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finger squeaks all sort of happen
where we'd expect the player's
fretting hand to be, while the
other side highlights pick and finger attack as well as the guitar's
fundamental tone. Acoustic guitar and drum overheads, which
capture cymbals and an overall
picture of the kit (augmented by
mics on the kick and snare), are
the most famous applications for
stereo pairs, but there are many
more: instrumental ensembles,
orchestras, choirs and vocal
groups, horn sections....
While some engineers like to
use a pair of large-diaphragm
condensers in these arrays, the
small size and smoother off-axis
rejection of small-diaphragm
"pencil" condensers makes
them too handy not to have, so
here's our next investment!
The most famous mic of this
type is probably the Neumann
KM 184; they and their predecessor the KM 84 are fantastically popular, but at around
$800 each they're by no
means your cheapest option.
Recently we've seen a couple of truly
exceptional new designs in the

affordable-pencil realm: the RĂ˜DE M5 ($200/pair),
which brings quality near that of the well-known NT5
to a very low price point, and Blue's new
Hummingbird ($300/pair), which features a pivoting
capsule for ease of placement.
There are lots of others: the Russian Oktava MK012 ($600/pair) is a famous stalwart in this application, as are the Audix ADX51 ($450/pair), Studio
Projects C4 ($700/pair), Shure SM81 ($700/pair),
Earthworks TC20 ($1000/pair), and AKG C451B
($1000/pair). Many of these mics either come with
interchangeable capsules for different polar patterns
or offer them as purchasable options, expanding your
capabilities.
If you want to spend a bit more on pencil condensers that feature the warmth and character of tube
electronics, consider the Mojave Audio MA-100
($1600/pair).
Go big: a large-diaphragm condenser
($400-$3000)
You next upgrade may well be your studio's new
"flagship" mic. While many of the previously discussed acquisitions were focused on the versatility
and being able to capture a wide variety of instruments, a high-end large-diaphragm condenser mic is
more about focus.
Most musical forms feature either a vocalist or
instrument that leads us through the arrangement. This
added musical responsibility heightens its importance
and that emphasis can bring the microphone you're using
under closer scrutiny, with all its warts and wonders.



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