I believe that microphones are something everyone should experiment with to get the best sound for the application, but my students and others new to the business lack experience and are often looking for good starting points for professional technique.
So, for fun, I'm looking to develop two crowd-sourced "classic" mic lists, using two definitions of classic:
1. of the first or highest quality, class, or rank: "a classic piece of work."
2. serving as a standard, model, or guide: "the classic method of teaching arithmetic."
List 1 will be what your mic choice would be for a particular application if money were no object; list 2 will be what you use (or see used) most commonly.
I will publish the results here in conjunction with the upcoming 2014 USITT convention. All data from the survey (except for optionally given email addresses and names) will be available to anyone interested for download. And, I will randomly select one survey responder and give them a copy of my book, Show Networks and Control Systems.
If you use microphones for live shows, please take a few minutes to fill out my survey here.
The survey will close at noon NYC time on Saturday, March 22, 2014.