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A Better Live Vocal Mic

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by Scott_Fouts, Aug 7, 2003.

  1. Scott_Fouts

    Scott_Fouts Guest

    I'm thinking of moving up to a better vocal mic for some live acoustic recordings for an artist in the near future. I've been tossing around a lot of ideas - but wanted to ask around here to get opinions. I've been using an SM58 for the vocals.

    Here is a clip of a show I recorded for him last year - it was with the 58 on the vocals.


    If any of you can listen to the clip and direct me towards a mic - I'd love the help. Maybe the clip will help in the choice.

    Thanks! Scott

    ps - If I should post this in another forum please advise!
  2. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    What are you after? All of these mics sound completely different and have differing rejection/sensitivity.

    Don't forget about the Audix OM6, Shure Beta86 (I would take this over the more zippy 87), and the new Audio Technica AE mic.

    I would try them all once.
  3. Scott_Fouts

    Scott_Fouts Guest

    Sorry - I revamped the post - don't know what I was thinking when I first posted that. Talk about an un answerable question. Please revisit the (now edited) post again if you have a chance. Thanks!
  4. sheet

    sheet Well-Known Member

    I like the Neumann, but he may sound too wooly with it, and any bleed from the guitar may muck it up further. Just my opinion.

    I would try the Shure Beta86. I think that is has good body, and good detail on top. Again, just my opinion. It's a cardioid too.
  5. tripnek

    tripnek Active Member

    Ev RE-20 or Sennhieser 421
  6. kfrick

    kfrick Guest

    Look at the EV ND767, it's about $150, and worth every penny! Great live tone, excellent feedback rejection, super strong signal, and almost zero handling noise.
  7. helguz

    helguz Guest

    Sheet, There is no Beta 86 do you mean SM 86??
  8. pastudio

    pastudio Guest


    your works is well

    how many sm58 be used?

    [ August 20, 2003, 07:43 AM: Message edited by: pastudio ]
  9. Scott_Fouts

    Scott_Fouts Guest

    just one 58 on that recording - plus a direct line for the guitar.
  10. pastudio

    pastudio Guest

    only one!!!

    The mouth organ too?

    sm58 is well very much

    how many do you spend for your sm58 mic?
  11. pastudio

    pastudio Guest


    what name the song?

    I guess is <<what a pretty girl>>

    it is listening pretty
  12. sign

    sign Guest

    Beyer M88.......period!
  13. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    I usually get great results with many different types of singers using an AKG C535. Also had good results from a Shure Beta-87.
  14. Scott_Fouts

    Scott_Fouts Guest

    Thanks everyone for the inputs!

    - went with the Shure beta 87 a.
    you can check out the two sets recently at

    used two R0de nt5's (matched) for the guitar and two akg 3000's for the ambience/audience.

  15. Hasse

    Hasse Guest

    Great music and performance!
  16. Richard Monroe

    Richard Monroe Active Member

    I second AKG C535. I've seen David Wilcox use it with great effectiveness. A very natural sounding mic, If the singer's good, it will sound good.-Richie
  17. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    The AKG C535 also often works well on ac guitar, high-hat and snare.
  18. white swan

    white swan Guest

    ...maybe only a semi-colon :D

    If you are using it as a handheld, it's got a ton of handling noise. Even stand mounted on a wooden stage, it is susceptible to a lot of low frequency rumble.

    Better make sure your board has a good HPF.
  19. Gregproaudio

    Gregproaudio Active Member

    On a female vocal I'd use a beta87a on a male try a beta 57.

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