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    ...or live events.

    I have a low level Breedlove Crossover FF. I bought an LR Baggs Radius for it - but haven't installed it. For some reason, I just don't want to deal with it, and when I played my mando live - of which, I have ZERO business doing that, but I don't care - I ended up mic'ing it with an EV CO4 mic. it did an OK job, and mostly, considering how I play, I can't imagine the mic would be the issue :D

    Anyway, in the home studio, I have a Rode NT1A and a matched set of Rode M5s for vocals and acoustic guitars. As backups, or when I have guests, I have an MXL 770 condenser mic, and tonight I acquired an AKG P170.

    What do you guys use? Live and in the studio?

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    Live I use an SM 57 because itís good enough. In my studio I have a pair of Sure SM 81s and a Rode NT2 further out if I want more room sound.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mojocaster View Post
    ...or live events.

    I have a low level Breedlove Crossover FF. I bought an LR Baggs Radius for it - but haven't installed it. For some reason, I just don't want to deal with it, and when I played my mando live - of which, I have ZERO business doing that, but I don't care - I ended up mic'ing it with an EV CO4 mic. it did an OK job, and mostly, considering how I play, I can't imagine the mic would be the issue :D

    Anyway, in the home studio, I have a Rode NT1A and a matched set of Rode M5s for vocals and acoustic guitars. As backups, or when I have guests, I have an MXL 770 condenser mic, and tonight I acquired an AKG P170.

    What do you guys use? Live and in the studio?
    I have the Bags radius and LOVE it ....clean , even sound pre-amped into my board .I find using a mic live is just a PAIN .
    In the studio I use the same Rode Nt1a you're using . close mic-ed at the lower ( treble ) sound hole and I get fabulous results

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    I use Audio Technica 4040s in the studio but will sometimes plug it into my Fender Acoustasonic jr. and mic that as well, blending the two sounds.
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    My mic of preference for just about every instrument is a Sure 58 Beta . . . never a complaint.

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    Thank you guys! Much appreciated.

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    A pair of KM86’s. Sometimes a KM86 with an 84.

    Of course I sold all my equipment years ago.

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    I’ve used AT PRO35 for a clip on condenser. Also used the old standard SM 57 on a stand. Both work very well in different circumstances. But recently I had K & K pickups installed, and loving them for live situations through a Fishman amp.
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    Here is a mouse micing a mandolin

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    My fav mic (studio only) is a Royer SF12.
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    Well, yeah... I looked into Royer once. And realized that I could still my rent for what they go after I'd paid for ALL the mics I own put together, so as great as they are, I had to bow out

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    After the holidays, I'm going to try an AT 2020. Does anyone have experience with this mic?

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    Yes! My buddy who is a wonderful mando player came to my house with his, and we recorded his track with it, and it sounded great. For the money they cost, they're hard to beat.

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    Thanks!

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