Originally Posted by rossnuk
Hi, enjoying recording acoustic tracks - vocals to, using my old Tascam porta studio 424 mk3.
Currently using gemini mk2 mic for vox and akg c451b's for guitars.
I like the gemini on vocals but not so keen on sound of guitars with the akg's.
I am thinking of getting a Neumann u87i which should essentially cover both vocals and ac guitars.
I love the analogue sound - Gemini is poor on ac guitar though. Also, i use the budget beringer mic100 tube ultragain pre-amp which I know are not great.
Can anyone give me some ups if they think I should invest in the Neumann, and also a better pre-amp (I need one cos as you know there is no phantom power on these 4 tracks).
Back about 25 years ago, I used to record with a a few different 4 track recorders....Portastudio with a little mixing board built in, another Tascam 4 track cassete that required an external mixing board, and a yamaha cassete with a little mixer built in.
The is no doubt that although the gear is low fi, at least by today's standards, there is a certain vibe that comes off those demo sounding recordings that is pretty cool.
If you are considering using higher end gear and Neuman U87 mics, I would suggest considering an upgrade to the recording medium.
I remember the jump from the Porta Studio quality to a Tascam 38 =1/2" reel to reel was a real nice upgrade. It still retain some of the demo type of vibe, but the final recordings sounds much more "studio quality" and less like a demo.
Best of luck Brotha.