In the next couple of months I will be in a sound-wise unfriendly environment where recordings are very likely to suffer. As we will have to produce “live” there will be no time for post processing. But as I still want to achieve some kind of intelligible sound, I conducted some tests for find a more forgiving microphone for that environment.
All microphones have been recorded with the Sound Device MixPre-3 II with HighPass filter (at 80Hz) and NoiseAssist enabled (at -6dB). For the ribbon microphones Rode NTR and Beyerdynamic M160 the HighPass filter was set to 120Hz. All samples have been levelled to -23LUFS.
- Beyerdynamic M160 (ribbon)
- Neumann TLM103 (large condenser)
- Rode NT-1 (large condenser)
- Rode NTR (ribbon)
- StamAudio SA-47 (large condenser, tube)
- StamAudio SA-47FET (large condenser)
- WarmAudio WA-87 (large condenser)
In the video you see the visual representation of the audio samples, for which I used WaveLab Pro 10.
If I had to pick my favourite mic, I would go for the Beyerdynamic M160 (when listening on the headphones). However, when listening to the samples on a TV, I would go for the Rode NT-1 or the TLM103.
What is your favourite mic and why?