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Discussion in 'Microphones' started by mdb, Jun 2, 2011.


Which audio samples are your favorite?

  1. Vox 1 mic

    3 vote(s)
  2. Vox 2 mic

    1 vote(s)
  3. Vox 3 mic

    0 vote(s)
  4. Guitar 1 mic

    2 vote(s)
  5. Guitar 2 mic

    1 vote(s)
  6. Guitar 3 mic

    1 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    This is a poll

    I want to know what audio samples you like the best between the first three and then between the second three. The first three samples are vocals (vox1,2,3) and the last three are acoustic guitar pickings (Gtr1,2,3).

    Audio Samples 1-6 on SoundCloud

    This is how they were tracked...

    All the audio went through a Trident S40 preamp with the EQ engaged and used the same EQ settings for each type (one setting for vocals - all mics, one setting for guitar - all mics). The compressor was also engaged and placed Pre-EQ.

    The audio in the DAW was sent through the same reverb (UAD RealVerb-Pro) with the same amount of wet signal added via a common Bus.

    On the stereo output, there were the following UAD-2 plug-ins (settings slightly changed between the vocal and guitar samples to calm the peaks down):
    1x 1176LN compressor
    2x LA-2A (one on compression mode, one on limiter mode)
    I will now reveal what microphones were used AND WHERE:

    Vox1 & Guitar1 = Shure SM57
    Vox2 & Guitar2 = AKG C414
    Vox3 & Guitar3 = AKG Perception 220

    The same three microphones were used on both the guitar and the vocals and were recorded in my humble basement recording space. Although very few people actually voted prior to knowing what mics were used and where, I'm surprised that the SM57 won on both. Especially over the C414 on vocals... interesting.

  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    At first I picked the #1 for vocals and then after listening to it decided I like #2 better. Its a little bit more articulate even though its darker. I like the the first guitar sample.

    I dont remember your mic selection so they could be anything. I'll guess that the second mic is a ribbon of some sort.....The guitar I picked is a condenser.
  3. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    Yes, the mics could be anything - that's half the fun Davedog. I will say this much, "there is at least one condenser in the batch."

    56 views and so few voters... sniff... must be some lurkers out there.
  4. freeslave

    freeslave Active Member

    Considering the vocals, vox2 seems to have less of the room in it, at least comparing it to vox3.
  5. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    Okay, I'm going to let ya' know what microphones were used, but I'm not going to say which ones are used on which samples (you can give your best assumption)...

    AKG C414
    Shure SM57
    AKG Perception 220

    This was also added to the original post above.
  6. mdb

    mdb Active Member

    I've waited long enough. What microphones were used on what samples above have now been revealed in the original thread.

    Samples 1 = Shure SM57
    Samples 2 = AKG C414
    Samples 3 = AKG Perception 220

    Interesting that the SM57 is prefered over the C414 on vocals...
    Thanks for playing.

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