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What's the deal with Wooly?
Old 26th September 2006
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What's the deal with Wooly?

For a decade now I've been playing with tone and vibe and colour and transparency and warmth and thick and thin and harsh and soft and full and strident and neutral and hot and cold ... and as little as I understand about using words to describe sounds, this one takes the cake:

What the crap is wooly?

I've heard a number of times that a U47 on a "wooly" voice just doesn't sound great. I can't, for the life of me, figure out what the frig this means. Anybody care to enlighten me? Examples of "wooly" singers gone by?
Old 26th September 2006
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I think I used it elsewhere recently.

I forget that it doesn't come across tongue in cheek as it should on a forum.

It's an audiophile-ism.

It means "slow and dark".

The best example I ever heard was the sound of the new Quad ESL's.

Just like a wet sweater thrown over a speaker.

Funny, I started saying it to poke fun at someone I know who says it, but now I'm saying it.
Old 26th September 2006
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You mean, like, sheep's wool?
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Old 26th September 2006
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top side of muddy?
under boxy?

muddy wooly boxy....

reminds me of my....


Old 26th September 2006
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muddy wooly boxy....

reminds me of my....

It reminds me of the what you smelt like today after the SUI demolition derby!


Old 27th September 2006
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In New Zealand I think it means "sexy" heh
Old 27th September 2006
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Okay, while I enjoyed the responses here, I'm going to focus myself a bit and actually ask a meaningful question.

Let's say you're a male (tenor) vocalist with a falsetto that gets used quite often, but also with a fairly low, rumbly, rhaspy voice on occasion. And let's say you might be a *tad* wooly. Only a tad. We're not talking Eddie Vetter here (thanks CG) ... we're talking only *mildly* wooly. Let's say you still want that sexy killer vibe of a U47, but you want to give things a bit more energy than the U47 copy (bottle B7) seems to be providing.

What mic would you pick? UM900? ELUX 251? E47C? Charter Oak? SM57? Webcam?

At this point I think I'll probably pick up an E47C and a Charter Oak 538b ... seems like a good mix... the Charter Oak for brightness, the E47 for vintage dark vibe.
Old 28th September 2006
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I just noticed JJ Blair uses the term "wooly" here to refer to the Blue Cactus.

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