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    Shure KSM44, AKG C414 B-XLS or B-XLII, Rode NT 2000, AT4050, Rode K2,

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    These are what I am looking at for my next addition to the locker. I gues I am looking for the most versatile (kinda obvious by the switchable polar patterns). I am interested in personal experience with these mics especially if you have several of them. Also any insight as to which ones are made where?

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    I have a C414 and it is a terrific mic...works great on alot of things.

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    which one

    xls or XLII - AKG says that the xls is voiced for solo instruments and vocals while the XLII is for acoustic instruments... I don't know how accurate that is...

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    I've got two C414B-ULS, and they're great on almost everything except most vocals (but are great on some vocals) - no experience with the others.

    I've got an AT-4040, and if it sounds at all like the 4050 in cardioid, then I would probably like the 4050 better for most vocals. But I totally use the 414 in cardioid over the 4040 for overheads, acoustic guitar, percussion, anything I have no idea how to record, etc.

    resonancestudio, you're right - they generally have two models, one for vocals and one for everything else (the B-ULS was for everything else) -- I think the vocal versions are tuned with a mid-range bump, but I don't have one of those

    I've got a KSM-27, and I've read that the capsule is similar to half of the KSM-44 dual capsule thing, but those who have tried both seem to say there's a big difference. I'm not in love with the KSM-27, but it's OK on acoustic (like the 414 much better)
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    I am very interested to see what people say in this thread because I am looking to add exactly one of those mics to my locker as well!

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    The KSM44 and 414 are both very good and flexible mics. You can not go too wrong with either of those. Both very legit pro mics.
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    I own both the c414b uls and the Ksm44. I've also used the K2. If I were to only keep one then it would have to be the Shure. I mostly record acoustic instuments and vocals with some electric guitar and hand percussion so I've tried neither on drums. For my purposes I find the Ksm most usable (I love it on acoustic guitar). I find the c414 doesn't work well on my voice and although I like it on most things I don't love it on anything. The Ksm is pretty decent on vocals. I can't imagine a better workhorse for me.

    That being said, I think if you wind up with the Shure, the AKG, or the 4050 you wouldn't be unhappy. Even if you pick the wrong one I think you got a pretty damn good mic.

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    Most LDC mics dont suit male voices as well as a dynamic...ladies voices are wonderful on my C414.

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    I have a couple AT4050s and have used some C414s, mostly the B-ULS and older models. Like others, I like the 4050 better for vocals than any of the C414s I have used, although I'm sure that the right model of C414 works well for some voices. The AT4050 is a good swiss army mic. Generally good for vocals, very good for overheads, good on many instruments. A pretty flat unhyped mic with decent presence. Depending on what you want to spend, you might look at Gefell mics as well. The M70 or M71 and the newer transformerless models are great mics - better IMHO than either the AT4050 or the C414. I have an M71 and an MT711s (transformer and transformerless cardioid only models) Think about whether you really need a multi-pattern mic. I have them, but find I almost always use them in cardioid.
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    I've used the C414-XLS, the KSM44 and the AT4050...all of them pretty extensively. It's a close call...I've never had a *bad* experience with any of them. It'd be between the 4050 and the KSM44 though...there have been a few times when the C414-XLS was definitely not the right mic for a vocal. Honestly, I can't decide between the 4050 and the KSM44...I guess I'd buy the one that was cheaper at the time.

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