You’re absolutely right – as much as I love to geek out about expensive gear, I think that very few people would argue that the quality of the room and the instrument, combined with the skill of the musician and producer, are going to be by far the biggest factor for how things sound. The mic, preamp, and ADC can only be as good as the source. Case in point – your acoustic tracks sound very nice (I’m guessing with the 603s, not the 57?).
There are a lot of good budget options, for instance with SDCs MXLs, Studio Projects, and Audio Technica have good options in the $100-200 range. But you don’t have to go too far up the price scale to take it up a notch. For instance, Rode NT5, Oktava MK-012, Peluso CEMC6, Shure SM-81 are all quite nice and are all between about $250 and $400 – not cheap, but within achievable range for most musicians for a flagship mic. And all of these have their followings, even amongst the snobbiest gearslutz patrons.
It’s fantastic as it’s like a release from my stress, it’s almost as if my job is my inspiration for my music LOL.
Funny thing is I think there’s very much truth to this. I think if I were doing music full time I would really have to kick myself in the pants sometimes just to wake up and put my time in in the studio. As it is, I do have the family, day job, etc., and so those 5-10 hours a week I have to devote to music are usually pretty focused.
If I had no commitments, I could easily quit my day job right now and live off stock earnings, presumably using the extra copious free time to expand into other areas of the music business, as well as training and improvement. In answer to the question what I would do differently: I would spend a lot more time than I do currently honing the craft of production and composition/arrangement to take myself to the next level. It’s hard to do this when you’ve got about an hour in the evening to use in the studio – you just try to get the next thing produced as efficiently as possible.
Congratulations! What a great first year – I had better drink two beers
Congratulations, Gareth! You’ve been one of the biggest contributors to the community since you joined up, and I’ve gotten a great deal out of your forum posts over the last couple of years. Like others have mentioned, having you on the review team will be a huge boon to the overall quality of submissions on AJ. Best of luck in the new gig!
Off topic isn’t a bad thing, especially when you learn something new . I hadn’t seen the M5s yet. I know nothing about them, but did have the NT5s at one point and they were really a good value for the money – a matched pair around $400. I sold them when I got a couple of other mics but I kind of wish I’d kept them around.
The stereo bar actually looks really cool, and I couldn’t find it either, even on Rode’s site. I have an inexpensive one, and it’s fine but a little cheesy when I need to adjust it – it would be great to upgrade to a more solid one. Maybe it’s not on the market yet?
Telefunken ELA M 260, one of the best mics I have ever tried for acoustic recordings!
I would not mind getting my hands on a Royer 122 either…
I wondered if Telefunken would make an appearance in this thread . Those are pretty sweet mics, and you get three capsules out of the box, it looks like. I was also reading there’s an adapter you can get to attach Blue capsules as well – I bet it would look funky, but that’s intriguing for me because I have a few of those for a Bottle Rocket S1.
Awesome, Martijn! You’ve got one of the most solid portfolios out there – well deserved!
I like it! Yes, that is an unusual use of the ukulele, which just goes to show – as I keep trying to tell people here – it’s an extremely versatile instrument. I might not have known it was one at all if you hadn’t said anything.
Why not upload it here?