Microphone suggestions for general sampling please (experimental film scoring)

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    AvatarChris Dodsworth

    So I have my first ever paid feature film score coming up next year (as a direct result of my previous work which was helped along a lot by Spitfire LABS, so thank you Spitfire!) and after a good long chat with the director we’ve decided we want the score to a very experimental affair so I plan to create most, if not all my own sounds and patches from scratch. It’s a horror comedy by the way.

    I’m not new to making experimental music so this is something I’m fairly comfortable with though mostly I’ve built my own synth patches in the past with sampling being fairly new to me, new to making multi-sampled, multi-layered patches anyway. So obviously I have a little money out of the budget to spend on a mic or pair of mics so I was wondering what people’s suggestion are for a good all rounder that doesn’t cost a fortune. It’s an independent film so we’re not talking of a huge budget.

    In the mean time I’m hoping to have upgraded to a Focusrite 18i8 so that’s probably what my preamps will be.


    I know nothing of microphones. But if you follow Christian Henson’s videos on youtube for any time you’ll know that he thinks the world of the Shure SM57. And numerous times recommended it as one of, if not the best all round microphones. Inexpensive too at around $100.

    Recently I heard an engineer say with a very elaborate and expensive microphone collection that if he had just one mic it would be a Shure SM7b. According to him it was developed as a kick drum mic. Now pretty much the standard in broadcasting / podcasting. He can use it for anything. Strings, guitars, drums, bass, vocals, whatever. Again not the most expensive mic in the world at $400.

    The most important thing I guess is to play to the strength of whatever you get. Obviously a cheap sm57 is going to give you a different sound than a Neuman U67 microphone that costs a whopping $7000. The question is, do you need that sound? Maybe not.

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