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AKG 451 on vocals? Condenser Microphones
Old 13th September 2007
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AKG 451 on vocals?

What do you guys think of the 451 as a vocal mic? Does it have enough vibe? Enough intimacy? This is a big room with a high ceiling and wood floors. I kinda like the sound.


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Old 13th September 2007
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If you want to try this you might want to check out the CK5 capsule! That's what it was designed for. Basically a CK1 with wire mesh pop protection.

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Old 13th September 2007
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"Holiday" and several other Madonna tracks from that era were done with a 451.....up above the head, 45 degree angle. With the screen.
Old 13th September 2007
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I find it a bit searing on vox sometimes, but it really works well with some singers. My 451 seems a bit darker than other SD condensers, like 184s and Oktavas, whic is maybe why I like it on voices and hi hats moreso than other SD condensers.
Old 13th September 2007
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If you're going to sing in a room like that with a lot of slap echo, you may get better results using a mic less bright. The high end bump will only emphasis the echo on your vocals. Though it does sound good on guitar. Sometimes I tend to use rooms with more breathing space for acoustic to enhance the bigness, a dry room can really make an acoustic sound... boring. You may want to try to get a Red R7 for the little guy for vocal use. Would help immensely in those large untreated rooms.
Old 13th September 2007
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I'm using the Akg 451 EB with the CK1 capsule with a singer these days. He has a Cat Stevens kind of voice and it works very well for him. We tried the Gefell M990 also, and suited it great too, but I found the 451 working better with his voice and the acoustic guitar in the mix together.
Old 9th February 2019
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After a rather long search, I found the 451 E was my fave for acoustic guitar. Beat out a nice KM84 among others. Then I tried singing into a 451. I give every mic a shot at this. It is the most effortlessly great vocal tone for my voice! Dang! I wonder if I'll ever go back to the U87 . . .
Old 9th February 2019
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I was using 451b as overdub mic for vocals recorded with Sm7b - filled highs really nice giving the vocals presence while remaining mid-forward with Sm7b. Don't know about older 451 mics but I wouldn't use newer one as a main vocal mic because mic is very bright with not much presence in low mids.
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