When I was looking for microphones, I too wanted to record insects and
frogs and their natural environments (as opposed to parabolic micing
to get single individuals). Towards this end, I bought a pair of
Sennheiser's - MKH30/40 - and could not be happier.
It's true, Sennheisers are expensive, but they retain their value,
last for decades, and most importantly, they have a nice flat response
and produce very clean and noise-free recordings. If I ever need to
buy microphones again, it will probably be a few decades into the
future, or when I want to begin recording for ambisonics or surround -
a topic for another discussion.
--- In "pga7602" <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> I want to upgrade my mic setup to be used for recording frogs and
> insect sounds. My current setup is a Sony MZ-RH10 hi-md recorder with
> a small sony emc-ds70p stereo mic. The setup works fine, but I am now
> ready to get a more cleaner sound from my recordings.
> I have narrowed my choices down to either a pair of Rhodes NT1As or a
> pair of AT-3032. I would like some recommendations from users that
> have used both setups.
> I am aware that I will need to purchase a stereo mic adapter and a
> portable phantom power unit.
> I have considered the NT-4s, but read that they can cause sureal or
> fake sense of space in the recording.
> Please advise. Thanks.