Thanks everyone. It looks like the Oktava is quite a bit more expensive. A friend had recommended the MXL. My dilemma is this is not for critical applications and most people won't know the difference, and price is an issue, so I should probably just go with something like that, but I'm too proud and like to stick with at least a certain level. I will likely take Dick up on his offer but am checking a couple more things.
Those of you who have real world experience with the Oktava, could you please give us some details about what you like about it? How does it compare with the standard go-to SDC such as Pro37, SM81, KMS184, etc.
I am wondering if the pick up pattern on the Oktavas might be too broad for this type of application? I do have some low cost Audix F15 mics and wonder if anyone can recommend those for this application?
Is it possible you had the omni capsules on them at the time?
I just used a pair on a children's choir outdoors for a Christmas tree lighting. There were about 20 kids in two rows with half on the ground and half on hay bales. The group was about 10 feet wide. The Oktavas were placed about 4 feet wide and about 1 foot above the first row of kids. The mains from the stage behind them were not used and instead two mackie srm450's were put on stands about 10 feet in front and 10 feet to the sides to try and reduce feedback issues. There were about 200 people in the audience in a 5-6 deep semi-circle butting right up to the srm450's.Well those kids did not project all that well and it was difficult getting much volume in the mains without feedback. It seems like the mics picked up the crowd - who were fairly quiet and at least 15 feet away - as much as the kids. I am wondering if the pick up pattern on the Oktavas might be too broad for this type of application? I do have some low cost Audix F15 mics and wonder if anyone can recommend those for this application?
... the worse mic ever created, with TLM103 close following.
Wow, I hadn't ever researched it but I didn't realize it wasn't very loved. When I bought a recording mic for my wife, I broke down and got a non-name brand non-American/European made ADK CE, but I was thinking I should have looked at the TLM103.
This is the 3031. Some searches end up showing the 3030 which is much larger and side-address. I couldn't attach a photo to a PM, so here it is in reply to JB's post.
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