The Sony C-3B is the type of microphone that can be used for anything. It is a large diaphragm mic that is intended for broadcast and studio uses. I love the way this microphone sounds with more aggressive instruments with a lot of dynamics like trumpets and saxophones. With the dual switch that it has on it for omni-directional and uni-directional polar patterns it gives exactly what you may need for the current recording session. The price for this microphone is very expensive and I have only used it in a big studio where the acoustic treatments and perfect environment could be a contributing factor to how it sounds. But if I could afford to spend almost 3 grand on a microphone to have at home I would get this one in a heartbeat!
The sound of this microphone is very clean and crisp. When we recorded with it there was no need to even worry about boosting any frequencies because it puts a little boost on those mid to high range frequencies and they were cutting through the mix right away without even touching them. There is also a low cut filter and a pad switch on the Sony C-3B.
The engineer at the studio said this is his favorite microphone to record with because it works perfectly for anything and has never failed him. I highly recommend this microphone to any musician or studio that can afford to purchase it.
The pad switch is an -8dB pad witch that gives added headroom while leaving out distortion. The C-38B has a great dynamic range to pick up all sorts of vocals and instruments. I would love to see how it would sound in just a regular “home bedroom” setting and not a major studio just to see how it can compare to some higher end affordable microphones that I have. Because in the studio, there are a lot of acoustic things to take into consideration on how much better it could be making it sound. But the C-38B has become my dream microphone that I plan on purchasing as soon I get the money for it!
The Sony C-38B is a large diaphragm condenser microphone designed for use in the recording studio. While the mic is indeed a condenser, it has a classic look and the outside is reminiscent of a ribbon mic. The mic has options for both cardioid and omni polar pick up patterns and the mic also features a pad and a low cut filter. The mic will pick up frequencies between 30 Hz and 18 KHz.
The Sony C-38B is overall a very impressive microphone. I think that anyone who has used this would agree with me when I say it has a top notch tone and is great in a variety of situations. I've gotten great results with it for recording all sorts of different instruments including vocals, acoustic piano, acoustic guitar, and pretty much any other acoustic instrument where I would a lot of details to be picked up. This is a sensitive mic and will work wherever you want to make sure that you are getting all the subtle sounds from acoustic instruments. Being that this is a top tier condenser microphone from one of the best in the business, this isn't a cheap mic. Having said that, if you are seriously looking for a high end condenser microphone with some versatility, you know that you have to pay a good amount as you will get what you pay for. I would absolutely recommend looking into this mic regardless of if you are a home or professional studio owner as it is both a great mic to add to a larger collection or to get a good one started. I hope I'm able to use the Sony C-38B in the future more as it is a really great sounding microphone that I find useful for a lot of different applications.