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Old 28th May 2003
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Vox: mic or pre

Just posted this at RAP and RecPit (Fletcher's forum), but for those who don't venture there:

As I listen to my band's new record, I realize, apart from upgrading to 2" tape (or the HD24 with Jim Williams' mod?), I need to do something to improve the vox. I typically used a Rode NTV through the Speck 5.0, but sometimes used my Royer 122 or KSM32 (I've got a U87 but don't like it on my vox), and sometimes through GR MP-2 or Haryd M-1.

Basically, I want a bigger, airier, more intimate sound, which I thought the Rode gave me (compared to the SM58 I had at the time) when I first bought it a couple or three years ago. It occurred to me I could put the U87 in omni and get up real close, but I don't have sufficient faith in the 87 as a vocal mic.
SO, the question is:

1) Should I buy a new mic (I'm thinking of the Lawson MP)?
2) Should I buy a new pre (I'm thinking of a Martech of DW Fearn single channel)?
3) Is there a third option I should consider?

I'm thinking I can raise about 2k and, for that matter, I think you can rent the Martech from the company (I've got a big session coming before I'll have the scratch to own). Thanks! -E
Old 28th May 2003
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The third option, especially for getting that "intimate" sound could be a really good compressor. What are you using now for compression?
Old 28th May 2003
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compression

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The third option, especially for getting that "intimate" sound could be a really good compressor. What are you using now for compression?
I just use RNCs in the mix. I've wanted to get something with character, but haven't been able to make that a priority. Maybe I should start now ... Any tips? Thanks! -E
Old 28th May 2003
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What's your budget?
Old 28th May 2003
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I am in a similar boat regarding compressors. So not having a lot of input in that direction I would have to say that the microphone has the biggest impact and mic pre comes in second (not counting the artist performance). You might want to take a look at ribbon mics. They can be nice for an intimate sound however it might not get you the air you are after. It might be worth a try.

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Old 29th May 2003
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I would suggest sticking with the u87 in omni mode and either upgrading to a sweeter mic pre or compressor. the rnc is good and I use one myself, but I'd be hesitant to use it on a lead vocal.
Old 29th May 2003
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[B]You might want to take a look at ribbon mics. They can be nice for an intimate sound however it might not get you the air you are after. It might be worth a try.
Yeah, I've got a couple Royers and a Beyer 160; I definitely want a condensor, but thanks! -E
Old 29th May 2003
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I would suggest sticking with the u87 in omni mode and either upgrading to a sweeter mic pre or compressor. the rnc is good and I use one myself, but I'd be hesitant to use it on a lead vocal.
Yeah, but the RNC is all I've got now (I just use it at mixdown). Re 87: Damn! There was a Martech going for under a grand on Ebay yesterday, but the bulk of the feedback I've been getting is "new mic," so I chickened out (I couldn't get the pre AND a mic), but you're response would've been the excuse I needed to bid on the thing -E
Old 29th May 2003
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In one word... Microphone.

Rent the best microphone that works with your voice. This will take trial and error, but most rental companies will let you try at least three,choose one and just charge you for one(well at least here in NYC they do).

The Martech mic pre is a great vocal pre.

Something with an EQ would also be nice so you can fix any little anomalies that day.

Compressor wise, Tubetech CL1B,EAR660,LA2A the usual suspects.
Old 29th May 2003
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In one word... Microphone.

Rent the best microphone that works with your voice. This will take trial and error, but most rental companies will let you try at least three,choose one and just charge you for one(well at least here in NYC they do).
WHere would you suggest I rent from? I'm in Washington, DC. Thanks! -E
Old 30th May 2003
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WHere would you suggest I rent from? I'm in Washington, DC. Thanks! -E
Hi E,

Here in NYC, the two places would be Dreamhire and the Toy Specialists.

I am not sure what's able in the D.C. area.


Sorry.
Old 30th May 2003
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Hi E,

Here in NYC, the two places would be Dreamhire and the Toy Specialists.

I am not sure what's able in the D.C. area.


Sorry.
Both of those companies can ship anywhere in the world. I think it's only a day or two via UPS ground from DC to NYC....probably about $30-$40 a mic per round trip for shipping (with insurance).
Old 30th May 2003
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Yo E...

Sorry so off topic but what is this "Jim Williams Mod" you speak of and what does it do?


Curious,

heylow
Old 30th May 2003
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Yo E...

Sorry so off topic but what is this "Jim Williams Mod" you speak of and what does it do?


Curious,

heylow
JW has done a mod for the Alesis HD24 converters that interests me; he says it outspecs (and, more importantly, outperforms) the RADAR if you use Alesis' 24/96 converters. -E
Old 30th May 2003
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Pretty interesting in deed.....

Is there anywhere to read more about the mod? Inquiring minds and all......


Thanks!

heylow
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