Old 01-19-2020, 08:21 AM   #1
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I am recording with a Rodes large diaphragm, Rodes small condensers and a Slate Digital ML2. All seem to sound the same to me. Is there something I could have mis-configured in the set up files?? I would think a notable difference would be heard from those mics.

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Old 01-19-2020, 08:24 AM   #2
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It's probably a good thing they sound the same. Fidelity makes things harder to discern.
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Old 01-19-2020, 10:17 AM   #3
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It's probably a good thing they sound the same. Fidelity makes things harder to discern.
So would lack of fidelity. Lo-fi monitoring could be so comical that you might not be able to tell the difference between a U87 and a piezo stuck to the side of something. Laptop speakers. Blose ear buds. Beats. These toy headphones with a noise cancelling attempt failure that someone just showed me. (Literally sounded like the most hyperbolic description of Youtube artifacts or low bit mp3 with the underwater windchimes business. Can't remember the name.)
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I hear more today than I did years ago


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Old 01-19-2020, 11:12 AM   #5
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msmartt, what are you listening to the mics through (what kind of headphones and/or speakers)?
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and what is the source sound?
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Old 01-19-2020, 08:43 AM   #7
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I am recording with a Rodes large diaphragm, Rodes small condensers and a Slate Digital ML2. All seem to sound the same to me. Is there something I could have mis-configured in the set up files?? I would think a notable difference would be heard from those mics.

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You should easily hear more bass in the large diaphragm
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:06 AM   #8
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Right - If the frequency response is similar they will sound similar. There are other differences (polar response, sensitivity, etc.) but the basic "sound character" is frequency response.


You would think that everybody wants a "flat" microphone, but it turns-out most people don't like "perfectly flat" and (slightly) different curves sound better with different sound sources.


Of course, you can adjust the frequency response with EQ so I think people go a little too crazy trying to find the best (or better) mic. If you're working in a pro studio with lots of mics available, of course it's nice to choose the best mic for every situation.


I'm not advocating using a "cheap mic" but you usually don't need an exotic mic either.




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You should easily hear more bass in the large diaphragm
That's a good generalization with large & small diaphragm mics but it depends on the particular mics.
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Old 01-19-2020, 09:21 AM   #9
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That's a good generalization with large & small diaphragm mics but it depends on the particular mics.
That makes sense. Especially where in some cases the "more" low end that an LDC has (if it does) is so far down it's irrelevant in most applications. I have a little SDC here rated @ 20-20 kHz for example which is rated 10 Hz lower than it's LDC counterpart.

To the OP, mics tend to have differences depending, that's for sure, but beware of "night and day" references which is a rarity for similarly constructed mics. Meaning, there can and will be differences that do matter depending on how the different mics are used but don't be surprised if you compare two mics in their nominal sweet spot and they sound way more alike than the descriptions you hear people talking about. No one here, just in general.
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I am recording with a Rodes large diaphragm, Rodes small condensers and a Slate Digital ML2. All seem to sound the same to me. Is there something I could have mis-configured in the set up files?? I would think a notable difference would be heard from those mics.

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the obvious question here is - did you remember to pick different inputs for each track?
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