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If you had to pick one... Condenser Microphones
Old 4 weeks ago
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If you had to pick one...

Mic for male pop vocals;

1. Sony C800G
2. Tele ELAM251
3. Neumann U47
4. Neumann U67

Also, if you have time, the reasons behind your choice.

Thank you in advance sluts xo
Old 4 weeks ago
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3. U47

Ive never used a sony so cant pick that. The 251 is amazing on some voices and doesnt fit others. The 67 would also be fine tho you said pick 1.
Old 4 weeks ago
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I have a CMV 563 with an M7, so the 251 would be a nice contrast.
Old 4 weeks ago
I think the 251 would be the most versatile on a wide variety of male voices in that genre, but the 800 may work better than the 251 on some occasions. Depends on the singer and the song.
Old 4 weeks ago
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The U47 is the classic choice for male vocals, based on the musical way it adds meat to a guy’s voice. (Think classic Sinatra.) The Sony has been a popular choice for women since Mariah Carey and (I believe) Whitney Houston used it. A 251 has a famously airy top end, useful on a voice that needs reinforcement in that area. A U67 has its own unique character. So base your choice on the strengths and deficiencies of the source voice.
Old 4 weeks ago
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The U47.
The Sony has never interested me, I’m not sure why.
I have a Mojave M-1000, which takes me far enough in the 251 direction. I wouldn’t want to pay for the distance between the two mics.
The 67 is, what, a pre 87 tube Neumann? I’m curious about it, but only a little more curious than I am about any name mic I haven’t used.

Decades ago, I had a lot of experience with the 47 fet for five years. I thought it was a very distinctive and useful mic. Kind of a war hammer compared to a sword (87). I’d love to have a tube 47.
Old 4 weeks ago
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I’d go for the C800G!
Always wanted one and they are kind of standard for pop now days! Almost every mainstream pop song I look up now claims to be recorded with a C800G
Old 3 weeks ago
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for male pop vocals you could consider an AKG-414eb.

lots of bright and definition. my go to in that genre.

sorry if thats off topic.

Old 3 weeks ago
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If the OP is using the responses, to help create a LDC microphone shortlist to buy from...

Also consider the new version, of the Bock Soundelux U195.
New $1250, used around $800.

If you leave it set on "flat", has a very "Modern Pop" type sound to it.
Sounds like a U87ai, that's been modded to flatten the high mid "bite",
and more "air" at the top. (this was David Bock's intention BTW)

If the U195 set on "FAT", IMHO it's like running it thru a quality retro/vintage mic pre.

But as Buddha kindly pointed out to me, and it confirmed my instincts... It seems a ribbon (gasp!) ought to be tops on my voice-The mighty 44!
(I did "fall in love" with that sound, at first sing/listen)

But picking out of the original list, IMHO the 47 is my preference.

Interestingly, (on me) the Tube and FET version seem to be comparable.

Honestly though, I've never sung/tested an original Neumann 47 Tube.

"Only" T-Funk/Bock/Heiserman/Warm versions of the 47. And the Neumann 47 FET reissue.
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