I love the original Groove Tubes pre fender MD series mics. The ones with the 9pin sub & external power supply. I own the MD1 & 2. Getting hard to find these modern classics. I replaced the tube with Continue reading →
I’ve induced 3 others I recorded for test purposes. (Prophet 08 , Udu, & Tabla.)
I record a lot of hard percussion, Udu & Tabla are the hardest to get to sit in a mix. They have very FAST attack with sustain at times. It’s hard to get both to translate. Anyways I recorded some BS perc noodling to see how the OS would handle them.. I’m impressed. Checkout the end of the Udu test, The low doom sounds have a nice harmonic/grit added to them from the OS.
I wanted to see how the 414 & SR78 measured up for overhead duties. Both work exceptionally well but with drastically different outcomes. I personally prefer the SR78’s. By design they roll off the lowend when not used as close spot mics. This is perfect when used with other individual drum mics. If one had to only use two mics, then the 414 would be a much fuller sound. With my setup I prefer the improved mid&high end clarity from the SR78’s when used in conjunction with others in a mix. Rides just sing with the sr78’s
My curiosity built up enough to run a native bundle vs hardware box comparison. Out of the 70, 300, 480, & 80/90’s I have available the 90 is the closest unit I have at hand to this native lineage. It’s also the box that would get replaced 1st. I did a rough numerical parameter match just to see how close it came without further tweaking. This is the result.
After recently acquiring a Red Type B / R8 I wanted to compare it’s sound to the ole faithful 414. I also wanted to compare the mics on different sources, that gives this drummer an excuse to noodle around on instruments I have no business otherwise touching 🙂 . So keep that in mind while listening to these. I find I prefer the RED overall. It’s a brighter mic. The 414 was darker in color with a greater Low end/Low Mid response.
I kept the mic positioning as balanced as possible.
Signal chain = Mic – Hardy M1 – DomII – DAW. Dry recording/No EQ.