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Help me choose a condenser

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by HaHallur, Sep 15, 2010.

  1. HaHallur

    HaHallur Active Member

    Hi, I need a vocal mic for my next session.
    I'm going to be recording pretty smooth male vocals as well as slightly rough metal vocals (James Hetfield)
    But i'm really looking for the most versatile vocal mic I can get.

    I know some people say everything but a U87 is crap but I'm going with something 200-400$

    Some mics I found in my price range.
    Rode NT1000
    Rode NT1-A
    AKG C 2000 B
    AKG Perception 420
    AKG C 214
    sE Electronics sE2200a
    Shure SM27
    Shure Beta 27
    Audio-Technica AT4033/CL

    Please help me make a wise choice :)
     
  2. dmocarski

    dmocarski Guest

    A great metal, or rough vocal mic is the Shure SM7B. It's a pretty versatile mic.

    But from your list I've used the AT-4033 and was pretty happy with the results, both on vocals, overheads, and acoustic guitars. I owned a Shure KSM 27 and thought it was ok. The other mics are all pretty decent for the price, but I thought the AT-4033 stood out more.
     
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  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Electrovoice PL20. You dont always NEED a condenser.
     
  4. HaHallur

    HaHallur Active Member

    I've been thinking about getting a SM7B but i'm not sure that the Fireface 800 pre suits it or if its loud enough.
     
  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    SM7's arent blessed with a lot of output. So, the trick is to have a preamp that does not induce noise at a higher output setting. However, unless you are doing whispering vocals, I dont think you'll be hindered by what the FF can provide. The other mic choices in this genre are the PL20 and the Heil PR40. Both have the voice-over character of the SM7.....its what it was designed for.... and have better output than the Shure. Its a tossup as to which sounds better. I like em all.
     
  6. HaHallur

    HaHallur Active Member

    The Elctrovoice PL20 is the same as the RE20 right ?

    Anyway, i've found the SM58 isnt enough volume for my voice in recording, so with that as a comparison would EV PL20, Heil PR40 or SM7B be enough?

    ...and I they all sound the same why shouldn't I take the cheapest one ? (Heil PR40)
     
  7. I've done a recording with the rode nt1000 also using the blue robbie preamp,the sound is extremely clear and in your face.If your on the fences on whether you should buy the rode nt1000 dont think twice.Get yourself a good solid mic with a nice preamp,quality speaks for itself.Check out the recording hear.
     
  8. Sean G

    Sean G Well-Known Member

    The original post was from six years ago....The OP has not been back on the site since 2011.
     
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