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Old 04-15-2001, 06:25 PM
blake eat world blake eat world is offline
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Default $1000 for a vocal mic

I'm planning on going for the BLUE Dragonfly, but don't want to splurge without others opinions
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Old 04-15-2001, 08:12 PM
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Default Re: $1000 for a vocal mic

I don't know, but you're the first person in the DUC to even mention them.
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Old 04-15-2001, 11:11 PM
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Default Re: $1000 for a vocal mic

I think it is important to say if the mic is for you or for your studio.

If it's for you primarily, then you certainly have to test before you spend the $$$. You know what you want to hear. And your voice is unique.

If it's for your studio, to be used with various vocalists, others experienced opinions are more important.

To answer your question, I like the TLM 103. Haven't tried the new Rodes which are getting some publicity. My second (close) choice was a Shure KSM32, then the AT 4033. heard good things about the AT 4047 but didn't get a chance to try it. The new Shure (KSM44?) should be worth checking out, more $$$, but multiple patterns. Also I have two Oktava MC012 with capsules for omni, cardiod, and hypercardiod. this is in my limited opinion the most versatile bang for the buck. Omni or Cardiod on acoustic instruments, hypercardiod on vocals. Awesome.Less than $700 matched stereo pair) online from www.oktava.com or around $400 (2mics, 3 patterns, unmatched) from Guitar Center.

Oktava is the best mic I have for acoustic guitar. Nuemann KM184 is supoosed to be better but much more expensive.

Much as I like the Oktava,if I had one vocal track to record I'd take the TLM103. My vocal range is between a baritone and a tenor, but closer to a baritone (James Taylor, Cat Stevens range - ok I'm 47). A tenor probably would have different preferences.

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Old 04-16-2001, 12:13 AM
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Default Re: $1000 for a vocal mic

this will be for studio use on various vocalists
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Old 04-16-2001, 02:16 AM
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Default Re: $1000 for a vocal mic

You may be aware of the 3D Audio CD in which 49 different vocal mics are auditioned with male and female voice. Not knowing you access to the different mic's in your pricerange, and your ability to return them if you don't like them, but you may want to check this CD out. A BLUE model is tested in the series, incidentally.

I own the Oktava MC012, and I find it useful for acoustic guitar as well. Perhaps I should make more effort to record voice with it. The $1000 mics that I do use for vocals, with good results fairly often, are AT4050 and Beyer 740 (perhaps more expensive currently). I've not personally used the Neumann TLM 103, but it does get a lot of talk.

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Old 04-16-2001, 08:18 AM
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I have had great success with the AT 4033. It seems to w0rk well with almost any vocal that I put in front of it. My preamp is an Avalon 737 tube so I have that going for me. I also like the AKG SolidTube for certain "rich" male voices that have a nice overtone to them "like James Taylor"

Both mics are well under $1,000. In fact the 4033 is under $500 I think.

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Old 04-16-2001, 08:40 AM
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Default Re: $1000 for a vocal mic

MicroTech Gefell UM-70S. Better (overall) than U87, almost TLM-170 size(sound). Very versatile, and you can get a matched pair for $2k. Check it out. TLM 103 very good, but no pattern switching, and "colder" than 87.

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Old 04-16-2001, 03:24 PM
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If you go for the MicroTech Gefell, aka the "East-German Neumann," BEWARE OF RF INTERFERENCE. This microphone can be great or useless, depending on where you are working. I used to have a project studio in the North Seattle area, and the MicroTech picked up so much garbage from the local Christian radio station that I only plugged it in once. All my other mikes worked perfectly, including a vintage M-49.

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Old 04-16-2001, 03:36 PM
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For $1000 you can get 2 Rode NTKs. I have never heard a better tube mic than the Rode NTK, and what it does for voice is pretty unbelievable. Well, ok, maybe that vintage U47 was better... but come on...

It's definitely worth checking out before you drop a grand. I never liked the earlier Rode mics, the NT1, etc, and avoided them like the plague. I bought an AT4033 instead. But the NTK is a total showstopper. I don't think I will ever use the 4033 again, in fact right now I'm in the process of re-tracking vocals for about 8 songs that were originally cut on the AT4033, with the NTK.
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Old 04-16-2001, 05:00 PM
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Don't overlook the AKG C-414. For $1100-1200, you can walk home with a C-414 B-TL II (same ol' 414, with redesigned C12-like capsule). It's made especially for vocals and it sounds fantastic with nearly everyone I've put it front of it. It has four polar patterns, and works nicely on many instruments as well.

The Shure KSM series mics are also quite lovely for their price.

And I continue to be repeatedly impressed by the AKG SolidTube. AKG could probably charge much more for this mic and still sell quite a few - I think we paid $800 (!!??!) for it.

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