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    Quote Originally Posted by QNote View Post
    I'm just glad Todd didn't praise the C1000. Oh, my. I might would totally lose my faith in him! Oh, and did you hear AKG has come out with a "new and improved" C1000? Why didn't they just let it die peacefully?
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    Quote Originally Posted by QNote View Post
    I'm just glad Todd didn't praise the C1000.
    Haha! I was thinking the same thing. There's no mic I loathe more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hbphotoav View Post
    SM81s were never bad... they're just passť. That, and everybody saw them hung over hats for the better part of three decades. And who can trust a condenser mic that costs less than $350, street? If I can find a pair (or a pair of SM80s, for that matter) at a great price, I'd be sorely tempted to buy them. As their FR plot describes, they may not have much mojo... but they're accurate.
    Shure has been making some pretty blasť* condensers for the past few decades. The SM81 is the only one that I can routinely use, but it's third or fourth tier on my list.

    I know my opinion is not shared by all, and there are some engineers that I respect who love some of Shure's new condensers (the KSM series). I've never found anything I like them on (specifically the 44 and 32). I owned a 141 for about two years and tried to find some place that I liked it. No luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3daudioinc View Post
    Shure has been making some pretty blasť* condensers for the past few decades. The SM81 is the only one that I can routinely use, but it's third or fourth tier on my list.

    I know my opinion is not shared by all, and there are some engineers that I respect who love some of Shure's new condensers (the KSM series). I've never found anything I like them on (specifically the 44 and 32). I owned a 141 for about two years and tried to find some place that I liked it. No luck.

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    I like the KSM series - very smooth and hi-fi sounding, but sometimes that fits the bill. I like them a whole lot more than AT 4033 or 4050. At least the Shures have tone.
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    I've like the 32's each time I've encountered them, though I don't own one or have deep experience with them.
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    One of the best live grand piano sounds I ever got was achieved w/ a pair of SM81s. Almost by accident. They're real sleepers; there's nothing really "special" there, so you use them when you don't need anything "special", you just need it captured. And not sucky.

    And fwiw, I really like a KSM44 in figure-8 mode on bass amps.

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    I've successfully used the KSM44's on piano, accordion and acoustic guitar, but they pretty much live in my room on overheads.
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    It sucked. God I hate those mics! How did they become so popular? They suck!
    Amen. Glad someone prominent said that. That said on distorted guitar amps they seem to deliver the sound distorted guitar amp guys like.

    I bought an SM81 cheap on Kijiji which delivered great results on acoustic instruments through clean pres. This thread reminds me to snap one up again.

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