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Microphone shootout method:

Recorded in 24bits 96kHz format, downsampled and dithered to 16bits 44.1kHz using R8brain pro, and finally compressed to 360kbits VBR format using LAME mp3 encoder. Signal chain: Source > microphone Condenser:

Acoustic guitar distance: 12 inches, pointing toward 12th fret.

Female vox distance: 12 inches

Male vox distance: 12 inches

Dynamic:

Acoustic guitar distance: 3 inches, pointing toward 12th fret.

Female vox distance: 3 inches

Male vox distance: 3 inches

*Please note that humans can hardly reproduce twice the exact same performance. However, particular attention was accorded to settings, keeping them as precise as possible.
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AKG C414 B-XL II large diaphragm

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AKG C414 B-XL II
16/03/2008
Type: Condenser
Circuitry: solid state
Polar patern used: cardioid
Frequency response: 20–20 000 Hz
Famous: -
Notes: Switching polar patterns option

Neumann TLM103 large diaphragm

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Neumann TLM103
16/03/2008
Type: Condenser
Circuitry: solid state
Polar patern used: cardioid
Frequency response: 20 - 20 000 kHz
Famous: Imogen Heap
Notes:

Neumann KM184 small diaphragm

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Neumann KM184
16/03/2008
Type: Condenser
Circuitry: solid state
Polar patern used: cardioid
Frequency response: 20 to 20 000Hz
Famous: -
Notes: studio standard for drum overhead and acoustic guitar

Oktava MK-012 small diaphragm

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Oktava MK-012
16/03/2008
Type: Condenser
Circuitry: solid state
Polar patern used: cardioid
Frequency response: 20 - 20 000Hz
Famous: -
Notes: Polar pattern capsules can be change to omni and hypercardioid

Rode NT5 small diaphragm

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Rode NT5
16/03/2008
Type: Condenser
Circuitry: solid state
Polar patern used: cardioid
Frequency response: 20 - 20 000Hz
Famous: -
Notes:

Rode NT1000 large diaphragm

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Rode NT1000
16/03/2008
Type: Condenser
Circuitry: tube
Polar patern used: bi-directional
Frequency response: 20 Hz ~ 20 kHz (+/-6dB)
Famous: -
Notes:

Audio-Technica ATM 41 small diaphragm

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Audio-Technica ATM 41
15/03/2008
Type: dynamic
Circuitry: solid state
Polar patern used: cardioid
Frequency response: 50 - 17 000 Hz
Famous: -
Notes:

Sennheiser E845 small diaphragm

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Sennheiser E845
15/03/2008
Type: dynamic
Circuitry: solid state
Polar patern used: cardioid
Frequency response: 40 to 16 000 Hz
Famous: -
Notes:

Shure SM57 small diaphragm

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Shure SM57
15/03/2008
Type: dynamic
Circuitry: solid state
Polar patern used: cardioid
Frequency response: 40 - 15,000 Hz
Famous: Bono (U2)
Notes: industry's most used mic

Studio Projects C1 (V.1) large diaphragm

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Studio Projects C1 (V.1)
15/03/2008
Type: Condenser
Circuitry: solid state
Polar patern used: cardioid
Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
Famous: -
Notes:

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