Under $300 condenser for fingerstyle guitar?

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Under $300 condenser for fingerstyle guitar?

Postby shmoolie » May 10th, 2014, 3:41 am

Every couple years, I get a bug up my ass to look for a mic especially for fingerstyle acoustic guitar. I'd use it for other things, too. But, it must capture the highs & lows of Travis-style picking without sounding tinny.

It always seems to come down to buying a single large condenser, cause I have a cheapo MXR large condenser and it almost works. It's non-finnicky to set up and it captures everything - but, very badly (tinny, sterile, woodless). So, I figure: large condenser - a better one. In my price range, it's been the usual suspects, for many years. Rode NT, ATwhatever…

What's the haps in this field, currently? Any new & exciting offerings or outstanding bargains?

BTW: if this ain't the right kinda mic for fingerstyle - lemme know, if you please.

FWIW: it will be plugged into a Apogee Duet preamp/interface. Yes, it provides phantom power.

Thanks!
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Re: Under $300 condenser for fingerstyle guitar?

Postby J-Bot » May 10th, 2014, 7:22 am

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Maybe take a look at the SE Electronics SE 2200A or the 2200A MK II C (cardioid) condensers. I've had some fairly good results with them for acoustic guitars. I think they run around $250. If it still doesn't sound quite right, play around with the position.

Otherwise, the usual suspects will probably work just fine. Rode NT 2A, NT 1A, maybe one of the Sennheiser condensers? IME, the AT-whatever mics tend to be a bit bright, though I just have a pair of AT-2020's.
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Re: Under $300 condenser for fingerstyle guitar?

Postby shmoolie » May 11th, 2014, 12:56 am

Thanks. That SE does look interesting.
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Re: Under $300 condenser for fingerstyle guitar?

Postby Big Tim » May 11th, 2014, 9:13 am

J-Bot wrote:Maybe take a look at the SE Electronics SE 2200A or the 2200A MK II C (cardioid) condensers. I've had some fairly good results with them for acoustic guitars. I think they run around $250. If it still doesn't sound quite right, play around with the position.
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Re: Under $300 condenser for fingerstyle guitar?

Postby Ledger Note » May 7th, 2015, 8:36 pm

I know it's just out of your range, but I bet you can score one used for $300. I absolutely love the Rode NTK for anything where the high's need crystalline clearness. It picks up bass fine. It's a bright feel. You could look at an Oktava mk319 if you want to go for a bit of a darker feel and accentuate the bass more.
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Re: Under $300 condenser for fingerstyle guitar?

Postby MASSIVE Mastering » May 7th, 2015, 10:34 pm

Speaking of Rode -- Recently did a bunch of live stuff and live tracking with a small bunch of (Rode) M5's --

$200 for a matched pair and no complaints... Startlingly decent for the $$$...
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Re: Under $300 condenser for fingerstyle guitar?

Postby ditto » May 8th, 2015, 12:54 am

MASSIVE Mastering wrote:Speaking of Rode -- Recently did a bunch of live stuff and live tracking with a small bunch of (Rode) M5's --

$200 for a matched pair and no complaints... Startlingly decent for the $$$...


How was it that you were using a bunch of M5's?

What were you using them on?
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Re: Under $300 condenser for fingerstyle guitar?

Postby jimtroll » January 25th, 2017, 4:27 am

Old thread I know, but I use either a matched pair of M-Audio Pulsar II's, or a Rode nt2a. Tempted to try nt2a in the room and an MXLR144 Ribbon up close. That could be a good foil for an overly bright sounding guitar.
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Re: Under $300 condenser for fingerstyle guitar?

Postby Farview » January 31st, 2017, 12:59 pm

Don't rule out sdc's. SM81 will do a fine job, as will ocatva MK012s.

Small mics are sometimes easier to place as well.
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