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Omnidirectional Mic Recommendations?

Discussion in 'Recording and PA Lounge' started by bw66, Jan 25, 2020.

  1. bw66


    Dec 16, 2009
    Uxbridge, ON
    I might be doing sound for a traditional single-mic bluegrass band, so I'm looking for recommendations for a decent entry-level (or slightly better) omni-directional mic.
  2. mturk

    mturk Gold Member

    Nov 27, 2013
    Bracebridge, Ontario
    Electro voice 635a. Very useful mic and not much $$$ at all.
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  3. Granny Gremlin

    Granny Gremlin Gold Member

    Jun 3, 2016
    Toronto - Riverside
    +1! Can hardly to any better for the money. If you can find them (ebay; no longer made) the EV RE-55 is also really good and has more low end (the 635 is a broadcast location journalist mic so has some rolloff there, but still good, and probably cheaper used; still avail new IIRC).

    Another good cheap option is PZM or boundry mics. They will say they are cardioid, but since you're supposed to stick them to the wall/floor/ceiling they act like an omni in an enclosed space. You can get good ones for stupid cheap, esp used. Even the Radio Shack/Realistic ones are good.

    Just stay away from budget condensors, especially LDCs. A nicer condenser (expensive, but consider renting from L&M - they should have at least an AKG 414 if not something even nicer; the Neumans they have will probably be TLM series Cardioids so not those) would be a good choice depending on the desired sound (more top end clarity and 'air' than the EV dynamics, but perhaps for rootsy bluegrass you want something mellower).

    Personally I'd consider a Blumlein stereo pair using ribbons (fig 8 vs Omni) - that will sound rootsy as all heck but with a bit of modern stereo soundstaging. Even cheap ribbons can be good (see anything by Cascade, Apex 205 if you can find it, otherwise the 210 - the same motor structure as the 205 but in a bigger body with cable attached vs jack; stronger yoke tho so more physically robust - can still buy the 210 new at L&M).
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2020
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  4. mawmow


    Nov 13, 2017
    Levis, Qc
    Nobody using Shure SM58 anymore ?
  5. Paul M

    Paul M

    Mar 26, 2015
    That's not omni, it's cardiod.
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