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mic straight to Digi 003

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by ducada, Apr 6, 2008.

  1. ducada

    ducada Guest

    I am using a Digi 003 rack and a AKG perception 200 mic. I noticed that when recording vocals that they sound a little thin. Am I suppsoed to be using a preamp in between the two or is it recommended? On second thought could it be the mic?
  2. hueseph

    hueseph Well-Known Member

    You could use a preamp if you have a better one than the ones built into the Digi. Make sure that the high-pass filter isn't on, on the mic.
  3. ducada

    ducada Guest

    With that answer it seems it's just a matter of taste huh?
  4. fourone3

    fourone3 Active Member

    Pretty much. It depends on what the situation calls for, too.

    And then you get into pres - which are all about taste and situations, as well.

    I'm sure there are threads around here that talk about pres. Search for 'em, you should be able to find what you're looking for.
  5. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I assume you are just starting out. The mic that you have and the pres in the 003 aren't going to give you any problems. Sure there is better equipment out there, but when you are starting out there is almost always a dozen things that you can do for free that will be more improvement than any piece of equipment. Start with mic positioning. Move the mic around the room. Change the position of the singer with respect to the mic. Try moving around cushions, furniture, blankets. Try a different room.
  6. ducada

    ducada Guest

    Thanks apprciate it. What dou you think about the mxl 770 mic?
  7. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I have not used the mxl 770, but it's another inexpensive condenser like your AKG Perception 200. We'd have to know more about what you are trying to record to make intelligent recommendations.

    But since I'm short on intelligence tonight (and don't really care who wins the ame)....why are you looking at condensers rather than dynamics. In your price range that tends to be like buying a tough gristly piece of steak rather than a great burger. Shure 57 gets used all the time by people with million dollar studios. There are other options for dynamics, but that's my favorite. Used three of them tonight while my AKG 414s sat in the box. Yeah, the 414s will come out tomorrow when I record vocals, but I'd rather record vocals with a 57 rather than a thin sounding condenser. (Your 200 may not be thin - might be technique or your room - but there are crappy sounding condensers out there.)
  8. ducada

    ducada Guest

    i'm recording strictly vocals. I guess i'll dabble in my technique before going and spending money at this point. Thanks for the tips. I'll report back and let you know what transpired.

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