I'm at the point of needing to buy a new vocal mic as well. My price range is a bit less than the original thread starter. I can't spend more than maybe $1300
tops. I've been using an AT4050
for years as my "go to" as it works well on everything, everytime. i don't even need to think about it. of course, just "working" isn't always the best thing for the artist. I need something a bit different, something with a slightly different character. I'm a very small studio on a very tight budget, and whatever I get needs to be fairly versatile - able to handle a wide variety of material with pleasing results. At the same time, I already have vanilla, so while I want something pretty versatile, a bit of character would be appreciated.
The single most important thing right now is that it sounds amazing on teen girls doing pop-rock type music
as I need that for a good sized project I'm in the middle of. 1 girl with a voice and style like a bit like Dia Frampton, but who can also belt it out. 1 girl with a voice that is a little sweeter and young sounding, pretty pure. In the past I've recorded both through a 4050, a 4047, a Dragonfly, and a FATHEAD II. the AT mics did fine before, but I thought they both could have benefited from perhaps a bit more character at the mic stage..maybe a bit more sheen or air, but without sacrificing the body. The dragonfly was just wierd on them, and the FATHEAD too dark, but could probably be beautiful if blended with a brighter mic I think.
I use Vintech 273
preamps through a FATSO
for a bit of compression or warmth if necessary, then through my Rosetta into Pro Tools. Over the years I've trimmed down my preamp collection, so pretty much everything runs through this.
when I say workhorse - I mean mostly male and female vocals, drums, acoustic guitars, and electric guitars. I don't record that much other stuff that often.
a few mics that that have been suggested so far as a compliment and upgrade to the 4050:
Miktek C7 Miktek Cv4
I have used that 414 quite a bit, but have only a fleeting familiarity with the others. I at least have a general idea what I'd be getting.
There are a few other mics that have come up in discussion recently that I really have ZERO experience with, and not even any close associates that have direct experience either.
While the peluso is clearly a 251 clone and the um17 some variation of a 47 clone, the copperhead looks to be its own thing. very interesting.
Auditioning mics seems to be a joke in my area. I've not found music stores that even stock most of this and a couple of the local studios i've talked to are either not very well equipped either, or just frankly not pleasant to work with.
I will probably move on something by the end of next week. I usually work with Sweetwater as I have a good friend there, they treat me great, and give me good pricing, but they don't carry any of the last 3 mics, and as for the first few mics I don't think there is a way for me to audition them short of buying them all and then returning the ones i don't want... i'm sure they'll take good care of me though if i don't make the best choice the first time around.
Any feedback on these particular mics or last minute suggestions ??