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CurtisMachek
01-30-2009, 05:37 AM
I'm helping out the local community station with their new studio, and a question came up that I've never really thought of before.

In an FM Environment, is it better to use Dynamic or Condenser mics?

For my internet/voiceovers, I've always used Condenser, mostly for the crisp sound and the flexibility.

This studio, however, will be outfitted with all the bells and whistles as far as processing goes, so what should it be?

It's a toss-up between the ElectroVoice RE20 (http://www.bswusa.com/proditem.asp?item=RE20), and the Studio Projects C1 (http://www.bswusa.com/proditem.asp?item=C1).

What do you think?

-Curtis

Bizzacore
01-30-2009, 05:44 AM
You can get a nice Rode Procaster, which I've read is just about as good, if not better than the RE20 for just under half the cost of the RE20. Check it out here (http://bswusa.com/proditem.asp?item=PROCASTER).
I'm heavily considering getting one of these B-Stock, cause 1. they're even cheaper and 2. I use a Rode Broadcaster (which is a condenser) and I'm just looking for a warmer feel without the muddiness of my MXL 990.

-Chris

CurtisMachek
01-30-2009, 05:52 AM
Hmm interesting,

I have never seen the Procaster, only the broadcaster. RODE does make a good product though...

I'll have a look, thanks.

carlwelden
01-30-2009, 07:35 PM
The big three in broadcasting are all high end dynamic microphones.
Here are the well documented Coutant links for them:
The Electro Voice RE20 (http://www.coutant.org/evre20/index.html), The Shure SM7B (http://www.coutant.org/sm7b/index.html) and the Sennheiser 421 (http://www.coutant.org/md421u4/index.html).

A condenser is superb in a vocal isolation booth, but in a studio where there may be multiple users, mechanical noise, etc. a dynamic is the way to go for the level of off axis rejection they provide.
If you have your heart set on a condenser, I agree that the Studio Projects line is very affordable for the quality.
Again though, take a serious look at the dynamics.

carlwelden
02-05-2009, 06:21 PM
If the RE20, SM7B or 421 don't quite grab you, there is one broadcast dynamic that is making it's way up the ladder: The HEIL PR40
It has been touted as "a dynamic mic that thinks it's a condenser"
I used one in a microphone shootout along with the SM7B and the RE20.
More about that in a different thread HERE (http://forums.broadcastingworld.net/showthread.php?t=6064&highlight=heil+pr40).


http://www.freewebs.com/14be042/heilpr40.GIF

James
02-05-2009, 10:11 PM
If the RE20, SM7B or 421 don't quite grab you, there is one broadcast dynamic that is making it's way up the ladder: The HEIL PR40
It has been touted as "a dynamic mic that thinks it's a condenser"
I used one in a microphone shootout along with the SM7B and the RE20.
More about that in a different thread HERE (http://forums.broadcastingworld.net/showthread.php?t=6064&highlight=heil+pr40).


http://www.freewebs.com/14be042/heilpr40.GIF
Hey thats quite a specky mic, id love to have that sitting in my studio!

Blazin 97
02-18-2009, 01:05 AM
Lol me too, you should see the thing I have now compared to that thing! :) But, I'm working on it, slowly upgrading everything at the station, just got a domain name which was a necessity.