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double micing a voice

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by melonmachine, Oct 28, 2007.

  1. melonmachine

    melonmachine Guest

    hi, I had this idea for recording vocals that some of you must tried varients of....
    one mic clean, say a condensor (for me Rode Classic) through a clean pre (Quad 8) subtle compression if at all.
    then the other mic thick and heavy, maybe an SM57 through my Altec 1567 mixer cranked up, then Altec 438c compressor also cranked.
    Maybe filter the highs off the 57 and lift them on the condensor.
    Then mix the two for a blend of clear and thick.
    Any thoughts / experiences?
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Fredericksburg, VA
    This is a great technique.

    Ensure that the capsules are equidistant or as darn close as possible to the source and rock on!

    I also like to delay one of the tracks by a few MS (being cautious of phasing issues) and occassionally pitch shifting a little as well.

    Give it a shot - you'll like it!
  3. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    This sounds like a great idea. After the Kelly Clarkson post I'v gotten the feel for this aswell.
  4. melonmachine

    melonmachine Guest

    ah, phasing issues could be fun. How about making them very distances - maybe the condensor a way back? Or will that make it worse? Equidistant wouldn't be so hard. If I can keep still!
    And the pitch shift - how does that work? Intrigued!
  5. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    Phasing issues would be non existing as long as you get the delay timing right i would reckon.

    Botch mics would be mounted to close. like this 8 :p
  6. imagineaudio

    imagineaudio Active Member

    Nov 24, 2004
    I recorded a voice-over yesterday and had a very limited selection of mics available... So I went with two mics: A Studio Projects C4 and an SM57.

    The C4 sounds ok for drum overheads but I haven't like it on much else, and an awful choice for this application, but adding the 57 worked like a charm.

    I put the capsules side by side the C4 had the clarity and the 57 had the warm bottom due to the proximity effect of the mic. The real magic happened when I flipped the phase of the 57. It just added that special something that neither mic was doing on its own.

    ...sure saved my ass......
  7. HansAm

    HansAm Active Member

    Jun 4, 2005
    Thats usually how it works. Buy chance :p

    The "what if" effect..

    "what if i just...."

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