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26th June 2010
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Soft vocal microphone

I am looking for a soft vocal microphone. I am currently recording with a sm 57 (transformerless, very hard) with sebatron vmp tube pre and lynx aurora converter.

I think I will buy a sm 7b that I will use on the hardcore hiphop dudes, but currently I have been recording more mellow stuff with a vocalist with a very hard voice.

Any suggestions on a soft condenser for under 800 bucks?

Maybe oktavamod or something could be cool.
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Perhaps your definition of "soft" is different than mine.

I find 57s/58s to be quite "soft", as is the sm7. I guess that's why recordists like to put the sm7 on screamers, and why I don't like them in general. I don't know what a 57 sounds like without a tranny...perhaps they are "hard" sounding.

Beyer mics (e.g., m69, m88) are quite "hard" sounding, and I like them a lot.

Most traditional ribbon mics are "soft" sounding as well.

Note: my definitions of 'hard' and 'soft' are akin to those found in Mike Stavrou's "Mixing with you Mind".

Happy hunting!
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mixing with your mind is a great book, I am reading it right now. I can qoute him;

A U87 is harder than a U47; a Sm 57 is harder than sennheiser 421: which is harder than a U87 (page 42)

so what I am thinking of might be the The MJE-K47H:

OktavaMod - Shop

Any suggestions?
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The L/D Oktava is very what I would call "soft"(and I have MWYM too)
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I've been loving my AEA r84 - don't know how it'll play with a tube amp though, it likes lots of clean gain. Also, not to be a ball-buster, but you have a sebatron and a lynx but no mics besides a 57?
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I've been loving my AEA r84 - don't know how it'll play with a tube amp though, it likes lots of clean gain. Also, not to be a ball-buster, but you have a sebatron and a lynx but no mics besides a 57?
yeah I got many mics, but for drum recording since thats what I have been recording mostly at home. I don`t think I need a ribbon, I am looking for a LDC - any more suggestions?
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SM7b IS a 'soft' microphone !!!
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A modded-Oktava 319 is a nice "soft" LDC mic in my opinion, soft meaning little bit dark, not too sibilant. The MJ-modded NT1a also heads in that direction with the replacement capsule. Either would seem good value for an LDC you would get a lot of use from....
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A C414 is quite soft. Transient-wise that is. Not frequency balance.
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These are super soft - and come in 4 different colors!
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It doesn't get any softer than the shower microphone.

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