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Is it worth it to buy a new mic???

Discussion in 'Recording' started by steppingonmars, Nov 27, 2008.

  1. steppingonmars

    steppingonmars Active Member

    Hi all

    I've been doing this recording thing in my spare time for about a year now and really enjoy it. Right now for vox I use an At2020 and a Superlux cheap condesor microphone. I seem to get mediocre success with both of them. It seems like the superlux is a bit hollow sounding lacking midrange and the at 2020 is quite harsh around 5-6k.

    My questions are

    - would there be a significant improvement in my vox if I bought a different microphone?
    - what microphone would be good for my voice if that was the case?

    My voice is kinda in mid-high range for male vox, kinda like maybe Geddy Lee or Neil Young and it's quite loud and cutting. The biggest issue is that we live in a one horse town and I can't try out studio microphones. I do electronic repairs at a music store on the side and they deal with Peavey, Shure, AKG and Audio Technica so I'd take preference to them as I could get one close to cost. I do not want to be a gear slut and want to buy a mic because it will be worth it. I've linked a song with my vox on it for you to hear my vox. I'd prefer a budget of up to $600, but would consider going up to $1000 if it was worth it.

    Thanks in advance!



    http://www.box.net/shared/lsrqno28vo
     
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    It sounds good to me. It just sounds like you need to tweak your mix a bit more. The bass kinda gets lost. It's just a slight muddy that's all. Other than that, great tune. You have a very recognizable voice. I'm pretty sure I've downloaded a couple of your tunes already. Guitars are great. Drums are a little drowned out.

    Good gear makes your job easier. That's about my take on it. I have an AT2020. Not the best mic I've owned and far from the best I've used. As far as budget mics, it's great. Would a "better"mic improve your recordings? Probably. It would probably make it easier for you to place your vox in the mix. Though, it seems to me that you're doing fine with what you have. If you can afford a better mic, go for it but I don't think you necessarily "need" to. It would just make life easier for you and yeah, nicer on the ears.
     
  3. steppingonmars

    steppingonmars Active Member

    Thanks for the advice hueseph

    I might try doing a vox track at a studio I know with an expensive mic and try mixing it

    As far as the mix goes, it was all done live in a room so there might be some source mud issues, also the bass source was pretty murky at best. I'll keep working on my mixing/recording skills
     
  4. BDM

    BDM Active Member

    my motto is: it's always worth it to buy a new mic'. or guitar. or computer. or any shiny thing with knobs (you know what i mean...).
     

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