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stompboxjon 14/02/2013

Sony C-38B : Recensione di stompboxjon (content in English)

"it does not get any better than this!"
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The Sony C-3B is the type of microphone that can be used for anything. It is a large diaphragm mic that is intended for broadcast and studio uses. I love the way this microphone sounds with more aggressive instruments with a lot of dynamics like trumpets and saxophones. With the dual switch that it has on it for omni-directional and uni-directional polar patterns it gives exactly what you may need for the current recording session. The price for this microphone is very expensive and I have only used it in a big studio where the acoustic treatments and perfect environment could be a contributing factor to how it sounds. But if I could afford to spend almost 3 grand on a microphone to have at home I would get this one in a heartbeat!

OVERALL OPINION

The sound of this microphone is very clean and crisp. When we recorded with it there was no need to even worry about boosting any frequencies because it puts a little boost on those mid to high range frequencies and they were cutting through the mix right away without even touching them. There is also a low cut filter and a pad switch on the Sony C-3B.
The engineer at the studio said this is his favorite microphone to record with because it works perfectly for anything and has never failed him. I highly recommend this microphone to any musician or studio that can afford to purchase it.
The pad switch is an -8dB pad witch that gives added headroom while leaving out distortion. The C-38B has a great dynamic range to pick up all sorts of vocals and instruments. I would love to see how it would sound in just a regular “home bedroom” setting and not a major studio just to see how it can compare to some higher end affordable microphones that I have. Because in the studio, there are a lot of acoustic things to take into consideration on how much better it could be making it sound. But the C-38B has become my dream microphone that I plan on purchasing as soon I get the money for it!