Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Re: choosing the best mic for acoustic recording...
Multiple options here, and mainly dependent on budget. And also what you are recording into.
Pro: You are recording into a very good channel strip, with very good A/D convertors. In stereo.
In this case, you would select a matched pair of small-diaphraghm condensors such as earthworks, Josephsons, and expect to lay down about $10k for the entire signal chain.
In this case, the SD condensors are a good choice because stereo will give you the vibrancy you need, multiple options to pick up more tone from the fretboard, soundhole, etc and the mics will be good enough to provide all the air, breadth and warmth you need.
Back down to reality. If you have $1000 to spend buy a good mono channel strip secondhand: buzzaudio, sebatron, great river, RME would be a good brand and last you forever, and something like an Audiotechnica LD condensor.
Here, you are picking the LD because you will get a better quality from a single mic within this price range, than a matched pair of mics to be used in stereo.
If you've only got $500 and can only afford a mic, and you can go to stereo, perhaps the Rode NT5 stereo mics, or some secondhand Shures.
If you've only got $200 then look for a used Rode K2 valve mic. Or the Rode NT1, NT2 and NT2000 are ok.
If you let us know what you have in terms of the following:
A/D conversion (firewire interface, SPDIF, etc)
Preamplification (channel strip, whether its just mixing desk pres, etc)
... we could help more.
Just as you are better starting with a really good amp and ****ty speakers, you are better starting with a really good signal chain and a ****ty mic.
They are by no means ****ty, but the KEL mics are considered to be a bt of a trade secret, from memory they were under $100, but I would guess you would be disappointed without a very good signal chain, I've never heard them through a poor chain though.
Let me know specifics and I will look up some specifics, this is just from memory.