A condenser mic without presence hype?
Old 12th March 2006
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A condenser mic without presence hype?

I am looking for advice on finding a good condenser mic without too much of a presence boost at the top end. I often record a female vocalist who is operatically trained, so when she belts out rock songs in full chest voice things can get a little harsh. I am picking up an EV RE20 to try as an altenative, but what I really prefer is a condenser. I have a good range of preamps.... Does anyone have any suggestions for mics that can handle loud bright female vox without adding too much hype? So far the best I have is a Milab DC63, but I am looking for any other ideas.
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Originally Posted by triez
I am looking for advice on finding a good condenser mic without too much of a presence boost at the top end. I often record a female vocalist who is operatically trained, so when she belts out rock songs in full chest voice things can get a little harsh. I am picking up an EV RE20 to try as an altenative, but what I really prefer is a condenser. I have a good range of preamps.... Does anyone have any suggestions for mics that can handle loud bright female vox without adding too much hype? So far the best I have is a Milab DC63, but I am looking for any other ideas.
Try a shure KSM 32
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The 414-BULS has a little bit of a dip at 3-4k, that might be what you're looking for.

Are you absolutely sure it has to be a condenser? Would a ribbon be right for your singer?

Hope this helps!
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Try a shure KSM 32
What Mixer guy said!!!
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The Neumann U89 has even a small dip in the frequnecy range about 4k to 8k.
I find the U89 to be the better mic compared to the U89 regarding resolution and less graininess. Reslly good for lot of female voices.
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Neumann M49 or Sound Delux E49?
Old 13th March 2006
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Why not a Royer ribbon?

The Royer 122 ribbon mics have great transient response and can simulate a condenser mic beautifully with a little hi freq boost if desired. Plenty of NATURAL sounding top end with NO hi end hype.

The R122 although figure 8 have amazing null points (sides and top) and are quite directional at reasonable distance. I take advantage of these null points as they allow me to isolate other intruments, drums or ambience.

I own 4 and consider them among the bset sounding mics being made today.

If you need a condeser mic for other reasons consider a Shoeps. They do not have a hyped hi end. Very defined yet warm.
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I find the U89 to be the better mic compared to the U89 regarding resolution and less graininess. Reslly good for lot of female voices.
I assume you're talking about the U87 here?
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