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Old 20th July 2012
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Often this is observed when 48 volt phantom runs out of steam. The sound collapses under the intense volume assault. High voltage mics go a long way to alleviate the problem.

Also, may I mention that it sometimes has to do with singer technique.

The best singers in the world offer up a very even sound with high notes (often the really loud ones) not sticking out outlandishly and not jumping out at the listener. When you watch them sing, they seem to expend very little effort in making the wonderful vocal sounds. Let's face it--the best singers also have recorded a lot and some sing differently ( in a "recording voice") to microphones close to them.

Less experienced singers labor to produce their product and there can be an exaggerated dynamic range to their offerings. If they look like they're working hard to make the product, then I have found that they are sometimes very difficult to record.