I've searched plenty and read hundreds of threads here in the last few days. This place is a great resource (definitely going to hang out here!) so forgive me if I'm going to repeat a bit!
Hi Guys, I'm trying to get into doing sound & music for video games. I was recently broken into and had a lot of my stuff stolen. Some was not being used, so if I get money from the insurance from it I see it as a blessing. I am also getting my student loan soon, which I have taken to upgrade my gear. I realise many
First up is the portable recorder - I had a Tascam DR-100 and was happy with it. It failed on my and Tascam provided without a doubt the worst customer service I've ever encountered. They flat out refused to repair it because I bought it second hand, after lecturing me on the 'pitfalls' of shopping online. Anyway, The mic pres were a little noisy, so I'm stuck inbetween the Tascam DR-680 and the Marantz PMD661. I realise the difference between the two, but am contemplating spending more to get the 4 inputs. This entirely depends on the insurance payout (I'm also buying 3 SSD's to upgrade my composition station so that's taking a huge chunk). I guess I'm asking if the DR-680's pres are quieter than the DR-100? From what I've read the DR-680 is a better choice than the R-44 and I can't find any 4 input field recorder close to the price.
Next is the microphone selection. All for sound effects.
1. I was thinking the Røde NT4 for ambiances. I have an NTG-3 and love it, and have had great results with all Røde mics I've used. I'm a little worried how 'closed' the X/Y pattern will sound for ambiance. I've not found a similar mic in the price range (I know AT do their XY but that is out of my budget). Any feedback on ambiance recording with the NT4? I know I can also get a cheap stereo bar.
2. Next up I'm looking at a large diaphragm for cloth movements and quiet sounds. I was thinking the Røde NT2000.
3. Small diaphragm condensers - I'm a little confused here. I was going to get a pair of Røde NT55's but not sure if it is worth the price increase over the NT5's; I could get the capsules separately later. I'm now also looking at the M3 and NT3 and not really understanding the differences; is it just the swappable capsules? (Can the NT5/5's handle loud noises as well as the M/NT 3?)
4. Wind protection - I'm thinking of just getting the Røde Blimp for both the NTG3 and NT4. I'd then consider 2x dead kittens for the nt4 when I don't want to carry the whole Blimp, and to cover the 2 small dia's when doing spaced pairs in the field. Does this sound good?
I realise I'm going very rode heavy - I think they are fantastic mics at great prices, and the dealings with the company have made me very happy with them so far. Definitely above and beyond. I guess I'm just asking the questions I've asked and for the rest of the essay I'm seeking validation. I have read and done my research to the best of my ability, but just want to make sure I'm going down the right paths.
This is a bit of a wall of text, and I apologise - I've tried to format it as neatly as I could. I'd love to be able to spend more on mics but as I said I have 3xSSD's to buy, some more software instruments and would love some of the loan left to live off!
Many, many thanks in advance.
EDIT: Thanks so much for the responses. I'm now even more confused and wondering what to do! I'm between the two set ups now (prices are rough, at the cheapest I've found). I realise there are a few cables and that I'd need to get as well. Unfortunately I don't think I can afford the DR-680
AT 4050 - £482
AT BP4025 - £420
Rode Blimp - £189
Rode Nt5 pair - £269
Rode Omni caps - 2x£69
Marantz PMD661 - £419
Marantz PMD 661 - £419
AT 4050 - £482
2x AKG SE 300B - £301
2x AKG CK 92 - £300
2x AKG CK 91 - £300
Rode Blimp - £189