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Hey guys,

Ive recently received an offer by a decent local band to record their first official EP. Steping up to the challenge would mean id need to fork out some cash on more gear, at present I'm using Pro Tools M Powered using a delta 1010 card.

Ive heard good reviews about the Shure KSM44 on male voice, so I'm highly considering one of these, has anyone not achieved decent results with this mic or any problems with it i should know about?

Would i need to invest in a high quality preamp with my current set up? At present I'm using a ART Tube MP STUDIO V3... Would the difference be large enough to invest in a higher end preamp? budget really restricts me from spending big any suggestions or tips would be GREAT :)


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RemyRAD Sun, 01/08/2006 - 17:38

The Shure condenser Mics are all great! The simple little tube preamplifier you have should be adequate but if you want something more esoteric, you will be putting out esoteric $$$. It won't really matter if you're doing rock-and-roll. Make sure you follow your preamp with a compressor/limiter, when cutting the vocal! Try a DBX 166 or similar. If you want a really good compressor/limiter, then drop a few bucks and invest in a UREI 1176 or equivalent. Otherwise. Save your money learn how to use your tools at hand.

Ms. Remy Ann David

RemyRAD Mon, 01/09/2006 - 14:31

You bet there is a difference while tracking with a compressor/limiter! To list the most obvious reason you will not overload your A/D converter. Increasing the density of the signal with the analog compressor will effectively increase the use of bits available and create a better use of the data. I most always use a compressor/limiter when cutting vocals and/or other percussive instruments. All those phonies out there that are afraid that you cannot undo what you did are not completely inaccurate they're just lousy engineers. Always remember, Less is more! And of course, I would rather use my best limiter/compressor while tracking than a bargain box. I may still also includes additional dynamics processing from within the software after tracking. I think I'm a good cook and nobody has complained about any of my meals. Yummm delicious audio casserole!

Remy Ann David

Davedog Tue, 01/10/2006 - 17:55

So this brings up one of the very coolest things about the KSM44 mic...some have called them ....errr....boring...I call em accurate.

And the best part is they really take to the different aspects of different mic pres quite well. Ya get a tubey colored thingy and thats what you hear, something pristine and clean and the mic does that too. Cant really go wrong with it.

The pre you choose will dictate the sound of the track with this mic.