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I want to by condenser microphone for use to live(not very important) and recording twice.but I dont have any facility to select good mic as commonly use saxophone mic selling very rare in my country as well as my budget is under the $300. finally I found these mics. What mic do you suggest me ( sennheiser E908B , shure beta 98H/C , AKG C519) aslso have Rode nt1a microphone.I want to get jazzy pure tone,I meen very natural as well as funky.advice me to buy better one. Thanks
 

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Hi! Here are a few things to consider.

•Does it have to be a condenser microphone? You can get a very, very good dynamic microphone in your price range, which will work well if you're recording in a less-than-ideal, untreated room. You should be able to find a used Sennheiser MD421, Electro-Voice RE20, or Beyerdynamic M88, all of which are top-notch dynamic microphones, in your price range. A good dynamic mic will also be less harsh in the high end than an inexpensive condenser microphone, and that's important to consider if you're recording alto saxophone.

•If you insist on a condenser microphone, try to find a used Audio-Technica AT4040. It's a good-quality, smooth, even-sounding mic, and you should be able to get a used one in your budget. Stay away from the Rode NT1A, it's very bright and harsh, the opposite of what you want for alto saxophone.

Good luck!
 

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Aren't there multiple microphone threads spanning years already?
 

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An old Timey Ribbon Microphone - It'll just cost 2K :)
 

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The Rode is an excellent microphone, you should be able to get excellent results with it and some eq.
 

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Don't bother with a clip-on as a recording mic. Too much key noise. They work well for live though.
 

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I got both Shure beta 98H and DPA 4099 microphones. DPA is best for tenor, but for alto and baritone I like the Shure best.
 

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helpful and I got it.But I can not find these mic too.( Sennheiser MD421, Electro Voice RE20, Beyerdynamic M88, Audio-Technica AT4040).so finally I found these mics and could you explain what is the best one among these.(sure sm57,sure sm58,sure sm27 condenser and audio technica AT2020).
Thank you
 

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Yes I have seen lot of youtube video about that mic too.But that mic is litle bit stranger for me.did you use?
 

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I want to by condenser microphone for use to live(not very important) and recording twice.but I dont have any facility to select good mic as commonly use saxophone mic selling very rare in my country as well as my budget is under the $300. finally I found these mics. What mic do you suggest me ( sennheiser E908B , shure beta 98H/C , AKG C519) aslso have Rode nt1a microphone.
I want to get jazzy pure tone, I mean very natural as well as funky.advice me to buy better one. Thanks
Some microphone are more manageable than other in a live situation.
No problem with condenser... unless you have low stage volumes and a good isolation between the sources.


Neutral/transparent sound can be a good thing, but most records you have listened were not made with transparent microphone.
For a live situation... a neutral sounding mic can be a great choice... because the way you listen the horn is a mix of acoustic acoustic sound and re-amplified sound (from your monitoring system).
The less colour you have added by the microphone, the less chances to have your sound destroyed.


Microphones are music instruments: you should choice them according to your need and to what do you like to listen.
The Rode NT1-A is cheap, reliable, good sound for the budget. But it's definitely bright and it's the brightness of a cheap condenser mic, not the "brightness" of a $2000/4000 microphone.


Most of microphones are popular everywhere...
There some excellent microphones easier to find in certain areas rather the others.
(Think US vs. EU).

No one is better than another (if we are in the same price target)... it's more about personal tastes and use.
 

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The Beta98 H/Cis quite hard and harsh sounding clip microphone.
Definitely not detailed, definitely not transparent.
Really noisy.

If you like that sound... I suggest to buy the Beta98 capsule with A98KCS clip, instead of the all-in-one Beta98H/C.
I doesn't pickup so much keywork, like the clip of the Beta98H/C.

Most clips are noisy from a mechanical standpoint: they pick up all the clattering.
Few are definitely less noisy.
 
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