I'm about to throw down some of my Christmas gift money for a better studio condenser than the functional but low-end one that I have now (an MXL 990
). My question is simple: what should I get?
In the running:
(is it really worth the $399?)
MXL 3000 (pre-amp built-in, I can get it new for $129, list is $399)
Studio Projects C1 ($240)
AKG Perception 200
I want the best quality mic in this mid-price range for my male vocals (big range baritone-tenor, strong and clear) and acoustic guitar (high-end Taylor, steel-string, mostly strummed). I am a singer-songwriter playing modern rock (I don't know, think Radiohead, Counting Crows, and Coldplay). I can get a separate small-diaphragm condenser for the acoustic if it will really make a difference. But if one of these above is both a fantastic vocal mic and versatile enough to get the best sounds for the acoustic too, that would be best. I don't have all the money in the world.
I'll be recording into the system you see below, into Logic 7 through either my M-Audio USB Mobile-Pre, or my Line6 TonePort - lots of preamps to choose from. I'm also thinking of springing for the new Alesis iO/14 at some point.
So, which mic would you say?
MBP C2D, 2GB RAM
120GB 5400rpm internal, 250GB 7200rpm FW800 external (WD MyBook Pro)
Logic Express 7
.2, Jam Pack 1, Jam Pack 4 (Symphony Orchestra), Reason 3
, Reason Drum Kits 2, various refills, Line6 TonePort & GearBox, M-Audio USB Mobile Pre
, Nomad Factory Studio Pro Bundle (Blue Tubes Bundle
v3 & v2, Analog Signature Pack
, BlueVerb DRV-2080
, Essential Studio Suite
, Liquid Bundle 2