KM 84 Alternative? Listen for yourself
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Acoustic Guitar: Neumann KM 84 vs. OktavaMod'd MK-012
In the clip above, Grammy-winning engineer Bill Pearson cuts back and forth between the legendary KM 84 and my mod'd MK-012. There are thirteen edits in this clip. The mics are so similar the clip sounds like it was recorded with one mic only!
Michael Joly Engineering modified MK-012 Matched Pair
MJE modified MK-012 vs Neumann KM 84 on Piano
Neumann KM 84 pair, piano
MJE mod'd Oktava MK-012 pair, piano
The very popular MK-012 small diaphragm condenser mic is one of the seven wonders of the audio world - with over 90,000 in use wordwide it has been heard on countless indie and major label releases because it sounds way more expensive than it really is.
OktavaMod upgrades this studio workhorse with a special Premium Electronics component package to increase resolution, lower noise and reduce distortion while improving transient response. One of my Hollywood film sound clients recently said his OktavaMod '012 mics sound "as good as any Neumann KM-84 set I've heard" (see reviews).
This is Michael Joly writing, the guy behind OktavaMod. You're invited to contact me directly to discuss your mic needs and discover if the modified MK-012 MSP2 is right for you.
On acoustic guitar for example, these mods allow finger and plectrum attacks to be rendered with more transient detail. Strummed rhythm work is presented with better fundamental-to-harmonic time alignment and less distortion to eliminate chordal "train wrecks". And finally, bass frequency response is extended while its impulse response is tightened. Similar resolution improvements can be expected in drum overhead applications and other instrument recording tasks that call for small diaphragm mics.
The set includes two factory-matched cardioid capsules, two Premium Electronics upgraded bodies, two 10dB pads and two basic stand adapter clips all packaged in an attractive wooden jewelers case. I also include my own signed and dated Certificate of Authenticity for your modified mics.
Click "Add to Cart" to purchase a new, modified MK-012 MSP2 (black) mic set. You'll get an immediate confirmation email of your order. By the close of the next business day you'll receive a personal email from me with your scheduled shop modification and shipment dates. Questions? Just click "Contact Me" below - best, Michael
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