I haven’t upgraded specifically from a NT1A, but I have upgraded mics in the past and definitely there is - in general - a difference going from a low end to a mid to high end mic. I would say there are a number of mics in that range where you would hear a positive difference.
Interesting, do you use the NT1A on your acoustic guitar Joel? or something else?
You have a really good sound. I have been underwhelmed by how my guitar picks up on my MXL.
Just sound dull. Maybe it’s partly due to my cheap, cheap Fender Acoustic.
Well, back the main topic, I hear the SM7 is a good affordable choice. Was used in the Michael Jackson’s Thriller album
I think it’s around 600$ or so.
I personally upgraded from a 5$ generic mic to a 200$ (overpriced and got it on sale for 50$) MXL 910.
It is good for some things but just not good enough for my purposes.
No, I haven’t used the NT1A at all but only know it by reputation as a good mic for its price range. But I have gone through the process of starting with a cheaper mic/preamp combination and eventually upgrading. My biggest “aha!” moment wasn’t due to a mic, but a preamp, after upgrading from a pair of Presonus Tube Pres to the FMR RNP, and realizing that I was now able to mix acoustic tracks without creating a huge pile of over EQ’d mud.
I’m always trying different combinations of mics since I’m never quite satisfied with my guitar sound. My latest phase is stereo mics with an SDC angled toward the sound hole (almost always a Joly modded Oktava MK012) and a LDC at the other end of the guitar somewhere, which is usually the Bottle Rocket, pointed at the bridge or some other spot. I just recorded one with the LDC pointed at the edge of the guitar and really liked the way it sounded. Only recently have I started keeping a note of mics and placement, so maybe when I listen back a year from now I can reproduce certain sounds.
Anyway, the SM7 is a great mic, and is actually around $350. I bought it to use for vocals, but found that I like a brighter mic on my voice. But I use it for many other things, including percussion and sometimes even as the large diaphragm part of my guitar setup. I don’t know if I’d recommend it as an acoustic guitar mic necessarily, but I hate the way new strings sound on a guitar and the SM7 helped mellow out the clanginess.