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Favorite non-tube vocal mic
Old 7th February 2007
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Favorite non-tube vocal mic

When the discussion turns to vocal mics, most of the ones mentioned are tube varieties - U47, U67, C12, Brauner VM-1, and Horch, just to name a few.

What are your favorite high end, non-tube vocal mics?

The U87 is the first one to come to mind. I've also seen AKG C 414 B-ULS used on vocals a bit, although I don't like them personally. Some ribbons I've liked include the AEA R84 and some vintage RCA models.

So what's your favorites? Any sleepers?

Jasper
Old 7th February 2007
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Sony C-38 and C-48 come to mind. Very different from one another, but both sound great in their own way and both can be the right mic in spades for the right singer.
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Soundelux U195, Microtech Geffel M930
Old 7th February 2007
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IME,

BLUE C-12 lollipop/451 or similar: 9 outa 10 times it's the winner on female voice, and often on male if not a tenor or too bright and airy timbre.

441 can often be a great vocal mic

Never toss out a 58 (or SM7b) from the equation: sometimes it can be the best thing...

Lots more out there, these are only a few.
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4050=Sleeper

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Old 7th February 2007
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The Blue Kiwi and Soundelux iFet7 are my favorites..
Old 7th February 2007
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On a particular vocalist I'm working with at the moment, the R122. A FET47 can also be a jem in some situations! Every great once in a while even a U87 can be pretty good when a U67 is not available.
Old 7th February 2007
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ADK IIau series Hamburg and Vienna. Heil PR40. 414EB (circa 1980)
Old 7th February 2007
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Soundelux U195, great mic with a tiny bit if zing on top, very close in sound
to a U87. Great job David Bock....

I also liked the U97 but it was short lived...nice mic though..

Old 7th February 2007
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Condenser
Neumann U87
Blue Kiwi

Dynamic
Shure SM7
Sennheiser 441U

Ribbon
AEA R84
Crowley & Tripp Studio Vocalist
Old 7th February 2007
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Beyer M500
Sure sm7
, AKG 414
, EV RE20
, Beta 58
, U87

peach
Old 7th February 2007
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In addition to others mentioned, I'd add Blue's Dragonfly Deluxe and AEA's R44c.
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I really love the 4050 on some vocalists.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by uncle duncan View Post
ADK IIau series Hamburg and Vienna. Heil PR40. 414EB (circa 1980)
And another vote here for this pair.

Also for the 195, great mic and better still, great all-rounder.

B
Old 7th February 2007
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I have a pair of Geffel UMT70s, and they work well as vocal mics. They can handle what breaks many tube mics. Big and fat sounding.

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Old 7th February 2007
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Microtech Gefell UM70, modded Oktava MK319, Sennheiser 441, Beyer M160.
Old 7th February 2007
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i just got a rca ku3a (ribbon) that was reribboned by wes dooley, so right now it's my favorite. it'll probably change in a month, but for right now, it rocks.
Old 7th February 2007
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Sony C-38 and C-48 come to mind. Very different from one another, but both sound great in their own way and both can be the right mic in spades for the right singer.
I did all the vocals to this song with a C-48.

http://www.mikejasper.com/tenyears.mp3

Not familiar with the C-38, I'll have to check that out.

Jasper
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ADK IIau series Hamburg and Vienna. Heil PR40. 414EB (circa 1980)
How do you date a 414 EB?

Jasper
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Quote:
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How do you date a 414 EB?

Jasper

pre-1980 or 81, the body was all silver and they had the brass capsule.
after 1980 or 81 they used the familiar black body but with the capsule
having the white teflon (?) surrounding ring.
Model numbers in chronological order are: EB, EB-P48, BULS, TL , TLII, and then
the current models. I'm sure someone will fill in the details.
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Thanks on the 414 EB info. I've been looking to get one of these. A buddy of mine told me to pass on the current models and the old B-ULS and find an EB model.

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Quote:
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Thanks on the 414 EB info. I've been looking to get one of these. A buddy of mine told me to pass on the current models and the old B-ULS and find an EB model.

Jasper


Yes, but check to see if any mic you are considering has the brass capsule in it.
There have been cases where owners sent 414s with brass capsules to AKG
for repair and they replaced them with Teflon capsules even though a capsule
replacement was not needed.
Old 7th February 2007
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Got nice results with a Brauner Phantom V and a tube pre IMHO
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Not familiar with the C-38, I'll have to check that out.

Jasper
I dig them on guitar cabinets and they are a great utility mic.
Old 8th February 2007
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Schoeps CMC6/MK21. Perhaps a bit unorthodox to use an SDC, but it can really work.
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How do you date a 414 EB? Jasper
Got mine from the original owner, who bought it in LA in the early 80's. The EB has less high end than the newer ones, and a little dip around 1k. Nice mic for midrangey singers and guitars.
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...Soundelux iFet7 are my favorites..
+1 here.
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DPA 4041!!!!!
Old 8th February 2007
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Originally Posted by pegleg View Post
(”brass CK12”): C12 (1953-1963), C24, C12A (1962-1971), C12B (1971-1973), C412 (1970-1971), C414 (1971-1976), C414EB (1976-1977), Telefunken ELA M250,251,252 (1959-1969)

(”teflon CK12”): C414 E1 (1979-1983) C414EB (1978-1986), C414EB P48 (1980-1987), “The Tube” (1983-1992), C414B-ULS (1986-2004) C414B TL (1986-1993), C414B XLS (2004-present),
C414 LTD (2007-)

(”improved teflon CK12”): C414B TLII (1993-2004), C414B ULS-SE (2004), C414B XLII (2004-present), C12VR (1994-present)

More or less ... heh
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