It has been almost two months in my quest for a microphone to both capture a decent recording of my Baldwin Acrysonic and to use for field recordings. The research has led me to this thought: If I only had five thousand to kill on a matched pair of microphones?
I’d be curious to know if there is really that much more involved in manufacturing a higher quality microphone that would change the price tag so drastically. Maybe so, but in any case I’ve decided to go with a matched pair of Rode NT5s.
I was going for a pair of large condenser microphones to capture a fuller medium range, with the piano in mind. I ordered a pair of Marshal V87s on Ebay. The seller had a 99 percent rating, so I found it strange that the microphones weren’t delivered at the two-and-a-half-week mark. I canceled the order and maybe it was a good thing. Over the last couple weeks I have been thinking more and more about capturing my own field recordings. I think using other people’s sounds is a must, so sites like Freesound.org have my utmost respect. But I have a strong feeling that getting out there in the field, imagining the way the recording will work in the piece as I record, is going to be a great experience.
The next step…. what mini-digital recorder? Ahrrggg!!