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Top Vocal Mics..In Your Opinions
View Poll Results: Your Number 1 Choice of these Options....
Tele TLM49
4 Votes - 5.71%
U87ai
23 Votes - 32.86%
Rode Classic II
3 Votes - 4.29%
Rode K2
9 Votes - 12.86%
Soundelux E251c
31 Votes - 44.29%
Voters: 70. You may not vote on this poll

Old 7th October 2006
  #1
Top Vocal Mics..In Your Opinions

Ok...I would like to know how everyone would choose if they had to rank the mics below in order of best to wost for vocals.**I realize that male and female vocals require different mics most of the time.**However, imagine for budget reasons (Like mine..haha) you had to choose ONE that would work for both for the time being.**For those of you who are going to fell compelled to list a mic not on the list, that is fine, BUT please ALSO rank the mics on the list as well.**Other mic suggestions I would like to be below the $3,000 mark.**Lets see what people say.....

Rank in Order:

Tele TLM49
U87ai
Rode Classic II
Rode K2
Soundelux E251C
Old 7th October 2006
  #2
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the only mics here i have experience with are the RØDE K2 and the Neumann U87. i don't *love* either one for vocals, although the U87 has been used for this purpose extensively of course. i DO have experience with the Soundelux ELUX251 and if the E251C sounds close to the ELUX251 i would say that's your best bet. i have found the ELUX251 sounds good on most vocalists and is just a kick-ass mic. so maybe the E251C, if i get a chance to hear it, will be nearly as impressive...?

so i can't rank the mics, but i would say add to your list:

B.L.U.E. Kiwi (doesn't get mentioned much but is very good IMO)
Lawson L47MP (a top-notch contender at $2k)
Pearlman TM-1 (haven't used this one but James Lugo and others seem to like it).


and don't forget, for $1100 USD......
SOUNDELUX U195 FET

Of the mics on your list i am going to say, "SOUNDELUX", even though i have not used the E251C yet.


J.D.
Old 7th October 2006
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Old 7th October 2006
  #4
AKG 414 ULS-silver version
Shure SM58 beta
KM 84


whatever works.. it's more related witch preamp I use than the microphone itself..

depends on the voice also..

from the above the U87 all the way

cheers
Old 7th October 2006
  #5
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Never heard of a Tele TLM49. Do you mean the Neumann TLM49?
Old 7th October 2006
  #6
HAHA!!.....OOPS! You are right, I meant the Neumann. Wow, I didn't even notice the mistake. THat mic doesn't exist. Ok, so eveyone, that was meant to be the new Neumann TLM49. Thanx.
Old 7th October 2006
  #7
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I LIKE my 87...

You'll probably get a lot of people around here who will put 'em down, but I like mine a lot. It's 90's model, so it's probably about 10 years old.

In a way the discussions about 87's are somewhat like the NS10 debates. Some people have moved on to the "newer" and "improved/better" stuff and some people still swear by the older technology.

I've still got my 87 and my NS10's, so I guess I'm a dinasaur but they work very well for me.......... YMMV..............
Old 7th October 2006
  #8
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I have a U87 but its not an AI. It's a 70's 87 and it sounds amazing. Nice bottom and beutiful mids. I use that 9 out of 10 times on my vocal sessions. My signal chain varies but its usually a Focusrite Red 6 through a Summit DCL-200 for compression. I have tried the Elux 251 and that also is an amazing sounding mic, a bit overpriced if you ask me.
Old 7th October 2006
  #9
4033
am62 / gt67
c12
u47
AKG 414 ULS-silver version (2 stolen from my studio )
Old 7th October 2006
  #10
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251--->1073--->1176

Done.
Old 7th October 2006
  #11
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audio technia should be represented in the poll........4050,4033,4060, etc......

too many good mics to be ignored
Old 7th October 2006
  #12
AB3
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Two critical factors (at a MINIMUM) - source and what you want.

So I do not see the use of these threads. Tons of great mics.
Old 7th October 2006
  #13
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ADK CE, HORCH
Old 7th October 2006
  #14
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Peluso 22 251.
Beyer MC930

Both of these mics kick serious ass and the Beyer being only a SDC, sounds better than many LDCs I have used over the years.

From your list, I would say the U87, since I know it will hit home runs when matched to the proper source.
Old 8th October 2006
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Old 8th October 2006
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Quote:
Originally Posted by J-Deb View Post
audio technia should be represented in the poll........4050,4033,4060, etc......

too many good mics to be ignored
I agree, I think the AT 4050 is one of the best vocal mics ever made, I'm not kidding.

bcgood
Old 8th October 2006
  #17
Quote:
AKG 414 ULS-silver version (2 stolen from my studio
it wasnt me
Old 8th October 2006
  #18
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AT 4050
Old 8th October 2006
  #19
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The rode K2 for the money is the best valve mic. For under £350 how can you beat it!!

However the E251C, which I have, is gorgeous. Mojo becomes a word I now understand.

Paul Blenn
Old 8th October 2006
  #20
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Well, I would have to go with the U87 since it should sound at least "good", but not "great" on most sources. Although, I would probably look at the Peluso 47 LE & 251 combo if I had $3000 to spend. They're like salt & pepper and contrast each other quite well.
Old 9th October 2006
  #21
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Stephen Paul u87

Royer sf-12

RCA 77DX

Gefell um900

of the ones above...the classic II, by far.
Old 9th October 2006
  #22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by George Necola View Post
more related witch preamp I use than the microphone itself..
Usually with the 'Wolfman' 47 FET

Classic II is a nice mic.
Old 9th October 2006
  #23
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U47
U67

Sometimes a sm7 or even sm57 for the vibe!!

Love the high end on a C12 as well....

I think the Soundelux would be my pick out of your choices!!
Old 9th October 2006
  #24
AB3
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What vocals have you been doing with the E251C? male, female, range, etc? Comments. Also, has the bass roll-off or lack of patterns been a factor at all for you?

THANKS.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Blenn View Post
The rode K2 for the money is the best valve mic. For under £350 how can you beat it!!

However the E251C, which I have, is gorgeous. Mojo becomes a word I now understand.

Paul Blenn
Old 9th October 2006
  #25
Quote:
Originally Posted by George Necola View Post
it wasnt me
it's ok - it was a long time ago - i forgive u heh

no, seriously - i found the guys who did it, tied them up
and threw them in the hudson river
Old 9th October 2006
  #26
Quote:
no, seriously - i found the guys who did it, tied them up
and threw them in the hudson river
hm, I think I wouldnt kill for my 414 silver.. but for a 47:D??

heh
Old 9th October 2006
  #27
Just to let everyone know.....after a week of this survery, I am going to take the two highest rated mics and place them in a new survey with some other new choices....there is starting to be a trend here. It's close between the 87 and the 251....lets see what a couple of days will do...
Old 9th October 2006
  #28
... and then? you will buy the highest rated mic?

error in module thinking man...

what kind of pre are u using?

cheers
Old 9th October 2006
  #29
You are right, that is not a good way to make a purchase. No, I am not going to neccesarily buy the top rated mic. I wouldn't be so foolish as to do that. Most of the time mic choice is as personal as underwear choice. A good engineer can make a vast majority of good mics sound great. The evidence for that is all the great sounging records of the past that have been made with $100 dollar mics all the way up to $15,000 dollar mics. Sometimes I think too much emphasis is placed on gear, while important, I do think sill level and talent come into play alot. I am conducting this survey an experiment, and also to give me a good 3 or 4 mics that I will then go and LISTEN too and spend some time with before I choose the one I PERSONALLY find the best. I am just looking out to see what other people are having sucess with. Right now the 610 pre is what I will be using....I will take a vote on pres here in a while too.
Old 10th October 2006
  #30
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