Vocal mic for opera singers
Has anyone here ever recorded opera singers and can recommend:
a good mic $1500-2500 range and a pre at same range
Harmonics in the opera voice is a fundamental characteristic to the sound and I wouldn`t want these overtones to be compressed. Any specific mic used as a preference. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance,
What are good Microphone choices for opera singers?
- AEA R84 ribbon
- AKG D77
- Sennheiser MKH 40
- AKG 426 stereo mic
- Royer SF 24V
- Microtech M930
- Scheops MK4
In a live performance or in a studio?
What will be the accompaniment? Orchestra or piano.
Lots of questions but to recommend a good microphone we need to know a bit more about what you are trying to do. Also what auxiliary equipment will you be using? The choice of a microphone preamp is especially important.
Let us know more about your needs and what you are planning to do.
I will record an opera male lyric-tenor to start. Will later record sopranos, baritones and basses.
I will be recoring in a small room but will also try churches for the natural reverb.
Voice and guitar - live in a church & in studio too
Voice and piano- live in a church & in studio too
Gear: I am trying to get the best sound I can get. I have $6000 (CAD :( ) to spend on mics, pre amps, and an AD converter,
Needing a good mic and pre that works well together. Recording mainly classical singers in the above configurations along with some solo intrumentalists eg: classical guiar and ensembles such as string qtets.
I would say the DPA's would be great as well.
The microphones mentioned so far would be good choices. I would only add that to record an opera singer in a small room would be difficult to say the least from the recording as well as the singers standpoint. Opera is meant to be performed in large rooms. The voice is trained to fill up large spaces. Using a smaller space will restrict the sound and may cause other problems for the singer. A concert hall would be great as would a theater. A reverberant church may not be as good since their are lots of reflective surfaces and the sound may get lost in the reverb. I have found that if the talent, in this case a singer, feels comfortable in the space they will be able to perform much better which will guarantee you a better recording.
Be careful of miking a singer with a stereo pair (ORTF) since, with the amount of sound that the average opera singer puts out, they can seem to be bouncing between the two channels and with a simple turn of their head can swing their voice from one channel to the other. This may not be a good thing to do and may add to other problems with the recording. We use to use coincident microphones for the center pickup of the opera so we did not run into this problem.
Best of luck in your endeavors.
A trained opera singer should have no problem filling a room and in fact will probably sound better when there is some space between the voice and the mic.
I like schoeps in a good room. If the room isn't as good, other mics may sound better- Sennheiser MKH 40's come to mind as does my AKG 426 stereo mic. I've also had good luck with my Microtech M930s.
Pres- Good clean pres work well... I'm not always for absolute transparency here. I like Grace and Millennia, but I'm also a big fan of Hardy (the twin servo pres) and even Vac Rac (which are tube pres).
A-D- So many to choose from here... Heck, most of the time when I do minimalist work, I'm using the A-D in my Lynx 2 sound card and it sounds quite excellent.