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Mic choice for vocals between tele/neuman or other

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by baloti, Jan 14, 2008.

  1. baloti

    baloti Guest


    I currently have a brauner phantom and a rode k2 mic running through an Avalon 737. I am looking to upgrade my mic for vocals. I was told to look at the telefunken m16 and the ak47. They are both in the 1600.00 range. However, I have enough to buy a Neumann u871. My question is would someone please make a recomendation from what works well for you between these choices or any other choice you have. My spending limit is 3200.00.

    Thank you,

  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Are you sure your money is best spent on a mic and not a preamp at that price? Nothing against the 737, but for that budget there are things out there that would make it sound a bit like a toy.......

    New 87's are WAY overpriced...I have an older one and its wonderful and I have a lot of experience with the 87ai and the 87i.

    A Brauner Phantom is a very very good mic. Perhaps you should relate to us what you need to hear in order to need an upgrade of this sort.

    Just from the list of gear, I'd bet on Hip-Hop and Rap..........
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    I would recommend a Shure SM57 for under $100. Then I would recommend a specialized Gold & titanium pop filter for under $2600. Then the sound will be spectacular into any preamp.

    Always the practical one. Never the idiot.
    MS Remy Ann David
  4. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    If you have enough for a U87:

    Try a TLM149, at $1400, you cant beat it.
    The only downside (for some people) are cardioid only, no pad, no roll off.
    But heck, its a vocal mic!!!!

    That leaves you enough for an Audio Technica AT 5050 ($500), and a bag full of SM57s and 58s.
  5. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    If you like Avalon pres, you might also consider adding the M5 to your arsenal for a different flavor.
  6. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    I'm curious to try this mic. Any words of wisdom you could provide on this TVPS??
  7. baloti

    baloti Guest

    Not rap or hip hop. Actually more Jazz and some theme soundtracks. I talked to a salesman today who suggested, Bock 151 and AU1676. Does this sound like a workable combination.
  8. baloti

    baloti Guest

    I like the brauner and wish I could get the better. I also like the Rode k2. So, here is what I am looking for in an upgrade. The Brauner is bright and very happy, the rode is a bit more bottomy and fuller. I need something that is more airy and fulller with a richness to its character. I hope this helps explain what I need in a mic. Any help is so very much appreciated. Than you.
  9. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    I know it seems counter to the higher priced stuff already mentioned, but try a Blueberry. It has a nice bright tonality that's not etchy or edgy at all. If you like it, it would leave PLENTY of room in the budget for yet another mic, such as a Royer 121 or an AEA R84.
  10. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Haven't used one, but this morning I've been researching the new Avant CV 12, and I haven't read a scrap of bad press on it anywhere. It's a tube LDC, comes with 3 different tubes for different tonality, 9 polar patterns, discrete power supply, and it's only $499. I think I found my next mic.
  11. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    I can't speak to that particular mic other than that I know it's a chinese made piece. However, I've had a few experiences with Avant Electronics (Avantone) and all have been exceedingly positive.

    If you buy it, please let us know your thoughts and if possible, post some samples.

  12. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Will do. The Avant site makes a point to mention that the tubes are NOT Chinese, encouraging.
  13. baloti

    baloti Guest


    Thank you everyone. I am going with a Pearlman. I talked with Dave Pearlman and was satisfied that this mic will serve me well for now.
  14. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    I meant TLM49

    I demo'd it for a week, sold my TLM103, and just bought one!!!

    I record only spoken word (Narration/VO/Announcer).
    I don't need a pad as there is no screaming (as long as I never record Shadoe Stevens again!!!).
    I need no other pattern other than cardioid. In fact it's closer to a hyper!!

    It has NO sibilance issues whatsoever, very sweet top end, nice tight midrange, round bottom, not as ballsy as a U87,
    but I roll off everything under 80Hz, so it's a moot point!!

    Next purchase will be the A-Designs Pacifica pre.

    Oh, yeah, if you want to know the ridiculously low price I paid for it, you,ll need to PM me.
  15. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    My local Professional Audio Gear Retailer has one. They just got it and they're all droolin on it...(theres a studio there...)

    Very similar description I got recently.............I have seen them go as low as 1200 used.........
  16. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    They can go lower new!!!
  17. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Hmmm...I'll be contacting you offline...
  18. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    I replied to you offline!!

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