I was listening to some newish bands like The Black Keys and The Black Angels.They seem to have a similar style of vocals and I was wondering how do they achieve it?I seen Jack White from The White Stripes a long time ago using a Harmonica mic on stage and acheiving a kind of similar sound but not quite the same,Could the mic have much to do with it?I know nothing about how vocals are recorded or anything as you can tell so that's why I ask what could be such a stupid question.Cheers.

Heres a link to a song by each band so you can hear what I'm on about.


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First one sounds like some type of reverb or delay.

Second one makes me think of those mics from the 60s.
Last edited by zomgguitarz1234 at Oct 17, 2011,
Easy peasy!

In the case of these bands, they probably used some very nice vintage mics and preamps.

In a home studio environment, you'd use your normal vocal mic (probably a large-diaphragm condenser) and then use compression, EQ, delay and perhaps a little distortion to create that vintage sound.

As an example, this is a track I did recently: http://profile.ultimate-guitar.com/kyle62/music/all/play1046110

- To get the a gritty, lo-fi vocal sound I recorded the vox as normal using my cheapo Samson USB condenser mic.
- I then duplicated the channel so I had two copies side-by-side, Clean and Dirty. The reason for this is to blend a little bit of clean signal back into the heavily distorted vocals, for clarity.
- On the Dirty track, I EQ'd in a hi-pass and lo-pass filter to cut out a lot of the bass and treble for that 'telephone effect'.
- I added a little compression to emphasize the breath noise.
- I ran the whole thing through a very slightly overdriven Fender Twin simulation.
- And finally, a short slapback echo to help it sit in the mix.