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Old 22nd May 2008 , 09:50 AM
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Question The perfect Mic for Vocals

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I need an excellent quality studio microphone purely for recording vocals - nothing else. Although recording instruments wether harmonic or percussive is not required, I do need the Mic to handle a range of vocalists from soft, wispy voices, to the attitude laden diva! Budget around 350/400

Also, should it be 'condenser' or 'diaphragm'?

And my final query, is a specific 'pick up pattern' (eg omni/cardioid) specification important to get the best sound down?

Thanks a lot guys
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Old 17th June 2008 , 11:44 AM
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all condensors have a diaphram. Thats the part that picks up the sound. My advice is get a SE 5600a. great valve sound, decent SPL, bags of clarity
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Old 17th June 2008 , 09:07 PM
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I have one myself, it's got plenty of warmth and versatility thanks to it's valve and switching polar patterns on the PSU with intermediate stages; really useful for different mic'ing techniques!
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"Also, should it be 'condenser' or 'diaphragm'? "

I think you mean condenser or dynamic. Personally I use the shure sm7b or the electrovoice RE-20 for vocal duties. Both these microphones are dynamic and sound very thick and 'warm' for want of a better phrase. Dynamic microphones are ideal for breathy female vocals or taming sharp/loud male vocals. You may want to consider this as a different flavour to condenser microphones.
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Old 20th June 2008 , 10:03 AM
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Yeah, cheers Dan, I did mean 'dynamic' not 'diaphragm', well picked up on.. Thanks to all you guys above.. you've certainly helped clear up a murky area for me.. Luvvly jubbly...:-)
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Got myself an AKG Perception 150 yesterday, surpisingly good for the money.

Comes with a Mini Poster which is a bit weird - I certainly wouldnt put a foot long image of the Mic in my room anywhere. Wish they'd put in a windshield or something useful but there you go... cant complain, excellent value for the money as it is now.
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Shure 545, crystal clear.
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Old 2nd July 2008 , 10:39 PM
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[FONT="Tahoma"][SIZE="2"]I had a similar question a year ago. Read up a lot about recording environment and mike techniques. I tested out a range of the well known or recommended models, but for me a secondhand Neumann TLM 103 was the choice. It is also so versatile.
I have not regretted that decision whereas before I have bought relatively expensive mikes and wish that I had just bit the bullet!
best wishes.[/SIZE][/FONT]
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Thanks guys.. the advice keeps coming thick 'n fast and is much appreciated
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Id just like to say how pleased I am with the Samson CO3 condenser mic I bought from DV a couple of weeks ago which is used in my small production studio. What a difference it's made to my recordings, thanks guys.
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I've got an SE Z56000aII and love it!! The ability to change response patterns and low cut filter are very useful features too.
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Had some amazing results with the RODE K2 @ the weekend. If you are looking for a vintage sounding tube mic then you won't find it here... but you do get great presence and depth with none of the top end hype Ive experienced with mics from the same company. I got it in the 'vintage' sounding zone in conjunction with the UA 610 preamp.

What sort of vocals are you after?
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Old 3rd July 2008 , 12:01 PM
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You'd probably get a decent quality valve mic on that sort of budget, I've used a Rode K2 recently, which is wonderfully characterful with a continously variable pickup pattern, as your second question doesn't really have a specific answer, it always depends on the situation, so it's a double bonus if your mic does them all...
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Old 7th July 2008 , 06:24 PM
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If youve got the money go for a neumann...
Industry standard for vocals...
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Old 7th July 2008 , 08:59 PM
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The Rode valve series are indeed a safe bet for pretty much any vocal application.
Although I wouldn't recommend less than the C414 for well, let's face it, incredible sound quality, it's 100 out of your price range at 489.
I doubt the C214 is much different sound wise, just less options as it only has a Cardiod polar pattern. If you're only ever going to be recording one person at a time, i'd recommend this (or the Rode NT1-A!)

AKG C 214 Condenser Microphone at DV247.COM

If you're recording more than one person at a time, you'll benefit from stereo recording, so i'd recommend this (again, the NT1-A.) Rode NT1-A Matched Pair Studio Condenser Microphon at DV247.COM
They're especially good for home studio use because they pick up what's right in front of it and not too much else.
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