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Re: Help me choose my first mic
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2009, 09:23:59 PM »

Future_One wrote on Mon, 11 May 2009 14:16

 I could afford to go with something like the Groove Tubes 'The Brick' or possibly a second hand Universal Audio Solo 110.



I would take a Brick over the UA any day... having used both.


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Re: Help me choose my first mic
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2009, 02:06:39 AM »

I think I would rather own an SM-7 or RE20 than any of the mics in the original list-- with exception that I've never used the A6 and can't comment on it.

Never used a KSM32, but having regular access to KSM44s I can say that once we got them our AT mics (4040 & 4050) never saw use again, although that's partly because the 44s were our only LDC pair, and so became very handy in a hurry.
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Re: Help me choose my first mic
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2009, 02:34:11 AM »

Hey NelsonL,

Once I had enough experience built up with comparing the KSM32 to SM7B and RE20, I sold them and bought more KSM32s.

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Well, enough talk... following Halfway_Competent's example, here's some fodder to help let your ears decide.  Future_One, give these a tracks listen and see if they vibe for you.  I do other kinds of music that the KSM has sounded good on, but have these ones posted & handy.

KSM32 on Vox.  KSM32 over the Weissenborn as half-room mic, half weissenborn mic.  KSM32 in the kick.  SM7B on floor tom.   Gefell UM70s on bass amp, in Omni.  All vocal overdubs through a Hardy M1 --> API2500 --> LA3A --> 003 line input.

   http://home.cogeco.ca/~derekdifilippo/diego/04%20The%20Maze. mp3

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Same as above but adding KSM32 on Banjotar.
   http://home.cogeco.ca/~derekdifilippo/diego/08%20The%20Loop. mp3

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Same as above (KSM32 on Weissenborn), Gefell in Cardioid on Ac. Bass, and now with Gefell on lead vocal through the same chain as above.
  http://home.cogeco.ca/~derekdifilippo/diego/09%20Elie's%20So ng.mp3



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Re: Help me choose my first mic
« Reply #18 on: May 12, 2009, 07:00:25 AM »

Hey Derek,

Nice sounding track, well done.

I've heard great things about the KSM 32s, but I also find my RE20 to be an excellent choice for some voices, including my own.

Truth be told, the last time I personally sang through an SM7, the KSM series didn't exist yet, and Clinton was still president-- but I do still have the LP to remind me that it worked well for that particular track.

Future One, if you're mostly recording one particular vocalist, then I'd suggest getting whichever mic suits their voice best. In my experience there's usually a clear winner.

Also, I inadvertently fibbed-- I had a 319 on loan for a year or so, but it was stock.
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Re: Help me choose my first mic
« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2009, 02:11:46 PM »



I'm not shy about saying I own and like the A-T 4047.

The Hamburg Mk8 would be in a similar "color-zone".

The A6, a bit more neutral. Vienna Mk8 more sparkling.


I use the A6 or Vienna on acoustic frets, the Hamburg on Cabs and
Male Vox.  (Having more than one 'sonic-paintbrush is a good thing).


Having a few mics that are bright, neutral, and mellow is the
best way to cover a lot of Source-Material in my experience.

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Re: Help me choose my first mic
« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2009, 05:34:07 PM »

Larry Villella wrote on Tue, 12 May 2009 11:11


Having a few mics that are bright, neutral, and mellow is the
best way to cover a lot of Source-Material in my experience.




Best advice yet.


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Re: Help me choose my first mic
« Reply #21 on: May 13, 2009, 12:18:07 AM »

Halfway Competent wrote on Mon, 11 May 2009 19:02

Future_One wrote on Mon, 11 May 2009 15:46



Thanks for that Derek. I had considered the Shure KSM32.  It seems to be a popular choice in this price range.

The AT4033-CL looks good too.  I'd like to do my own shootout but it would be very hard to to that where I live in New Zealand.


I own two 4033s...  But they are brighter than the 4047.

Listen:
http://www.tewsnet.com/dropbox/sample.mp3

Vocals = AT4047 via dbx 386 pre.  
Guitars = pair of AT4033 via Digi002 pres.

Also:
http://www.tewsnet.com/dropbox/Flaxen-Sample.mp3

Guitar = 2x 4033 thru DBX 386 pre.


If you've read my other posts, I'm probably starting to sound like a shill for A-T.  I'm really not, I just use 'em.  Smile


Very cool. Cheers again for posting these up.
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Re: Help me choose my first mic
« Reply #22 on: May 13, 2009, 12:24:27 AM »

Derek DiFilippo wrote on Tue, 12 May 2009 01:34

Hey NelsonL,

Once I had enough experience built up with comparing the KSM32 to SM7B and RE20, I sold them and bought more KSM32s.

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Well, enough talk... following Halfway_Competent's example, here's some fodder to help let your ears decide.  Future_One, give these a tracks listen and see if they vibe for you.  I do other kinds of music that the KSM has sounded good on, but have these ones posted & handy.

KSM32 on Vox.  KSM32 over the Weissenborn as half-room mic, half weissenborn mic.  KSM32 in the kick.  SM7B on floor tom.   Gefell UM70s on bass amp, in Omni.  All vocal overdubs through a Hardy M1 --> API2500 --> LA3A --> 003 line input.

    http://home.cogeco.ca/~derekdifilippo/diego/04%20The%20Maze. mp3

******

Same as above but adding KSM32 on Banjotar.
    http://home.cogeco.ca/~derekdifilippo/diego/08%20The%20Loop. mp3

******

Same as above (KSM32 on Weissenborn), Gefell in Cardioid on Ac. Bass, and now with Gefell on lead vocal through the same chain as above.
   http://home.cogeco.ca/~derekdifilippo/diego/09%20Elie's%20So ng.mp3







Thanks for those examples! Lovey songs there.  My girlfriend has fallen in love with them. The KSM32 seems to suit the vibe of the music perfectly.  I think that mic might be a bit too mellow sounding for what I'm after...  

I think I'm going to go for something a bit more hyped while still being on the darker tip if that makes sense.
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Re: Help me choose my first mic
« Reply #23 on: May 13, 2009, 02:30:04 AM »

Hyped, as I understand it, means exaggerated, maybe even brittle top end.

So I'm not sure how a dark mic can be hyped, but maybe others disagree.
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Re: Help me choose my first mic
« Reply #24 on: May 13, 2009, 03:06:04 AM »

NelsonL wrote on Wed, 13 May 2009 01:30

Hyped, as I understand it, means exaggerated, maybe even brittle top end.

So I'm not sure how a dark mic can be hyped, but maybe others disagree.


Yes I may have picked my words wrong.  By hyped I just mean not necessarily neutral.  I'd like something with some character and thickness and not to bright and thin sounding.
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Re: Help me choose my first mic
« Reply #25 on: May 13, 2009, 12:13:04 PM »

Future_One wrote on Wed, 13 May 2009 00:06

NelsonL wrote on Wed, 13 May 2009 01:30

Hyped, as I understand it, means exaggerated, maybe even brittle top end.

So I'm not sure how a dark mic can be hyped, but maybe others disagree.


Yes I may have picked my words wrong.  By hyped I just mean not necessarily neutral.  I'd like something with some character and thickness and not to bright and thin sounding.


I agree with your definition of "hyped".  Hyped does not have to mean treble; any frequency band can be hyped.  Take the Beta 52, for example...  Very hyped low-end.  Based on your description, it still sounds like the 4047 is what you want, but there are other fantastic options, too.  Smile  I'm curious to hear samples of the ADK stuff!  
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