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Microphone Month 2

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Help Choosing Mic for Acoustic Guitar


I'm looking to two-mic record an acoustic guitar. I've found a local company who will hire out microphones but I'm out of my depth when it comes to choosing from their list... If anyone with the knowledge can have a look at the hire list below and let me have some thoughts on choice and application it would be greatly appreciated...
Mike Hire ListAccusound ACCB-2 Double Bass Combined System
AKG C414B-XLS Studio Large Diaphragm Condenser KIT
AKG C420L Headset Microphone - Fohhn FP
AKG C-451EB Mic Pre Amp for CK Capsules
AKG C-747 Hypercardioid Pencil Mic + Accessories
AKG C921 Condenser Hanging Microphones
AKG CK1 Cardioid Capsule
AKG CK3 Hypercardioid Capsule
AKG CK8 Short Gun Capsule
AKG CK97 Lavalier Microphone - Fohhn FP
Audio Technica A-T877 Shotgun Microphone
Audio Technica AT4033 Large Diaphragm Condenser
Audio Technica AT4041 Cardioid Microphone
Audio Technica AT835B Line + Gradient Mic Audio Technica ATM75 Headset Mic (Microdot)
Audio Technica ATM87R Boundry Microphone & Cable
Audio Technica PRO35X Miniature Condenser Mic.
Crown PCC-160 Plate Mic & Cable
DPA 4007 Omni Directional Condenser Microphone
DPA 4060 Lavaliere Microphone (Black) Mini Jack
DPA 4061 Lavaliere Microphone (Black) 3 Pin Lemo
DPA 4061 Lavaliere Microphone (Black) Mini Jack
DPA 4061 Lavaliere Microphone (Flesh) 3 Pin Lemo
DPA 4066 Headset Microphone (Black) 3 Pin Lemo
DPA 4066 Headset Microphone (Flesh) 3 Pin Lemo
Sennheiser e664 Cardioid Condenser MicrophoneSennheiser e865 Condenser Microphone
Sennheiser HSP4 EW3 Cardioid Headset Mic Mini Jack
Sennheiser K6/ME66 Short Gun Kit
Sennheiser ME-2 Omni Lavaliere - Mini Jack
Sennheiser ME-3-N Headset Microphone - 3 Pin Lemo
Sennheiser ME-3-N Headset Microphone - Mini Jack
Sennheiser MKE 212 Boundry Microphone
Sennheiser MKE-10 with MS10T Power Module
Sennheiser MKE-2 Black - 3 Pin Lemo
Sennheiser MKE-2 Black - Mini Jack
Sennheiser MKE-2-4 Platinum Black - 3 Pin Lemo
Sennheiser MKE-2-4 Platinum Flesh - 3 Pin Lemo
Sennheiser MKH-20 Omni Condenser
Sennheiser MKH-40 Cardioid Condenser
Sennheiser MKH-406T Cardioid Condenser
Sennheiser MKH-416P Short Gun Condenser
Sennheiser MKH-416T Short Gun Condenser
Shure BETA 87A Super Cardioid Condenser
Shure BETA 91 Condenser Plate Microphone
Shure BETA 98D/S Condenser Drum Microphone Kit
Shure BETA 98S Miniature Condenser Mic
Shure MX202/R183B Omni Hanging Microphone
Shure SM85 Cardioid Condenser Vocal
May 17, 2011 @03:56pm

Here is a mic choice and application link, http://www.sweetwater.com/shop/studio/studio-microphones/buying-guide.php.
Out of the list you provide I would choose the AT 4041, however, I use a single Shure SM-81 for acoustic guitar and love it. I've never tried to record in stereo because my room doesn't sound great. Good luck.
May 18, 2011 @12:06am

Most of the mics on this list will do a decent to excellent job, depending on....well, depending on a lot of things. What is the application, what is the room/space like, what is the preamp and/or recorder, what sound are you going for, etc?
If you don't want to be that detailed in your selection then just tell the rental company you'll take whatever mid priced small diaphragm condenser they have. It will do the job. Be sure you have a way to supply phantom power to it though. Most preamps and mixers have this capability, but it's not always a given.
Good luck.
May 18, 2011 @02:17pm

Cant go wrong with the AT 4041, At 4033, Shure SM81- I am sure others are great- I own these and do a LOT of Acoustic miking and they are wonderful.
May 26, 2011 @09:43pm
Dave Burris

I would support the use of the SM81 as a choice, except it's not on the list.
Of the Shure mics listed, none would be my first choice for acoustic.
I would probably go with the AKG 451.
Of Shure mics not on your list I have used the KSM-141 and the KSM-44, as well as the SM-81 for acoustic.
May 27, 2011 @02:15pm

AT 4041 or 4033, AKG 451, maybe the 414, although I've had better results with the others already mentioned for acoustic guitar. Actually, I'd be quite content with any or all of the first 3.
May 27, 2011 @10:14pm