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Recording Vocals - Microphone choices

In the videos I have been producing, we've listened to a number of microphones and how they respond to voice and instruments, but for completeness, we'd not heard them on voices. I'd been working on a little job where I'm creating a stage track for a person I've worked with for years and I always send him the stems, and a guide vocal. He then replaces that with his voice, and does another of just the track which he uses live with a real voice and the tracks. I thought it an opportunity to put out an array of mics and record my vocals on the different mics.

The usual culprits are there, plus two new ones - the Oktava MK-319 and EV RE-320.

Chris suggested I also make the clips available for direct download - 48K .wav format.

What to listen for:

Spill from the headphones - they leaked, and I didn't notice until I'd done, but I guess spill also has a 'tone' - the SM7B was the one that on voice, rather than speech, I didn't really like. The 87 and 319 shared something but were different. The 414 seemed a little more breathy? The Re320 was actually brighter than I expected

Oktava MK 012 on acoustic guitar

I just got my matched cardioid pair ! I haven't done any serious work with them yet. I did however, do a quik setup and record to tape of my acoustic guitar. I did use them as a spaced pair. I bought these specifically for recording my acoustic guitar. These are some extremely sensitive mics. Wow. I'm thinking that the 10db pad may be required for close mic of guitar and I will obviously be spending some time getting my placement and gain staging just right.
A very quik test says I love these mics already. I have no doubt that I will be (over time) acquiring matched sets of the other available caps as well. The only SDC I can compare them to are the SM81's which I own. I'm not going to go into this vs. that. I think they are both good stuff. Now, it's just a matter of learning them. Yay !

Oktava Mk 012 and AKG Perception 420

Hi all,

I was thinking about getting a pair of Oktava Mk 012

My main interest is to use it live for recording the sound of some dancers and and some instrument (horn+flute), so the room is very important for me.
A totally different alternative would be the AKG Perception 420, that is very sensitive (i need that), but i'm afraid of the feedback during the live.

I also do some field recording, so I was thinking to use the Oktava also for this purpose, while the AKG is not the the best option for that.

What do you think?
Do you have other suggestions?


Has anyone sent their mics in to Oktavamod? I'm thinking about purchasing their upgrade to my old MXL and Oktavamod condensers, as they get no use in my studio.

I would appreciate hearing about anyone's experiences with them.


Oktava MK 012-01

Can anyone tell me if these mics sound anything like the RODE NT5s? I have a set of the RODE but came across a set of the Oktava 's for a good price and am kicking around getting them, though I really don't 'need' them...particularly if they're going to sound close to what I already have.

I mainly use my SDC for acoustic guitar.