Just grabbed my second LDC, so I figured for kicks I'd do a blind A/B of the two of 'em here. I can't remember if I mentioned the second one around here, and while I've mentioned the first if you don't remember what it is don't look it up and ruin the fun.
I did one take of the intro to Porcupine Tree's "Trains" with the two mics as close to each other as I could get, recording both takes, and then did a second take where I switched positions, to make it as fair as possible. both were run through the same two-channel preamp with as close to identical gain settings as I could get.
Aside from a quick boost up to CD-ish volume, I didn't do a thing else to them, and frankly the doubling isn't so tight so don't be too hard on me for what's really a pretty raw track here.
Here they are:
And then, for the heck of it, one track of each, L/R.
Thoughts? Favorite, at least in isolation?
I like Mic 1 more in isolation... it's warmer, and more 'vibrant.'
Mic 2 is a more traditional 'acoustic in a hard rock band' flavor with more top-end extension and a flatter, more scooped-feeling midrange. That might help it in a mix, though; I've often found that stuff that sounds less good in isolation will actually sound better blended with other instruments.
However, by itself I definitely prefer number 1. Also, the "Blend of the two" seems to be linking the same file as "mic1.mp3."