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Old 6th December 2002
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I'm not EveAnna but from what you wrote, I'd think the Manley Gold Reference would be a better candidate. It's more C12'ish than the Manley cardio that I find somewhat more related to the U47/M49 type of sound. Actually the Gold Ref is definitely in my top 5 mics for vocals so far. (Especially for the type of female voice you're describing!) I've used it paired with an Avalon M5, an 1073 or an ISA 215 with great sucess

I sugest you try to get hold of a couple of mic for a shoot out. Getting a couple of candidates on rental for one day + some mics on demo that you would potentially buy (dare I sugest including something like an Elux 251) should not be that expensive. And you will have the confidence of knowing what you choose for her was the best available choice instead of second guessing your choice during the whole project.

I like the woman-singer-songwriter type of artist in general. Sounds like a potentially cool gig, have fun!