Sennheiser MD 211 U by music_herby
Got mine 1 week ago and had the chance to test it with a singer I am working with. He usually sings through a U67.
I knew that the mic must have a "sound" because Tom Jones used it for quite some years.
I was pretty amazed about how good this little mic sounds and so was the singer.
Eventhough it's an Omni, it has that intimacy that you are looking for. It is a bright mic as people say, but it's a very very pleasant bright.
The initial dry recording sounds already sort of finished. I usually have to add a little top and cut the bottom end when I record vocals. Not so here. It's already done ;-) ....
On top of everything, the mic looks really vintage cool and is very solid build.
To give you an impression, I added a few soundfiles of the MD211, the U67 and an SM7B which I used on the same singer.
I tried to get the levels as equal as I could.
All 3 recordings went through a Neve 1073 DPA into an LA2A (just riding the top a tiny bit) into an RME ADI 8 Pro with 44.1 + 16bit into Cubase, No EQ !!
The wet recordings have just a bit of UAD EMT250 reverb and a tiny bit of Delay.
You get an MD211 for around 100-150 on ebay. The U67 costs 50 times as much !!! .....
Please check out as well my shootout on Accoustic guitar microphones incl. Neumann, Schoeps, AKG, Beyer, Sennheiser.
Microphones for acoustic guitar shootout