Microphone Shootout: Royer, Sennheiser Mk4, Rhode NTK

Hi all,

Recently I got the chance to shoot-out three great microphones. My friend, Chris at dmt pro, brought by a Royer mic for a loaner for a week and I figured it would be a great opportunity to test against our other go to mics!  We ran them through our tascam FW-1800 desk.  THough I would love to do the shoot out again when our ssl xrack mic pres get here – and also the apogee symphony … but since we only had the new toy for a week, I figured better try it out!

So to go over the mics again:

The Royer – a ribbon based microphone. Which I found to be very interesting.  I found it to add a smoothness to the voice over that might sound very nice for book reading or other narrations.

The MK4 – which has been a go to mic for me for VO and lip synch dubbing, because of it’s overall good for everything sound.

The Rhode NTK – a nice mic, that I use as a go to mic for VO – when I need a rich – in your face sound / like television commercials.  I really like this mic on male vocals.

Anyhow — here are the wavs and you can hear them for yourself.  🙂  Feel free to comment and I hope you find these useful.

MK4   NTK   Royer

Sennheiser MK4 vs AKG 3000B microphone

Here it is as promised,
The shootout between two microphones in a similar price range: the Sennheiser MK4 and the AKG 3000B. Both these mics are large cardiod condenser’s and are quite good for the project or home studio and will service a VO Talent quite nicely. In this narration test, I ran both microphones through a Great River MicPre and recorded the text simultaneously.

I hope this helps out if you find yourself in the market for a new microphone.  As always, though, try a mic before you buy.  🙂

The AKG 3000B:

[audio:http://russellwait.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/AKG3000B.mp3|titles=AKG3000B]

The Sennheiser MK4:

[audio:http://russellwait.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/MK4_test2.mp3|titles=MK4_test2]

Thanks for listening and catch you later.

Russell Wait