Budget ish overhead mics?

All about the tools and techniques involved in capturing sound, in the studio or on location.

Moderator: Moderators

Post Reply

Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by Adamamam »

Hello!

I've been using a pair of se1 mics for overheads for ages. I would like a change/alternative.

Budget is low. Maybe 300 for a pair.

Is there anything worth buying as an alternative for that money? Ecm8000 is interesting, but currently unavailable.

Any ideas would be great!
User avatar
Adamamam
New here
Posts: 6 Joined: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:03 am

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by blinddrew »

On my list I'd probably have: Rode NT5, Audix F9, Sontronics STC1, Lewitt LCT140 and the sE8.
Should be able to get a pair for £300 for any of those if you hunt around.
Choosing between them is probably a minefield but the Rode might have a bit of a head-start in that you can add an omni capsule further down the line if you want.
User avatar
blinddrew
Jedi Poster
Posts: 16105 Joined: Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:00 am Location: York
Ignore the post count, I have no idea what I'm doing...

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by Smellthevalve »

Sontronics tends to get a thumbs up around here

https://www.sontronics.com/stc1s
Smellthevalve
Frequent Poster
Posts: 650 Joined: Wed Oct 12, 2005 12:00 am Location: Surrey, UK

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by James Perrett »

Around that price I'd be also looking at the Line Audio CM4's. I have the older CM3's and they are excellent on all the sources that I've tried them on including overheads.
User avatar
James Perrett
Moderator
Posts: 11227 Joined: Mon Sep 10, 2001 12:00 am Location: The wilds of Hampshire
JRP Music - Audio Mastering and Restoration. JRP Music Facebook Page

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by Luke W »

James Perrett wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 2:19 pm Around that price I'd be also looking at the Line Audio CM4's. I have the older CM3's and they are excellent on all the sources that I've tried them on including overheads.

That was going to be my suggestion. I've not used them myself but know of a few people who either have some or have used them, and I've heard nothing but praise.
User avatar
Luke W
Frequent Poster
Posts: 1055 Joined: Thu Feb 19, 2009 1:00 am Location: Northamptonshire, UK
Studio - Techical Services - Bespoke Construction

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by Matt Houghton »

Wildcard option, depending on your space/preferred technique: ribbon mics.

You could pick up a pair of cheap ribbons for that price (though how well matched they'd be I don't know) or, for just a wee bit more (currently 399 Euros according to their site = approx £340) the Prodipe RCL stereo ribbon.
Matt Houghton
Frequent Poster
Posts: 1069 Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2007 12:00 am
SOS Reviews Editor

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by Funkyflash5 »

Not sure how the prices are where you are, but I've liked my pair of Lauten Audio LA-120s, and here at least they are on sale this month within your budget. And for just over (or if you could track down a used pair) the Cascade Fatheads are the most used mics in my collection!
Funkyflash5
Regular
Posts: 147 Joined: Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:43 am Location: Wisconsin, USA

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by Adamamam »

Thanks so much for all the recommendations! I'm going to sift through and research them. I'd love a pair of ribbons, but I can't find anything near budget, PLUS my room isn't great, so I'm not sure that investing in something that will contain so much room (omni/ribbon) is wise.

I'll get reading!

Thanks again!
User avatar
Adamamam
New here
Posts: 6 Joined: Sun Jan 10, 2021 10:03 am

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by The Elf »

A pair of MXL603 are decent mic's for little money.
User avatar
The Elf
Jedi Poster
Posts: 17106 Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2001 12:00 am Location: Sheffield, UK
An Eagle for an Emperor, A Kestrel for a Knave.

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by djangodeadman »

blinddrew wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:25 pm On my list I'd probably have: Rode NT5, Audix F9, Sontronics STC1, Lewitt LCT140 and the sE8.
Should be able to get a pair for £300 for any of those if you hunt around.
Choosing between them is probably a minefield but the Rode might have a bit of a head-start in that you can add an omni capsule further down the line if you want.

There are omni capsules available for the SE8s now as well.
User avatar
djangodeadman
Regular
Posts: 310 Joined: Tue Feb 18, 2003 1:00 am Location: Brighton

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by blinddrew »

djangodeadman wrote: Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:02 pm
blinddrew wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:25 pm On my list I'd probably have: Rode NT5, Audix F9, Sontronics STC1, Lewitt LCT140 and the sE8.
Should be able to get a pair for £300 for any of those if you hunt around.
Choosing between them is probably a minefield but the Rode might have a bit of a head-start in that you can add an omni capsule further down the line if you want.

There are omni capsules available for the SE8s now as well.

:thumbup: Didn't know that, thanks.
User avatar
blinddrew
Jedi Poster
Posts: 16105 Joined: Sun Jul 05, 2015 12:00 am Location: York
Ignore the post count, I have no idea what I'm doing...

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by djangodeadman »

blinddrew wrote: Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:05 pm
djangodeadman wrote: Thu Oct 14, 2021 2:02 pm
blinddrew wrote: Wed Oct 13, 2021 1:25 pm On my list I'd probably have: Rode NT5, Audix F9, Sontronics STC1, Lewitt LCT140 and the sE8.
Should be able to get a pair for £300 for any of those if you hunt around.
Choosing between them is probably a minefield but the Rode might have a bit of a head-start in that you can add an omni capsule further down the line if you want.

There are omni capsules available for the SE8s now as well.

:thumbup: Didn't know that, thanks.

They also now sell an omni version of the SE8, for which you can buy a, you guessed it, cardioid capsule!
User avatar
djangodeadman
Regular
Posts: 310 Joined: Tue Feb 18, 2003 1:00 am Location: Brighton

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by sound bites »

+1 for the cm4’s.
User avatar
sound bites
Regular
Posts: 74 Joined: Tue Jun 30, 2015 12:00 am

Re: Budget ish overhead mics?

Post by shufflebeat »

I'm currently assessing the Slate ml2 which has some very interesting software options.

https://www.scan.co.uk/products/slate-d ... one-system

https://www.soundonsound.com/news/slate ... -announced

I was pretty.sure there was a review of this in the mag but can't put my thumb on it for now.
shufflebeat
Jedi Poster
Posts: 6686 Joined: Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:00 am Location: Manchester, UK
"Dance, dance. wherever you may be, for I am the Lord of the damp settee..."

Do yourself a favour, wear earplugs at gigs.
Post Reply