Overhead mics

jdavis

Member
These get a lot of hate on gearslutz/forums but a metal producer Iike, Dave Otero, uses an NT6 on snare and I think it sounds great.

NT6 at 4.45, it's the same capsule and parts as the NT5, just set up as a remote capsule.
Funny how the classics almost always come out on top. For me, the 57, 441 or 421 would get the nod.

If I were short on cash, I'd spend most of my budget on decent overheads/room mics, then pick up some of those Pyle dynamics and a decent kick mic. (y)
 

microkit

Senior Member
Funny how the classics almost always come out on top. For me, the 57, 441 or 421 would get the nod.

If I were short on cash, I'd spend most of my budget on decent overheads/room mics, then pick up some of those Pyle dynamics and a decent kick mic. (y)
You can't beat mixing and matching on sale; Blue Encore 100i when they're buy one/get one + whichever Sennheiser or Beyer kick mic is on the best sale.
 

ToneT

Well-known member
Lewitt LCT 040 Match are really nice condensers, especially for their price. Matched pair available.
I'm currently checking them out while patiently waiting for the return of my sE Electronics sE8 pair.
I love my Rode NT5 matched pair as well.
 

makinao

Silver Member
I have a NT55 matched pair here at home. I love their omni capsules, and once used them spaced half a meter apart, one meter above my head. Cymbals sound VERY nice.

I also just got a used pair of SM81s. I'll try them in an ORTF setup again just above my head during the mid-year school break.
 

wraub

Well-known member
I have a bunch of cheap dynamic mics, a condenser or two, and 2 AKG LDCs. I use the AKGs for pretty much everything.
 

dwsabianguy

Senior Member
My AKG C414 B-ULS are my first pick for overheads. I have a pair of AEA R84s, which are super dark and fat and need a lot of top end boost to sound the way I want them to most of the time, and Neumann KM184s, which have an upper midrange boost that I don't think is very flattering on cymbals.

I run a spaced pair above the kit, but it's not as wide as some spaced pairs I've seen.

I definitely do want to try out a pair of Earthworks or Sankens in my studio...
 

Supergrobi

Technical Supervisor
Yet another contender for not overly expensive overheads: Oktava MK012
I'd second that. They're the best overheads I had in my life. Very transparent and silky heights and an awesome bottom end. If one only has two channels for recording those would capture even the bass drum very well. No funny frequency response from the room since they're SDC. Various capsules available (omni, hyper cardioid) and very versatile (e.g. for recording acoustic guitar, grand pianos, strings, what ever). And the price is definitely a steal.
 
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