Yeah, I've grown tired of guessing and that's why im testing. I have also realized that what one thinks is a bright mic, might be airy to someone else.
I have made my tests in a reated room and with two Gik screenpanels behind me.
Well anyway, to me the U87ai
and Manley ref c are totally different. To me the u87
has the same mid forward character as peluso 2247, pearman tm1 etc, on my low (dark) voice it sounds thin and boxy. The manley suited my voice well, but a tad too much of upper highs, but with eg ma5 it was very polished, but for me a bit pricey.
But the bock 195 with fat switch on made my voice come alive, the low boost really made it. To me it also made the acoustic guitar shine also the ugly mids are gone.
Over the weekend i will try them in
Our rehearsel room, a much much bigger room, will report again.
But to me, the u87ai
, nothing special, plain boring, there cheaper mics that will give better results. The manley is a different story if you got the cash.