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I'm starting to incorporate my takamine classical into my mixes and need to be led in the right direction regarding decent mics under $300. As of right now all i have is an sm57 & 58. I rarely record instruments so haven't really needed to throw this kind of mic into the mix yet. I do also need a vocal mic as well, but for now the sm's are covering that ground.

The only one i just recently looked at in that range was the ADK A6. Also looks like a pair of Rode NT5's for about $325 on ebay is a pretty solid option as well.

Any recommendations are truly appreciated. Thx

ps, i do mostly electro-pop kind of stuff if that helps...

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Well this is a very subjective question that you ask.
After you read through a few replies you should be able to get a sense of some "go to" mics... any of which will work.
And you will want to get what you can afford.

There are factors such as mic placement, mic levels, room treatment, etc.

When I record my Martin, I use my SM58 and my RODE NT-1... plus the direct out of the Martin. I aim the 58 at about the 12th fret on a 45 degree angle and put the RODE in front of the sound hole from 6" to a foot away. I also use a pop filter on the RODE for overly percussive pick hits.

This way I have 3 sources to blend when mixing.


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Ya, i realize that... I also realize that it comes down to me trying a few out and seeing which suits me best. I'm really just looking for a few suggestions to get me started in the right direction. I've looked at a few other forums as well, but thought i'd check in here to see what fellow S! users are using with good results. I have a very modest set up at the moment but am slowly building the necessary equipment to hopefully get somewhat decent mixes in a little bedroom studio.

thanks for your reply. and btw, how is the NT1 working for you as far as recording the acoustic? I was keeping that one saved for a different vocal mic, but maybe i should check it out if i can get good results on both my guitar and vox.

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overcoat wrote:
Ya, i realize that... I also realize that it comes down to me trying a few out and seeing which suits me best. I'm really just looking for a few suggestions to get me started in the right direction. I've looked at a few other forums as well, but thought i'd check in here to see what fellow S! users are using with good results. I have a very modest set up at the moment but am slowly building the necessary equipment to hopefully get somewhat decent mixes in a little bedroom studio.

thanks for your reply. and btw, how is the NT1 working for you as far as recording the acoustic? I was keeping that one saved for a different vocal mic, but maybe i should check it out if i can get good results on both my guitar and vox.


I would also checkout the AT4040.
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My go-to mic for everything I record is a Rode NT-1a. It most always has the overall tone I need for anything I record.

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I'll just go ahead and validate your original choices. Particularly the ADK A6 It's a truly great microphone for what you want to do. I'd try and audition one if you can first, but they're a little hard to come by in the shops. I've got one and swear by it for strings, and it also works well on a pretty wide range of vocals.

The Rode mics are good, I tend to find them a LITTLE sibilant, but that's a personal taste thing.

If you want to go a little higher in price and try a tube mic, I can vouch for the Avantone mics. They're basically modified versions of some standards, but Avantone is a great company and their quality control is excellent.

Lastly the Audio Technica 4000 series are excellent also...standards I'd say in a lot of studios.
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Alright, i think at the moment I'm steering towards the ADK A6 and the AT 4040. I unfortunately can't pick anything up til may, but at least i've got the ball rolling . That'll give me a little time to look at more options... Gonna get some room treatment at the same time... May is gonna be a good month

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I use the Miteck C5 on acoustic and they sound amazing. You would swear that the guitar was in the room with you when you listen back to the recorded guitar part. No color mic....love it
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Try a Blue Bluebird. They retail for about $300 or used from $150-200. I have two of them that I have used on everything from vocals to acoustic guitars to electric guitars to drum overheads. I really like them for the price!
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