A Better Live Vocal Mic (for recording live) - revisite

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by Scott_Fouts, Oct 20, 2003.

  1. Scott_Fouts

    Scott_Fouts Guest

    I'm still dealing with the live recording vocal mic selection delima. We went with a beta 87a - and its a great mic - but not in this case. I think its thinning his voice out too much. (two examples) http://hummel-plum.com/ftp/tim/11s2.mp3 (slower song - quieter vox level - b87a)
    http://hummel-plum.com/ftp/tim/12s2.mp3 (faster song - louder vox level b87a)

    I'm wondering what your thoughts are on either a beta 57 or beta 58.
    we've recorded with sm58 before
    http://hummel-plum.com/ftp/pretty_girls.mp3 (rec w/ sm58)
    - but wanted to look at something better (if possible). okay - enough of my rambling . . .

    thanks for reading!
    scott sends . . .
  2. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Audix OM series...the 6 is a GREAT Mic...you'll see them on almost every live television broadcast these days....they do mark out the logo most of the time, but I've caught them on more than one occasion.
  3. by

    by Guest

    I'm working with some buffet videos and while some venues he uses 58, most of them are OM6 - and the audix always seems to sound fuller/better - on him anyways.
  4. white swan

    white swan Guest

    I like the EV N/D series, but that's just me.
  5. AudioGaff

    AudioGaff Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    Silicon Valley
    My default is an AKG C535. I've done a few FOH gigs and got to use that newer Neumann 105 handheld mic and I thought it was very good.
  6. Scott_Fouts

    Scott_Fouts Guest

    thanks to everyone who read or posted! I will save all this info for future reference.

    After listening to the mixes again I decided to go back to the ADAT and dig a bit. It seems that if I use only one of the Mic's on guitar (pan R) and then blend in the DX (pan L) using some reverb to sort of tie them in together, it helps out the vocal mic. The vocals always seemed too washed out - and I was blaming that on the mic. It appears that it was actually the two guitar mics picking up the VOX and killing the superbness of the b87a. I'll post a new rendition and show what I mean. But I've got to get that ready to go first.

    To all that read or replied - thanks! I've kind of beat the preverbial dead horse to a pulp bringing this whole subject up again - and i'm glad I did b/c it prompted me to dig deeper. take care!

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