Best Mic for a soft vocalist?

Discussion in 'GEAR Talk Forum' started by fustrun, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. Nick Batzdorf

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    That's the mic everyone uses for spoken voice, and some people use it for vocals. I haven't used one, but my sense is that it's more of a safe choice and very forgiving mic than an ideal one for a folksy voice. It's a dynamic mic, and if I had my druthers I probably wouldn't use one for this kind of intimate, detailed voice.

    Again, I haven't actually used an SM7b, so maybe my impression (based on hearing it a lot in comparisons and asking a bunch of audio snobs on rec.audio.pro :) ) is off. I did research that mic, though, because I was hoping to land a gig that might have wanted it.

    That's an interesting idea - a simulator. C12s are very expensive, and they either sound great on something or not that good.
     
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  3. Nick Batzdorf

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    ^ I agree with everything in that post.
     
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    SM7b is on the list however i am totally aiming for a ribbon or condenser mics.
     
  5. GtrString

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    start with the u47's, then the u87's. Everything after that will be completely chance
     
  6. Hasici

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    How about the sleeper rode NT-1 (not the NT-1A). Colorless and response is flat like a pancake. You can literally dial any sound as the mic is nearly transparent.
     
  7. storyteller

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    For breathy/tubey, I think the Avantone CV12 is great in that price range. It was used on Taylor Swifts first two albums (and maybe others afterwards). Probably not best suited for the Adele-like voice though.

    EDIT: Just thinking about it, I'd also say the Rode K2 is another exceptional mic/value for this purpose in your price range. I had one years ago and loved every single recording from it.
     
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2019

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