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j.hall

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vocal mic of choice.
« on: November 05, 2004, 09:32:11 am »

what is it?

i'll be cutting vocals with a rode classic (i think) on saturday.

i've never found a better vocal mic then a soundeluxe U-95.
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redelephant

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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2004, 12:09:09 pm »

Do you mean the U195? That is probably my favorite too. I wish I had one of my own.

I have had surprising results with the AKG Solidtube (runs and hides)...
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NelsonL

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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2004, 01:33:21 pm »

No need to run, this joint is pretty flame free.

I use an AT 4040 and most of the time it works pretty well. Granted, I'm using it through an Ampex tube pre that is pretty colored. Quad Eight stuff should arrive next week though!

Last night I had a Ben Gibbard-ish sounding guy in and I'm thinking of re-tracking with a dynamic instead.

J, what Blue mics do you like? I seem to remember you had a favorite. Also, would it be a decent FOK and Vox mic?
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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2004, 01:57:30 pm »

Currently, CAD M9.  In the past it has been AKG Solidtube, Oktava ML 52 ribbon, 319 or 219, or Sennheiser MD421.  AS you can see, I don't have a lot of fancy stuff.  
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j.hall

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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2004, 03:48:03 pm »

redelephant wrote on Fri, 05 November 2004 11:09

Do you mean the U195?



nope, i mean the U-95

they discontinued it years ago.....i've never gotten a straight answer but i think they tweaked it a bit and renamed it the 47.

the room i used to book had two U-95's and a telefunken U-47
(along with a slew of neumanns and various other stuff)

the U-95 slayed the U-47 on just about everything i used it on.

U-95's were drum overheads EVERY TIME.

bloodstone wrote:
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AS you can see, I don't have a lot of fancy stuff.



doesn't matter here.  this forum isn't about what you have and what you don't have.  it's about how you get the job done.

rattleyour wrote:
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J, what Blue mics do you like? I seem to remember you had a favorite. Also, would it be a decent FOK and Vox mic?



the kiwi.  it was awesome as a room mic, and was equally awesome on lead vocal.

didn't try it in front of the kick but i'd give it a shot in a heart beat.
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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2004, 08:18:43 pm »

For singing, there's this Microtech-Geffell UM-92 that's pretty cool. It's a tube mic, card/omni/8 patterns. I think it's supposed to be emulating some revered mic of the past, I don't remember which one. I like it because it provides a really honest & accurate representation of the singer, while still being flattering.


For screaming, nothing beats a 58. Or even a 421. Through a mackie pre that's turned up just to the point of distortion, or a boss blues driver.

imho.
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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2004, 08:33:16 pm »

I'll start with an Oktava 319. If the vocals need some more high end I'll use an MXL 990. Also the plain old 57 gets a lot.

I have this battery powered stero mic from Radio Shack that is awesome for big group background vocals. I used this on a rock-a-billy band recently and it turned out really good.
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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2004, 02:35:37 am »

I use a 70s U87 a lot on vocals.  My other favorite is a 421.  4047, 414, and GT AM52 sometimes.
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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2004, 04:26:47 pm »

The U95 is a great, great microphone. I recorded one of my favorite vocals ever on a Sparklehorse record with one of those and a telefunken V76. Supposedly the tube they used for that simply doesnt exist as new anymore, so they used a different topology altogether and made the U99, which is not so hot....

Vocal mic choice varies with every singer I record, but it seems like lately the C12VR that I had modded heavily has been good, a GT1a with a crazy NOS telefunken 12ax7, the RFT 7151 "leipzig bottle" mic always seems to work well.

I usually put up 5 microphones or so, let someone just sing for a minute into each one and go from there. It also depends on whether I am going to tape or to PTHD because there are a few i liked to tape that I dont like at all going "straight into the box."

The BLUE mouse has been kicking my butt on singers that I would normally have chosen a U87 for. I like it a lot more than the 87 on most voices.
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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2004, 06:40:04 am »

I dig the U-95 more than any mic, most of the time on male vocals. It's not clean, it's a bit crunchy but it has a nice crunch that works for rock. My second favorite mic which has a more robust front end and slays on female vocals is the neumann M-269c which is the German broadcast version of the U-67. BTW the U-95 was supposed to be a U-67ish mic, I think it stands on it's own.

FWIW the U-95 doesn't handle high SPLs very well, therein lies it's weakness which in turn may be it's strength too.
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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #10 on: November 07, 2004, 10:35:29 am »

I'll usually throw up a few mics for a singer to sing into, choose the best and go with it.  Nearly 99% of the time, I find myself favoring the AKG C-12A.  It's the american distributed C-12.  The top end clarity just slays.  

One mic I always throw up, yet have never been inclined to go in it's direction is a U87.  For whatever reason it always has a very "boxy" sound on vox in comparison to other mics.  

Lovin' the C-12A.
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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2004, 04:07:09 pm »

"BTW the U-95 was supposed to be a U-67ish mic, I think it stands on it's own."

Agreed. It sounds a little like a 67 that hasnt had 20 years of marlboro smoke blown in it....

It is a more "up front" sound than any 67 I have ever used.


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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #12 on: November 07, 2004, 05:44:02 pm »

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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #13 on: November 08, 2004, 11:23:46 am »

SM7, SM57, 421 and sometimes a MXLV67G for male and sometimes a SP B1 for delicate stuff like my daughters.


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Re: vocal mic of choice.
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2004, 04:00:05 pm »

I've gotten great results from a U87 and a BPM CR73.  Those were both borrowed.  I recently bought an AT 3035 and it sounded OK.  Then, I bought a Daking mic pre/EQ combo and THAT made the AT mic come alive.  I used think the mic had a somewhat fake and shrill top end, but with the Daking pre, it just sounds great.  Of course, YMMV.  
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