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    ..... but won't clip and give nasty distortion? I have some battery powered cheap-o (I forget the name at the moment) mics that were like $79 each. Nice aluminum body and a quality feel, but they clipped without me knowing it and I had to re-record all my tracks which about killed me because I had some killer original takes.

    Anyway, how are the lower end Audio Technicas? or how about the Shure SM87A ?

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    Samson C02's aren't bad.
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    I've gotten pretty decent results with the CAD CM217's. You can get a pair of them for under a hundred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zone47 View Post
    ..... but won't clip and give nasty distortion? I have some battery powered cheap-o (I forget the name at the moment) mics that were like $79 each. Nice aluminum body and a quality feel, but they clipped without me knowing it and I had to re-record all my tracks which about killed me because I had some killer original takes.

    Anyway, how are the lower end Audio Technicas? or how about the Shure SM87A ?
    The AT2020 is a decent mic for $99. I just set up a pair of them with an i5 and d6 the other day. However, if you're planning on mic'ing all your toms individually, you many want to go small diaphragm instead.
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    I think I like the AT2020 idea. Thanks, at least I have some good ideas to research. Winter time is a good time for recording, so I'm just trying to get everything in order.

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    MXL 990 is a pretty good performer for the price(I use them). I see deals for the 990 + 991 being sold as a package for $100 online. Tough to beat that kind of deal.
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    behringer c-2

    matched pair , you wont find any better for that price

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    behringer c-2

    matched pair , you wont find any better for that price
    definitely this. great for the price
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    Audix f15 is my go to for a cheap overhead.
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    Sterling st55, at2020, are both good choices for decent sounding low budget
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    at2020 nice mic

    you need a good preamp to go with it , to get the most out of it

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    I bought 2 of the MXL MCA-SP1 mics specifically for overheads. I really love them. They're about $55 each but they get really good reviews, and they do sound very good... quite suprisingly actually. Especially when you see how they're packaged. I was originally using the MXL 603's. These use the same capsules... but to me, I do notice a difference. They satisfy my needs for decent sounding overheads, and they also (as an added bonus) add a bit of a "pro feel" to your studio.

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    It's an old thread but I will say that a matched pair of Octava MKII SDCS do pretty well for the price.

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    Since we're on this topic...If I wanted to record my drums, what would I need in the way of mikes? Basically a very small set up. Kick, tom, floor, snare, ride and hats.

    all the best...

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    Google "Glyn Johns mic setup". Very easy 3 mic setup used for recording.

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    I use 2 akg 170. They have worked really well got me in the past.
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