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SENNHEISER MD 421

Discussion in 'Recording' started by reginald, Dec 15, 2004.

  1. reginald

    reginald Guest

    :roll: Can this mic do professional vocal recording, i dont really know, can somebody help me??
     
  2. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    It'll sound as professional as the voice that goes into it.

    I hate to sound cryptic, but that's pretty much the way it is with just about everything.

    The 421 (or really ANY mic, preamp, effect, etc.) can be your best friend or worst enemy depending on what sound you put in front of it and the other sounds that make up the mix as a whole.

    That being said - Specifically, I don't rely on 421's for vocals very much. Not that it can't be used effectively on some of the "louder" types (rock, metal, etc.).
     
  3. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Yes.
     
  4. splurge

    splurge Guest

    It depends on what you want it for. There are a lot of condensers in this price range. Anyway it was used for the vocals on "My Favourite Game" by "The Cardigans" ( female vocal ). I'm pretty sure they used it for the whole album.

    Cheers

    Liam
     
  5. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    My personal experience has shown me that female vocalists seem to like the 421 a lot in lieu of a better condenser mic ... the rise at 2k seems to enhance their vocals in a way that makes it easy for them to hear themselves. I used to work with one lady who always complained about not being able to hear herself but when I put up a 421 for rucks, she loved it ...
     
  6. sammyg

    sammyg Active Member


    So true,

    I recorded a band that clearly hadn't practiced any of the songs they were recording, nor practiced their instruments.
    I tried different mic's, pre's, etc, but came to the conclusion that they were just bad, just made me work harder!! No gear can fix a bad song, bad melody (in this case no melody), or bad vocalist!

    On the other side of the spectrum, I recorded a female vocalist (just piano and vocals), she had a voice like an angel, good mic technique, the whole bit. It was the easiest recording I've ever done, and the best sounding. We did 7 songs in one session, a couple of the songs she did in 1 or 2 takes, to me, recording someone like that is what makes getting into recording worth it.

    Unfortunately there aren't a lot of musicians that analyse themselves before a recording, too busy trying to be rock stars,
    or what they think being a rock star is about.

    my 2 cents,

    Sammyg
     

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