First, I want to say it's been nice getting to know this forum. Calm discussion about shared passions with mercifully few trolls and inane arguments. It's refreshing, so thank you.
I do a fair amount of my tracking at a well equipped studio but also do a decent amount of remote work with a humble kit that has done me well. Mic wise, I have the usual dynamic suspects, a pair of M160 ribbons, and a few good condensers - KM84, LOMO 19A19, Beesneez Arabella (apparently U47ish but more open on top).
I also have a pair of cheap MCA SP-1s that I almost never use but am considering mod'ing them (https://microphone-parts.com/pages/mca-sp1-mods. Based on the Jim Williams mods I believe).
Does anyone have any experience with these mods? New capsules and electronics would put me back around $8-900 USD for the pair. Would I be better off with a pair of Shure KSM141s or other good all-arounders? Spending the money on one mic is also an option though having a pair of something would be nice. Was looking at a second 84 but the costs are getting nuts....
I'd mostly be using them when tracking multiple players so these mics would mostly likely end up as overheads, rooms or acoustics instruments.
I'm doing one early next week, different mic body, but same idea. Schoeps circuit with an upgraded capsule. I got an RK12 from Dachman Audio for $70. Could save you some money if it ends up being any good, or perhaps the same as the Mic Parts items.
Not sure how it will turn out but I've heard some good clips on blogs of this type of circuit, with this capsule.
I'm going to try some K47 style mics later when I have more funds.
Tim Campbell recently gave the thumbs up to this type of "upgrade" in another thread. So that's someone that's used to listening to really nice specimens of microphones.
Post by tasteliketape on Apr 9, 2021 9:03:57 GMT -6
Jim Williams did a mod for these at one time . I have one somewhere lol almost forgot I had it . After the mod I remember it being decent on acoustic guitar especially for the cost . Edit: Jim’s website says no longer doing mic mods
Jim hasn't done these mods in some time but if I understand correctly, the mods available from microphone-parts.com are based on his design. Do you happen to know what your mods were? Capsule and electronics or just one of those? I saw a quote from Jim saying he had close to a dozen of these mics, all with different mods so he'd have various sounds to chose from.
Yeah I know what you mean. I'm not overly worried about the quality of the original MCA as both the capsule and electronics are swapped out. Then again, if the body falls apart... Was mostly wondering if the end result would be a more useful pair of mics than what I could get elsewhere for just under a grand. Definitely not thinking I'd end a pair of C12s.
It's literally just a body for the parts, a chassis, an empty container. There are dozens of different mics at different price points you can do this with. One that people talk about now is the BM800 because you can get them for $20.