A couple years ago I wanted a decent small condenser mic for recording acoustic guitars. I did a little research and bought a Shure sm 81. It sounded better than my dynamic mics on the acoustic but I never really was blown away by it. It seemed to have quite a presence effect, too much bass. Fortunately it had a built in bass roll off adjustment that helped. Still just not right. My playing always sounded choppy, seemed to pick up the transients well but then dropped off too quick. Tried using compression after but still didn't care for it. Therefore I just never used it. Lately I have been working on fingerstyle acoustic work and have been really feeling like I need to start recording some pieces so I can be more analyical of my progress or lack there of. So after lookin around I decided to just bite the bullet and buy a Neumann 184 small condenser mike. It just came yesterday. Did a quick test recording and I cannot believe the difference.
no eq just straight record (very slight compression and touch of reverb). Wow
Ignore the slight flub near the end was just a quick one take piece. Now I have to work on recording some fingerstyle pieces.