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Right mic choice for this song?
Old 16th June 2009
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Right mic choice for this song?

Hi! This is a ballad made by a musician friend of mine. I recorded a raw test of my vocal on it yesterday using my shure sm7b. Just wanna know if you think it is the right mic for this song before I start recording and perfecting it... anyone?

Here it is: https://www.yousendit.com/download/c...WkJEbUxIRGc9PQ
Old 16th June 2009
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Your vocal is the lead voice, if I'm right Marcus. I have no objection to your current sound, but the genre may call for a more sparkley and airy texture. EQ alone may offer that with your sm7, but do you have a condenser at your disposal?

John-
Old 16th June 2009
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Thanks! Yes, I'm singing the lead vocal. I agree, the sm7 may be a little to dark for this genre.. Yes, I have 2 condensers - shure beta 87c and a vintage astatic mic from the 60-70's (it has a very bright and clear sound).. But they are both live mic's.. What mic would you have used for a song like this if you had to choose between the beta 87 and the sm7? I'll record a test later with the vintage mic and upload it here
Old 16th June 2009
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Your vocal is the lead voice, if I'm right Marcus. I have no objection to your current sound, but the genre may call for a more sparkley and airy texture. EQ alone may offer that with your sm7, but do you have a condenser at your disposal?

John-
Here is a raw test of me using the vintage Astatic Mod 857h microphone on my vocal.. Let me know what you think!

https://www.yousendit.com/transfer.p...dVU0b0NGa1E9PQ
Old 16th June 2009
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Certainly the Astatic is brighter mic. It's probably fine, but there is a smoothness of midrange your sm7 track offers, so I wonder about using the sm7 with a 6k shelf boost, and pulling a shade of 200-300 out instead.

Your performance is nice, and this supercedes all other considerations, naturally.

John-
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