Condenser mics anyone?

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The reviews on this cheap Donner are strong and sounds like it's a lot better quality that you'd expect at that price point.

Donner's reviews are mostly bogus; they're just a front for the Rantion Technology company in China. The same company also makes the Kohree brand of RV supplies, Kattee handbags and Magreel fishing equipment, all sold through Amazon and not at retailers who actually specialize in those products. Obviously, they're really good at marketing. I think you can do better.

I admittedly don't know a ton about condenser microphones and I'm not a singer, but for $154, I do love my Rode Procaster Dynamic mic.
 
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>>>>That's the ONLY reason for having mics that span the spectrum of price and performance.<<<<

Again, mostly agree, but speaking as a musician who has worked with musicians, singers, and rappers for over 40 years, and who co-owned a pretty tricked out studio that did a fair amount of across-the-board work, that "ONLY reason" stuff is just plain wrong. Yes, it relates to various sources and various tools for various jobs. But that's even true in a personal studio, not just commercial. You *could* record a guitar cabinet, a bass cabinet, a kick drum, and a vocal with the same mike. But not all of those will be the best choices for each of those things individually, let alone when you add multiple voices or different sound sources based on many different clients and project requirements. Choices are where it's at.


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Donner's reviews are mostly bogus; they're just a front for the Rantion Technology company in China. The same company also makes the Kohree brand of RV supplies, Kattee handbags and Magreel fishing equipment, all sold through Amazon and not at retailers who actually specialize in those products. Obviously, they're really good at marketing. I think you can do better.

I admittedly don't know a ton about condenser microphones and I'm not a singer, but for $154, I do love my Rode Procaster Dynamic mic.

You're probably correct about bogus reviews but one thing I've observed, Donner is doing a GREAT job on the stuff they put out. I have the DMX dongles and guitar pedals, that have been rock solid. If this mic is even remotely in the ballpark, I'll consider it a win. BTW, Rode mics are also top notch (for knock-offs) in my book. I think in recording, the performance is the main key. A slightly diminished quality mic or pre will not cause problems in the mix.

BTW, on BIAB, I had to re-do my upgrade download yesterday. Had a "Pro" version of 2022 that had about 275 RealBand styles on it. The new "UltraPak+ 2023" has something over 3000 styles and it's just crazy how stupid good everything sounds. No more fighting to get good tone from midi. I believe I'll have enough new toys to play with for some time to come. Can't wait to get that Donner mic in on Saturday.
 

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Things are beginning to take shape for the new little home studio. BTW, no smart remarks about the overflowing garbage can. ;)

I got in that Donner U87 clone. While I don't have a Neuman to A/B it with, I will say that I'm very impressed with this mic. For the price paid, it's a huge surprise at just how good it sounds. I also picked up Focusrite Voicemaster Pro channel strip. Love everything except the small print but it's also a lot better than the $250 I paid for it. For A/D, I have a Presonus Audiobox USB96. Great little unit and I'm using the latest edition of Studio One. Did a bit of playing/tracking the other day and so far, the DAW is pretty easy to figure out. Finally, I picked up a 2-tier keyboard stand along with a set of 5" M-Audio speakers. So far, they have a nice, balanced tone and I'm hoping they'll be good for mixing. Plans are that I have a singer coming in Wednesday evening to do a little more playing with the toys. The room that I'm in is too small, but it will do for now. Eventually, I'm planning to bring in a portable building, I'm thinking 14X32 or 14X40. I know better than to think this is going to be a big money maker but it's a nice hobby to bang around on. As of now, I don't ever intend to build out a full-band capable studio. What I really enjoy is to cut the basic tracks myself then I'll use Nashville cats to remotely dub things like steel guitar, fiddle, harp, mandolin, etc.

Thought you guys might be interested. Thanks for listening.