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M-Audio Luna II mic #help Audio Interfaces
Old 1st September 2011
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M-Audio Luna II mic #help

bought it off ebay, nd i dont have the manual......it has 2 switches on it one for decibals, and one for something else. What are the best settings for recording good crisp vocals?
Old 1st September 2011
  #2
Hey there,

The Luna II mic that you got there is a large diaphragm condenser (LDC). Firstly lets look at the switches you mentioned.

The one on the left with the 0dB and -10dB logo is the "pad" switch. This is used if you want to attenuate(reduce) the output level by 10dB. (ie. if the vocalist, or audio source is too loud)

The switch on the right is the roll-off or HPF(High Pass Filter). Used if you need the lower end frequency cut off. (ie. used to reduce any low frequency thumps accidental mic stand hits, or even low freq pops from vocals)

The logo in the middle of the switches states that the polar pattern is fixed to a Cardioid. This means you need to sing or project the audio signal with the M-Audio logo facing towards you.

Having said that, you also need to power it with +48V phantom power from your mixer, preamp or interface. (*make sure all cables are connected before turning the phantom on)

There isn't a hard and fast rule to get good crisp vocals however, you may want to play around with the 2 switches on the mic to find which suits you best for a particular session. This is because the settings for vocals may not necessarily be the same for another vocalist. Keep in mind that gain settings on your preamp or interface also play a big part. Also, mic placement, room acoustics, and many other factors come into play.

Try it out and see what works. You will be amazed at what you can achieve with some experimentation.

Oh and you can find some info on your microphone via this URL link:
M-AUDIO - Luna II - Professional Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

Cheers,
G
Old 1st September 2011
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Thanks so much man, im using an Mbox 2 to power the mic.. im new to protools and im trying to learn.... what would be the best setting for recording rap vocals? and is this mic a fairly goood one? i paid nearly $400
Old 1st September 2011
  #4
Urm...u paid $400 USD??? Just for the mic alone?
Better surf Amazon or any other online pro audio store for a quick check to compare pricing against any 2nd hand gear you are buying.

Yeah the mic is fairly good, especially if your starting up. I don't really use Protools, so I can't answer in depth queries on it....yet. But the concept and routing is quite similar to Cubase, which is my DAW of choice at the moment.

Rule of thumb when recording is to leave everything in the signal chain untouched. (no EQ, Compression...etc)
You can do all the necessary adjustments later. Just maintain a healthy gain level without being too soft and without being too loud(clipping). This would also require that your vocalist be trained for a consistent singing/rapping level.

There are lots of material here on GS for you to learn and improve, especially in the "Tips and Techniques" link above. (Same line as the log out button)


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