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Best Mic for Old-Time Country Voice + Guitar
Old 6th April 2006
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Best Mic for Old-Time Country Voice + Guitar

For tracking voice and guitar at once in an old-time country style, what do you think:

Royer SF-24?
Royer SF-12 (any reason to prefer it to the SF-24?)
AEA R-88?
AEA R-92?
AEA R-84? (I have it and love it, but was interested in trying something else).
A Wes Dooley clone of the RCA 44?

What do you think?
Old 6th April 2006
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C'mon, no one has anything to say. What about you Nashville dudes.
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Johnny Cash, George Jones, and Merle Haggard, and Hank Williams all have been recorded through u47s . On he stopped loving her today, a u87 was used. Earl Scruggs has been recorded through a u67.

Old time country is near and dear to my heart.
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Hank Williams Sr. was recorded using a U47?!?!?! Did condenser mics even exist pre 1950. Sorry if the questions seems naive
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Jr, Sorry!

Hank Sr on a few albums was recorded through ribbons(RCA I think). Ill see if I can dig up the book that I have that talks about it.
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Yeah, all the pictures I've seen of Hank Sr. are in front of ribbons--RCA 77's + 44's. And that's the way the recordings certainly sound.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by PHILANDDON
Did condenser mics even exist pre 1950. Sorry if the questions seems naive
Yes.
Old 7th April 2006 | Show parent
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I've auditioned many mics on George Jones, and the older U87s with the cream colored PC boards ( and in good shape) are a really great match. Some of his older work is an M49.

AFAIK, the U47 arrived in '47.
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RCA 77's
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77 here as well. Also, vintage recording equipment, intruments and amps, to make it sound authenic.
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i like a 47, rca77dx, or a coles 4038 for country guitar and vocals
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An old timey microphone
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What about those Royer high output ribbons SF-24 and I forgot the mono model number. Anyone have any experience with those and Country voice/guitar tracking?

Thanks....the responses so far have been very helpful!!
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the crowley and trip procenium is the best 77 and 44 i have heard so far way better than the royers
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Nu-tra
An old timey microphone
You left out country.

An old-timey Country microphone.
Old 20th January 2011 | Show parent
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Title would have been RE20 is great at single mic recording

YouTube - Rodney Crowell performs live on the Trail 103.3 Missoula 12/10/10 part 1

I was about to start a new thread -- on the merits of using a plain old RE20 to record voice and guitar.

There's a couple of places where the guitar booms but overall it sounds very good, just the right amount of brightness on guitar, very natural.
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I just did a session like this last night for an older guy.I used a sm7 and a Sm-81 on his Guild and it sounds pretty good.This was the first time I tracked a guy singing and playing guitar at the same time.I tried a TLM 49,Rode K2,Cad ribbon,Baby bottle but the Sm7 with a Avalon 737 sounded the best for this guy.
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I know this isnt exactly high end...but the SM7b sounds great on country vocals IMO. To each his own though!
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Depends on the voice but you cannot go wrong with a u47 of 87,67
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RCA 44
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I have a mic that I use sometimes for rock vocals, and I'll be darned if doesn't frustrate me because it sounds too country. Don't get me wrong, I like country, but not mixed in with a hard rock production. So anyway check out the clones from Lawson mics in your area. You will find that they have a stamped country familiarity about them. tlh
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jacktadoussac View Post
YouTube - Rodney Crowell performs live on the Trail 103.3 Missoula 12/10/10 part 1

I was about to start a new thread -- on the merits of using a plain old RE20 to record voice and guitar.

There's a couple of places where the guitar booms but overall it sounds very good, just the right amount of brightness on guitar, very natural.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but that's the camera mic we're hearing there. Complete with handling noises and shifting stereo balance.
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Bing Carbon Microphones

super old timey
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Quote:
For tracking voice and guitar at once in an old-time country style, what do you think:


What kind of mic do you want to use? "You got a big one?" (Bob Johnston)





Bryant - Hames Music
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