved the production to a cheaper design in an alternative factory which are not considered as desirable.
This is a nice sounding microphone that adds a little bit of that tube something to the recording. Used with a decent solid state pre-amp such as a Neve (or neve clone for us mortals) and it has just the right amount of warmth, add in a tube preamp and you have just gotten a bit carried away with your quest for vintage sound. Comes with its own power supply and 7 pin cable so you can't possibly use anything else if it breaks but otherwise a nice microphone for a reasonable price.
NB if you are looking at buying one of these second hand (and they won't let you pull it apart) the bevelled ring is the clue to the early designs. If they will let you pull it apart have a look at the pictures below for the difference between the old and new.
I have never been a great lover of Shure Microphones, in my opinion everything they do has been done better by the likes of AKG, Beyerdynamic and even Audio Technica. Nonetheless they are decent microphones. I use the Shure BG 4.1 infrequently but mainly because I have since purchased a pair of it's successor the PG81 which I use in its stead.
Decent for miking acoustic guitar and drum overheads, although I find them quite low in output and they really need a good microphone preamp to work successfully without noise. The tone is OK but the frequency response is nothing to write home about for a condenser microphone. They do have the the convenient ability to be powered by a AA battery if you don't have a handy phantom power source.
Great workhorses which are solid and reliable instrument dynamic microphones for instruments. Audio Technica's answer to Shure's SM 57 but with higher output, greater rejection of off-axis sounds and a smoother and flatter frequency response. I have several of the Audio Technica microphones and find they are all much better than they should be given their price range. These are great on toms, snares, guitar cabinets, piano and the odd smelly vox. If you see some cheap like I did grab them.
The AKG Perception series was AKG recognizing that not everyone wanting to record at home could afford the 1500 clams that it cost to purchase an AKG 414. The Perception 420 was the made in China version of the 414 and honestly it is pretty good. Featuring Cardioid, Omni and Figure 8 Polar patterns, bass cut off switch and switchable attenuation pad for recording high SPL's.
If I didn't have one of these I would want one, it is clear with low noise and nice tone. I don't know about the pretty powder blue but you can't have everything.
Another sub $20 microphone including the original box and sounds better than it has any right to do. About the size of a fat joint and lasting a whole lot longer, this is a great little microphone. Supposed to clip onto your person for broadcast work, I have used it effectively in live recordings for its omni polar pattern to pick up crowd noise etc. You can never have too many microphones in particularly of the vintage AKG persuasion.
Old Style dynamic microphone similar to what you the Beatles used to use in their early performances. I purchased this some time ago and then had to purchase a Tuchel to XLR adapter (on account of diabolical laziness). When the adapter finally arrived from Holland I threw it in a cupboard until about a week ago, when I thought "hey, why don't I plug in that old AKG and see whether it works". OMG does it work ! Straight from a low rent D660s to the D707c I was blown away by the warmth and tone of the old beast. It doesn't have the greatest frequency response but who cares, this may finally replace the D321 as my AKG dynamic of choice.
$10 on Ebaby from an ex hire company. The body of this microphone is so well used that I had to do a google image search to identify it. In typical AKG fashion this still works brilliantly. It has a much darker and warm tone than my D310 and it is very rock and roll. One of my favourite dynamic microphones and an almost automatic first choice if I am going to try recording vocals using a dynamic microphone.
The Beyerdynamic M300 is a cardioid pattern dynamic microphone for love vocal use and it is a quality microphone which includes an integral pop filter. The frequency response of the microphone has been specifically tailored to match the vocal range will prove better on vocals than most other sources. I purchased this microphone untested in a lot of 3 for $20. 2 of them worked and one made a fine paperweight. I have found this a good way to buy cheap microphones as I have only ever found one dynamic microphone that needed more than a simple repair.
I am a final year student of the RMIT Bachelor of Music Industry Course. As part of my major project I have created a home studio with which to record my own music. This website chronicles the process that was followed and the items used within the studio.