You have an NT1a, so you must know how it behaves. If you are considering replacing it, I assume you have found it inadequate in one or more ways. The NT1a seems well regarded, and people comment about how quiet it is. Quiet sounds like a winning quality to me, but we aren't all annoyed by the same things. Perhaps you could explain what inadequacies you see, and what you are looking for in a better mic?fiboribo wrote:Hello,
I currently own an Mbox2 and a single Rode NT1a. I will be attempting to record a professional cd soon. I will have some professional guidance (long distance) from an industry professional. I know that a single mic isn't going to suffice so I'm considering the following options:
- buy an additional NT1a to have a stereo pair
- sell the NT1a and buy an NT4 or NT5
- bite the bullet and buy a Neumann K84 or similar caliber mic
I guess the question is can you really obtain a professional quality recording with NT1as?
I agree with your observation that guitars recorded in close field with small condensers sound unnatural and ways too sharp. One solution would be to use a stereo ribbon mic or an array of two mono ribbon mics. They sound very natural (see my cascade x-15 recordings viewtopic.php?f=16&t=58642) without any harshness. The disdvantage of this is that you need a good sounding and very quiet room, but this is certainly true for your binaural techique as well.sax512 wrote:The aim is to have a balanced and natural sound without having to post process the tracks to much in an unnatural way. When Rojaros will listen to the demo I sent him he can tell if I managed to come close to it.
I decided to go that way because to me no classical guitar recording sounds close to the real thing. They may sound great, 'bigger than life' and all, but my aim is to have a natural sounding record... or as close to the real thing as possible.
I am still perfecting the microphone, but I think that the classical guitar recording that I made is closer to what a real classical guitar sounds like. The other recordings that are on youtube all sound thin and metallic to my ears. Is it just me or is that something that you notice too?
I fully understand this desire, but wouldn't that just make it natural sounding only when listening through headphones?my aim is to have a natural sounding record... or as close to the real thing as possible
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