Thanks for all the input. The choices are enormous, but maybe not so much within my budget.
Well it's hardly the only XY stereo mic in the world (the Røde NT4 is another example), but it is cheap and the lightweight side-adress LDC-style body makes for excellent placement freedom at the end of a fully extended mic boom. I used to use a pair of Oktava MK-012s and have employed various stereo array setups, but I always came back to XY for the freedom it provides when mixing and editing (mine's a recording perspective, I rarely do live sound anymore).Love the idea of the MXL-V67Q stereo mic as a single stand XY pattern device.. if it works well.
Why didn't someone come up with that before.. when I was lugging around 2 mic stands, cables and OH condenser/cardiod mics??
For this reason, I prefer SDC's as a "jobbing" overhead pair, & my go to are Rode NT5's. They're old school bomb proof in every regard - never let me down, & economical to buy for the quality too. However, I do use two because I like that stereo landscape live, & I use them spaced as I like the effect to be obvious without being grossly exaggerated. In higher dynamic music, for me, if it isn't obvious, it's not worth doing.
Here's a clip from a sound check last weekend.
I drive abut 80% of the sound from the overheads, leaving the close mic's to add a little tonal "weight" only. The image here is heavily weighted to the left due to camera placement (Zoom Q3 - built in mic's). I'll see if I have a distance capture of the same sound check, as I had a second camera at the desk.
I have ONE C214, and I couldn't afford a second one. But I did get two AKG P120's for a little over $100 and those are great for overheads. Cheaper than the MXL stereo mic too. And I don't need two stands because I have a mic stand adapter that allows me to mount two mics to it, so both the AKGs on it.I've been using a pair of AKG C214 LDC as overheads and love the way they capture the cymbals. I set them up as an A/B pair.
Recently I picked up a pair of Shure KSM137 SDC and just started using them. They seem to grab my toms a little better but the ride cymbal isn't quite as nice. Tried an X/Y pair but the A/B sounds better (imaging/sound stage). I think the 137 pick up the HH better as well (and the HH sounds better than when I use a dedicated SM81 SDC on them).
Here is a recent tune I did which just uses a C214 A/B pair for overheads and an old AKG D202 on the kick, nothing else for the drums. The vibes use a single SM81 centered, about a foot or so over my head.
I think so, although the sound guy dialled the bass drum back too far https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS9ui15043gOh, my gosh, Andy! The sound of that drum set simply sets the bar, in my opinion. Did the sound continue to offer that kind of presence and clarity once the loud stuff started?