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Mic Suggestion? Condenser Microphones
Old 6th December 2006
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Mic Suggestion?

Hi All

I am currently looking for a mic on the darker side in the sub $1000 range that can deal with the edge in my voice. I do demo recordings and find that my voice has a frequency in it that is VERY hard to eq out.

So far I have used...
AKG C4000
AT4060
RODE Classic II
Rode NT-1
Neumann TLM103
EV RE-20

The TLM103 is the smoothest, but still 'edges' when I get haulin'. The Rode NT-1 seems to bring out the edge more. I find that tube mics tend to accentuate the problem too.

Any suggestions?

Perhaps mics that work on female vox?
Old 6th December 2006
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Maybe try a ribbon mic. I've used the Coles 4040s for that very reason, though they go for closer to $1500. Try one of the AEA ribbons.
Old 6th December 2006
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The AEA R84 would absolutely be my first reach for this situation. Smooth response top to bottom and a sweet forgiving top. BIG sound if you work it close also.

War
Old 6th December 2006
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The AEA R84 would absolutely be my first reach for this situation. Smooth response top to bottom and a sweet forgiving top. BIG sound if you work it close also.

War
Any chance you have tried out any of the lower cost ribbon mics a la Electro-Harmonix, Samson, Apex, Marshall? I have an open mind towards them, especially after a top drawer engineer suggested some Marshall mics for other uses. He works at a studio with a million dollar mic locker and uses them Marshall's by choice!
Old 6th December 2006
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Hi All
I am currently looking for a mic on the darker side in the sub $1000 range that can deal with the edge in my voice. I do demo recordings and find that my voice has a frequency in it that is VERY hard to eq out.
Perhaps mics that work on female vox?
I have seen the $350ish Shure SM7 suggested for similar situations in different forums. Of course it is a well known voice-over mic.
http://www.shure.com/ProAudio/Produc...o_SM7B_content

Some even suggest the new $325 Heil Pro40 dynamic!
http://www.heilsound.com/pro/products/pr40/index.htm
http://www.proaudioreview.com/june05/heil_sound.shtml
http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/mics/3886.html

The $299ish sE Electronics SE2200A is an even lower-cost option (please note my affiliation below!!!)
I have a full on baritone voice and the SE2200A just wasnt right for me personally (Z3300A was) but it worked well for a loud tenor/alto male I worked with as well as a soprano I recorded. It was able to "tame" them both.
http://www.seelectronics.com/sE2200a.html
(check out the frequency plot!)
Hope this helps!
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