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Old 08-13-2013, 08:10 PM   #1
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Studio Vocals Microphone

What do you guys suggest as your favorite studio vocal microphone and roughly how much does it cost would also be appreciated.
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Old 08-13-2013, 08:12 PM   #2
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Shure SM7b - $349
into Focusrite ISA 428 - $1,499.

My Audio Technica AT4060 ($1349) is pretty good, too... but I I've been thinkin of sellin it recently, since I rarely choose it over the SM7b anymore.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:29 PM   #3
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Love my ADK Thor, personally, price depends on location so Google it. There's loads of mics I've never tried though, but would love to if money allowed and I'm sure I'd find plenty I liked more if I wasn't just talking mid-price mics.

I mean, a Neumann U69 sounds like the kind of thing I'd love, but as they're so hard to come by I can only judge by trusted opinions and listening to examples that are hard to judge used to differing preamps, mixes etc.
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Old 08-14-2013, 04:31 AM   #4
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AKG C414B-XLS. I don't own one yet, but the studios I've worked/studied in all have them. You can literally put it on anything and it will do a great job.
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Old 08-14-2013, 07:12 AM   #5
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AKG C414 XLS (the version without B is newer, the XLII has a more coloured sound), found a minute ago new for $640 on ebay.com

Soooooo awesome.

sE Gemini 5 - $900, is pretty nice too.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:44 AM   #6
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AKG C414B-XLS. I don't own one yet, but the studios I've worked/studied in all have them. You can literally put it on anything and it will do a great job.

Yeah I love the C414 on just about everything, they're an amazing workhorse.

sE 2200a is ridiculously nice for the price.

The Blue Bottle is lovely to have around. A nice ribbon like a Coles 4038, C&T Studio vocalist or AEA R44 can work wonders on a lot of voices too.



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What do you guys suggest as your favorite studio vocal microphone and roughly how much does it cost would also be appreciated.

Somehow I expect you're looking for real-world suggestions rather than a list of our favourite mics...but if that's the case, you need to give more information (budget, uses etc).
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:03 AM   #7
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^ the 4038 is one of my all time favourites. SUCH a nice sound

EDIT also u87 should get the necessary mention. It's such a standard for studio vocals.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:58 PM   #8
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Depends on budget. AT4040 is a great workhorse in the $500 category. U87 and C414 if you have money to spend.
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Depends on budget. AT4040 is a great workhorse in the $500 category. U87 and C414 if you have money to spend.

Add the venerable SM7B and SM57 + external pop filter to this (it sounds quite similar to an SM7b, especially if you remove the transformer - but that's getting into mic modding).
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Add the venerable SM7B and SM57 + external pop filter to this (it sounds quite similar to an SM7b, especially if you remove the transformer - but that's getting into mic modding).

I've got an old Shure Unidyne III (SM57 forerunner), without a transformer. Really lovely dynamic, does vocals much better than a stock SM57...though the output is pretty low. Definitely a mod worth trying if your preamp has plenty of clean gain.
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I've got an old Shure Unidyne III (SM57 forerunner), without a transformer. Really lovely dynamic, does vocals much better than a stock SM57...though the output is pretty low. Definitely a mod worth trying if your preamp has plenty of clean gain.

You've got a Unidyne? COOL!
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You've got a Unidyne? COOL!

It's completely dead now

I've messed with it at great length, everything suggests the capsule itself is dead. Maybe one day I'll fit a 57 capsule in it just because the silver body and retro logo looks awesome.
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:53 PM   #13
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Lets not forget that also when you buy high end mics the preamp also becomes more important. I've also heard some great things done with high end tube preamps and low end mics, like UA Solo 610 and a SM58 - a buddy did a production on a metal band and put some of that tube drive on a crappy SM58 the singer was insisting on using (think Napalm Death style vocals) and it was impressive.

Forgot to mention the Nuemann KMS 105 - did vocals on a fem. singer that came in with that mic and it was also fantastic.
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Old 08-16-2013, 11:09 PM   #14
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I'm quite liking my Rode K2 (used $500) and my SM7b. (new $400). Both are great mics that won't break the budget.

The U87 is kind of a no-brainer.

Just to throw something a little more esoteric into the mix (haha), if you can find a Sennheiser MD441 (longer, and more square looking than the MD421), people like Elton John, Van Morrison and Stevie Wonder have had great success with those in the studio.

With money being no object, (like this comes in at almost $10K), the Sony C-800G is fantastic.

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