Originally Posted by shadowkid33
Hey guys, just wanted to say thanks for all the help! I'll look up some samples of all those mics and narrow it down to a few to try!
The song sample sounded pretty jammin!
A couple thoughts...a little off topic, but I believe worth considering;
Some rock singers just perform better with a handheld mic...The handheld also gives the singer the ability to track vocals without headphones...point the monitor speaker right at him....the bleed from the monitors is not much if the singer is right up on the mic.
I've experienced this a few times, where the singer is so used to performing live, and moving his head and body with the drive and feel of the soundtrack...the handheld can be the only way to get the performance, usually with the band fist pumping during the tracking performance, feeding the energy.
Of course the usual SM57 and 58 are options, but I have had really good results with both the Sennheiser MD421 (with a large foam cover from the extra large foam cover that comes with the Shure SM7b, and also the SM7B in these situations.
I have said things to the singer like "dude, this is a $350 mic in your hand...just don't drop it or I'll kick your A22. Things like this lighten the mood, get some laughs from the band, and hopefully the singer is ready to nail it.
Or, if your singer performs better in the standard studio setting with a LDC mic, pop filter, and good mood lighting, I like Rode K2 for vocals, I also have 2 freinds that use a similar Rode NTK, and vocals sound great with that mic.
The bonus is that the Rode K2 and NTK a both are really good acoustic guitar mic, amongst other things.
Those mic generally do much better if you are not right up on them...keep the pop filter about 7" away, just in case the singer gets right up on the pop filter.
Also metioned earlier, the AKG 414 (my experiences with the 414 B ULS) is a great choice for a Vocal mic, similar all around great mic like the K2, but a bit less character than the Rode K2 tube mic in my opinion.
Also...just added this;
The MD 421 and SM7b are great choices for normal vocal tracking too (mic stand, headphones ' popfilter....but they can be used also as handhelds.
Hard to say which one would be best on that singer...it would be a fun shootout.
I would bet on the MD421 as being the winner..
Hope that helps a little bit...