RE: stereo mic for portable DAT

Subject: RE: stereo mic for portable DAT
From: Alistair MacDonald (
Date: Thu May 06 1999 - 05:35:14 EDT

I considered three mics, all in the same price bracket to use with a Tascam
DAP-1 (which has been great for me...)
Sony (can't remember the model) - nice sound, adjustable stereo width, but
handling noise a problem (when trying it out in a quiet studio, listening
over headphones I could hear the bones in my wrist cracking!). Also bulky.

Sennheiser MKE44P - similar sound & (subjectively) noise level to Sony
above, fixed 90 degree stereo, uses standard AA battery or phantom power.

Audio Technica AT825 - didn't get to try it out, but sales rep suggested
that the build quality wasn't the greatest. I have heard one since &
compared outdoor recordings of the same place with the Sennheiser and the
AT, both on DAP-1s, but didn't (subjectively) like the sound (?thin).

I bought the Sennheiser & don't regret it.

If they still make it, the MKE66 seemed to be a great bargain at about a
third of the price - unbalanced, battery power only, but nice sound and low


-----Original Message-----
From: Shawn Pinchbeck []
Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 1999 11:05 PM
Subject: Need advise on a stereo mic for portable DAT

Hi All,

I'm looking around for a mic for a portable DAT and am not sure of the
options in the sub $800 CDN range. My local music shop has an Audio
AT825 for about $500. Is there other mics in that price range that perform
better or would be more suitable to field recordings?

Thanks in advance!

Shawn Pinchbeck

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