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what microphone for lo fi?

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by lo fi, Nov 5, 2001.

  1. lo fi

    lo fi Guest

    I'm a lo-fi nut, I use primarily vintage 2 track reel 2 reels and I use a tascam porta7 4-trach recorder. I use the best quality tape possible but am in the dark as far as finding a proper microphone for capturing that "vintage" tone. I'm prettty adept as far as proper mike placement goes but my favorite michrophone has died (the most expensive one I could get at radioshack) and I have had no luck figuring out what would be good. Also my last one had the 1/4" jack and all I seem to find is the three pin type, which dosent help me because I have always fed my microphone through a rack mount guitar effects processor/pre amp to boost the signal and clean up the sound a bit. do they still make decent mikes with the 1/4" adaptor? My music is just vocals and accoustic guitar, I use the processors flange and reverb to create a bit more sterile environment and would like to be able to work more with less direct miking and more ambient techniques.
     
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  3. e-cue

    e-cue Active Member

    Originally posted by Lee:
    Also my last one had the 1/4" jack and all I seem to find is the three pin type, which dosent help me because I have always fed my microphone through a rack mount guitar effects processor/pre amp to boost the signal and clean up the sound a bit. do they still make decent mikes with the 1/4" adaptor?
    I'd suggest buying a XLR (the 3-pin you mentioned) to 1/4" adapter, or an XLR to 1/4" cable.
     
  4. GT40sc

    GT40sc Active Member

    The XLR to 1/4 cable costs about $20 at any Radio Shack...or you could make your own for less than half that...works great with something like a Shure 58...

    But my favorite lo-fi microphone right now is the Shure Green Bullet harmonica mike. It has a 1/4 cable because it's meant to be plugged into a guitar amp...I've been using mine for Rap vocals and flute...cool and nasty...

    SC
     
  5. LoFi Mic?I go right for th e GreeenBullet or a pair of Altec 633's that I have.

    If you really want it to be crappy,a telephone hand set from the old dial phones will work just great.

    You will need to supply phantom to them so you will need to have a system capable of using "three pin" (we call these XLR in the biz) connections.

    You won't need much of a preamp as these put outalmost line level.

    I have to engage the 20 db pad on my preamp and use very low gain settings.
     
  6. Kevin F. Rose

    Kevin F. Rose Active Member

    Drive in movie speaker.
     
  7. Jon Atack

    Jon Atack Member

    It really depends on what you mean by 'lo-fi'...

    In addition to the above mics, here's a variant: An Oktava MK219 doesn't have a lot of bottom and top end, making it a bit like an old recording without the vinyl pops and crackles.

    Ribbon mics, like the old RCAs, are great for this too.

    For a cheap, crunchy or nasty sound, just about any mic coupled with a pair of filters (HPF & LPF) lopping off the top and bottom can work. Add distortion to taste.

    Jon
     
  8. drumsound

    drumsound Active Member

    For low-fi mics I like the ones that used to come with tape recorders. We've got 2 little plastic Revox mics that are cool. They have 1/8" connectors so it's adapter city. We've also got a silver metal torpedo looking things that’s the perfect trashy, bus station sound.
     
  9. sjoko

    sjoko Guest

    a broken one - like a 57 which has been used on snares for years, Or, if you want to go for sophisticated, purpose designed lo-fi, a Manly Gold. Sounds like $*^t straight out of the box :D
     
  10. Doug Ring

    Doug Ring Guest

    Try the earpiece of a pair of cheap headphones.
     
  11. gtrmac

    gtrmac Guest

    My favorite is a 10" speaker with a 1/4" jack attached plugged into a D.I. box. It makes a great LoFi bass drum mic. You can hang it from the tuning lugs of the bass drum with big rubber bands.
     
  12. sign

    sign Guest

    Use your headphone as a microphone, an old Sennheiser (600 ohm) will do the job perfectly :D
     
  13. MMazurek

    MMazurek Guest

    Get a mic from your local fast food drive through restaurant. You may also want the little speaker outside for the full effect.
     
  14. Bear's Gone Fission

    Bear's Gone Fission Active Member

    For the fast food idea, bonus points if you have them order - er, sing - into the clown . . .

    Bear
     
  15. Ang1970

    Ang1970 Well-Known Member

    That would make an excellent video treatment. :)
     
  16. debasah

    debasah Guest

    fisher mics
     
  17. Masternfool

    Masternfool Active Member

    How bout "Mr.Microphone" .....Hey baby we will be........
     

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