Rode S1 condenser microphone
I run the 7 piece traditional jazzband 'Spirit of New Orleans' based in Bournemouth UK. The resident band at the Bournemouth jazzclub . For 20 years I've used SM58 & 7s & find them abit too bassy for my taste , not enough clarity & presence , I record every gig digitally . I bought a Rode S1 to test at home & was impressed , but not enough to be worth a change . Disappointed I went back into research mode & discovered to my horror that my upmarket Yamaha amp [EMX212s] only supplied 15v phantom power ? The Rode S1 requires 48v. [thought that this was the standard]. Most condenser mics. will be ok on 15v but NOT the Rode S1 , it was designed for 48v & incorporates a FET preamp. Ok it works but design specs. will not be achieved i.e. [sensitivity, fading ,volume, frequency response] . For studio quality the designers know best . I bought a 4 x mic. 48v phantom power supply . The result was spectacular to say the least , enough for a tight Yorkshirman to buy another 2x S1s . QUALITY. NOTE ;- one 48v supply will only work one mic. [4ma] Expensive ones are made for multiples . Try & fading problems & hum occurs. THESE MICS. ARE FANTASTIC clarity natural sound , you name it. If I were prime minister I'd make them compulsory . No feedback problems, S - plops , all gone , gain turned down . SM58s although the industry standard are simply none starters , only take notice of tech. people who know what they are listening for , most only hear volume & false tone ! [ guitar amps spring to mind ] , not quality . Equalisation has a huge effect , why destroy a true sound , leave it alone . VALUE FOR MONEY no need to spend more , its only the placebo effect of a higher price so it must be better . The Emperors cloths spring to mind . BUY ONE you will never regret it .