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Very very harsh and also crappy mics?
Old 14th February 2008
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Very very harsh and also crappy mics?

First of all, are there any harsh mics out there? harsh in the sense... like when you harsh EQ something. For instance say I want a completely harsh, thinned out, band passed type vocals. Is there someone making mics for these scenarios?

I know there are mics out there for this, but any new ones being made where the makers are intentionally making them sound like that?

Also what are your go to crappy mics? Everyone talks about the neumanns and telefunkens... but a lot of the time its a crappy sound that will fit best in a mix and why not get your sounds before going to your EQs and outboard etc etc.

Surely there must be a mic manufacturer out there who is just making the crappiest sounding mics and different sounding and doing a good job at it.
Old 14th February 2008
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LG and Nokia have several models....



-tINY

Old 14th February 2008
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I have an old EV from some sort of a partable tape recorder. I put an XLR connection on it, and it sounds great! Crappiest thing I ever heard!

Crappy mics aren't hard to come by...

Petter
Old 14th February 2008
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Find an old Astatic, EV, Shure, Turner, etc. crystal microphone.
Old 14th February 2008
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Yeah, the old consumer reel-to-reel mics are fantastic for this sort of thing. I've got a crystal mic off an old Pye National which has absolutely nothing below about 250Hz, and a lovely midrange grind.
Old 14th February 2008
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Take any mic out of your closet.
Then band pass it big time and bit reduce it to death.
There you have it!
Instant lofi trash. heh
Old 14th February 2008
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i think for what they're priced (and it's not much) ADK mics have to be some of the worst... so harsh.
Old 14th February 2008
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two words.... RADIO SHACK.
Old 14th February 2008
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I thought the CAD M179 that I bought sounded terribly harsh. I promptly sold it. I hear people like to use them on toms though. I have one of the real cheap ADK mics that I like though so go figure...
Old 14th February 2008
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mr. microphone through a crybaby. Lo fi of champinons!!

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i recently saw someone mention wiring the mic in a phone headset to an XLR lead...i'm sure that would do the trick for ya
Old 14th February 2008
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According to my wife, any mic I have ever used to sing through.
Old 14th February 2008
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+1 on the Shure Green bullet. run it through a tube amp...delicious
Old 14th February 2008
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Quote:
Originally Posted by tINY View Post


LG and Nokia have several models....



-tINY

Maybe he's being facetious, maybe not. But "phoning it in" works great. You get filtering, grime, and compression... one stop shopping. You also get latency, but what the hey.
Old 14th February 2008
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And what will we be doing with these mics?
Old 14th February 2008
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Then there's also this...

Placid Audio - Home of The Copperphone™
Old 14th February 2008
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According to my wife, any mic I have ever used to sing through.
heh - that's pretty funny.
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