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Old 14th October 2014
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Originally Posted by SharpKillerCable View Post
As we listened back to the vocal tests it wasn't that one was right and one was wrong it just made me think that my one u87ai in my home studio just couldn't offer the same possibilities for an artist to find the "right tone."
Yet with all those mic's, they couldn't find the "right tone", which proves there is no "right tone" there are just different tones - which also means at some point one has to quit fooling around, choose a mic and get down to work.

IMO, the tools you have are the tools you use, too many options means too much futzing around.

By the time the track is finished, the vocal will probably have gone through many permutations of processing, from compression, to reverb, to auto-tuning - whatever "differences" that were too subtle to allow for a clear choice in the example test you provided, would likely be masked in the end.

I can see putting up three good vox mic's, but ten? Then there's the whole issue of preamps, ten mics and how many preamps gives you a ridiculous number of possibilities ...