Originally Posted by zguy3n
I'm searching a preamp mic for vocal...
I use an telefunken AK 47 ( mark I ) for vocals with a BAE 1073mp
I love the smooth bigness of this pre.
Previously I was using an Avalon 737 which worked very very well.
Now the Avalon and BAE are different sounds, but what they have in common is that they are smooth and never harsh to my ear.
The avalon is a beautiful smooth match to the Ak 47 to my ear.
( Check it out yourself though, because you can get a used avalon for about 1000 and resell for same if you don't like it. Great thing about older gear )
The BAE is big and creamy and lush to my ear. This is my favourite for vocals.
I would have stayed with the Avalon except I need the gear running all day for sessions ( I am a Vocal Coach in Toronto ), and didn't want to be running the hot tubes all day long for singing lessons.
You can hear the AK47 with the Avalon on my voice here...
I was going for a very smooth, soothing tone.. Mystical Heart Music | Soothing Ethereal Music of Paul Gasztold
For vocal coaching / lessons I run an AKG 535 with the BAE ( 300 ohm setting to bring down the presence peak )
I can leave these on all day ( solid state ) and there are no tubes to get hot. And it sounds really good. The BAE is a great match for the 535.
On the artists page of my Vocal Coaching site you can hear clips of Singers with the BAE and 535 AKG. Singing Lessons & Vocal Coaching in TORONTO
I quite like this sound and Singers are giving good feedback. It is a very clear, smooth warm sound to my ear.
It is so surprising that a 300 mic can sound this good!
These days I pull out the AK 47 and BAE for recording sessions.
Although I could very happily use the Avalon, but haven't turned it on since I got the BAE.
I hope this helps you