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Author Topic: AT 4060 vs Soundelux U195  (Read 6171 times)


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AT 4060 vs Soundelux U195
« on: April 26, 2004, 08:15:16 PM »


I need some help deciding between these mics for vocal applications. The 4060 is under consideration mainly because George Massenburg recommended it to someone else as a vocal mic on the MP forums and I've only seen good remarks from everyone else. Soundelux seems to get raved about and the U195 is the only one that I can afford. Also, the 4060 is a couple hundred less.

I will not be able to demo these mics, so I need some guidance.



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Re: AT 4060 vs Soundelux U195
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2004, 08:19:00 PM »

I thought Fletcher allows returns on mics? Check out the U195 that way?

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Re: AT 4060 vs Soundelux U195
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2004, 12:20:54 AM »

Oh, didn't know that, thanks!!  OTOH, I'm still looking for input and advice based upon others' experience.  Especially with the AT 4060.


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Re: AT 4060 vs Soundelux U195
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2004, 07:38:32 AM »

You really need to try the mic to see which fits your need. Different mics work for different singers in different styles.

I have a Soundelux E47, Gefel UM92.1, Shure KSM44, Neumann U87 and some KSM32's as possible vocal mics in my cabinet. there are currently 4 projects in my studio. The E47 sounds best on the 12 year old female that has an edgy high pitched young sound, the KSM44 sounds best on a slightly nasaly tenor folk singer, The Gefel sounds best on a 16 year old female belter, and the 44 year old Anne Murryish vocalist I have, sounds amazingly good in a Royer R121 ribbon.

So depending on who I was recording that week, I would have picked a different mic in any given shoot out. Since we can't hear what you are recording and don't know what you like, its pretty hard to recommend one over the other.

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Re: AT 4060 vs Soundelux U195
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2004, 09:24:08 AM »

The U195 is a great sounding mic for a lot of applications.  The fat switch gives a nice low-mid bump and it's got what I'd call a "gushy" high end on vox.  It'd be pretty good as drum overheads, a kick drum mic, vox for the right vocalist, GTRs (probably a little edgy for acoustic, but haven't tried it)

Haven't heard the AT, but I'm sure it's a good and versatile mic as well.  THe problem with buying mics blind is that you will at some point be disappointed.  You really need to try them both out in a shootout situation and choose the one that meets your goals sonically.  

You'd be surprised at what ends up working when you do a shootout.  A lot of times you put up what you think is going to be the perfect mic and another alternative and the alternative wins.  It's just how it is - you need to try 'em out.  
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