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Eddie Matthews

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Re: overhead micing -- HELP!
« Reply #10 on: August 30, 2004, 12:31:20 pm »

Wow, memory lane.  I ended up with a coupla those when a band I was in broke up back in the early eighties.

I had one in the studio the other day, just for yucks.  We ended up using it on a screamer vocal track and for some guitar overdubs.  It was a bit too dark IMO for drum overheads.  Of course, many years of smoke and beer spillage may have changed the "character" of these particular mics a bit.  Smile
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Re: overhead micing -- HELP!
« Reply #11 on: August 31, 2004, 01:39:57 pm »

I've had good luck using AKG C535's and Shure KSM137's for overheads.

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Re: overhead micing -- HELP!
« Reply #12 on: August 31, 2004, 09:08:49 pm »

Hi Troy-

Since you asked for some alternates, you should consider the AKG C391 and the Oktava MC-012.  The mics are of different charactor, but I use them both successfully.

The Oktava is usually around $100 at Ukelele Center.  Sometimes compared to the Neumann KM184.  It ain't no 184, but it's open, warm, and detailed.  I own a half dozen....

The C391 has a tighter pattern and sounds a little brighter than the Oktava, I like it for jazz and big band, and it's a decent mic to own if you do orchestra work.  Cost is similar to the Shure, maybe a little more.  I own a half dozen....

If you've already bought the SM81, consider the Oktava for high hat.

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Re: overhead micing -- HELP!
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2004, 12:39:57 am »

Hi,

Another option is the AKG C430, it is a cymbol overhead mic, in a lower price range.

Tom Bennett
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Re: overhead micing -- HELP!
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2004, 10:37:12 pm »

thanks everyone!!!  i will have my SM81 on friday.

peace.
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