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    Harvey, I'm new hear but it didn't take long to see that you're hovering 3' above the recording mountaintop, so if it's proper, I'd welcome a recommendation for a pair of title-of-this-thread mics for my Tascam DR40. I'm replacing a stolen H2 that I never used with externals, but now that I have XLR connectors I'm into spreading out a bit, so to speak. I'm a performer in a pretty decent concert band, and a stand-up brass ensemble (read: loud) both of which I want to document with the Tascam. Thanks for your time...

    Charlie Groh

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    Not sure if it got a mention but for under 100 quid I don't think you can go wrong with a Rode M3 myself.
    Cheaper and better (imo) than the AKG C1000 and very usable on a variety of sources.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harvey Gerst View Post
    Because they don't; small, omnidirectional mics have the flattest frequency response and most accurate sound.
    Not sure why you keep pimping omnis-? Yeah sure they generally have less feedback and distortion, but they also pick up everything from all directions, which often is not desired.

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    An even better one IMO is to never hate OR love a brand, period. Take each product on its own merits. Every time I hear someone go "oh I hate" (or "oh I love") X brand" I ignore them and their judgment on the topic generally goes downward in my eyes.

    Quote Originally Posted by Auralsects View Post
    The lowest price mic you should ever buy is a 57

    you can hate the sound, but you know the sound
    What a rousing endorsement.

    Great thread topic though. After more than a little reading/research, it would seem the $100ish or less (allowing for those $99.95 types) mics worth considering are below (first 4 are dynamics, last are LDC). I quickly add I haven't used so take with a big grain of salt:

    GLS 57,58
    behringer 8500
    sennheiser 835
    shure 57,58
    behringer C1
    behringer B1
    MXL 770
    MXL 990
    MXL 67

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    I have 2 mics for less than 100 that I have used for a while and they have been great mics, The Electro-Voice cobalt c09, and the mxl 990. The cobalt is a dynamic that has a similar frequency response and range to the sm58, and the mxl 990 large diaphragm condenser has been good for many a vocal track. I am quite impressed with the mics mxl puts out, they do a great job for the money.

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