Can a singer be "too loud"?

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by karambos, Jun 3, 2004.

  1. karambos

    karambos Guest

    A singer says she has a very loud voice & thinks this will cause problems when she comes to record in my studio.

    I have a Nuemann TLM 103, an AKG Solidtube, a Sennheiser 421, a Shure SM57 and a kick drum/Tuba/bass mic

    Does anyone reading this think it really could be a problem?
  2. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    I doubt it....

    If your that scared make sure you have a mic with a pad on it...and engage it..
  3. karambos

    karambos Guest

    what is a pad?

    what's a pad?
  4. Kerouacgal

    Kerouacgal Guest


    A pad is a button on your mixer or a little switch on your microphone that cuts down on your input sometimes as much as 10db. You'll notice that is sounds like sometime just turned down the input volume.
    It is very helpful for when instruments or vocalists are very "loud"
  5. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    Re: Pad

    They're usually 10 db on mic's. Pad's on pre-amps (either on the console or outboard) are usually 20 db.
  6. JonCraig

    JonCraig Guest

    the solidtube is the only one on that list with a pad, it's 10db, located on the side about the middle of the mic. however, i wouldn't use a solidtube on female vocals. for what it's worth, the 103 will outshine those other mics, but they are prone to clipping a little early because they're so sensitive. in that case, simply back the mic up a couple of feet. remember that if you double the distance from the mic to the source, you're dropping the audio level by 6 db.
  7. karambos

    karambos Guest

    Thankyou all.

    If you were to recommend a good semi-pro outboard compressor for vocals, which would it be?
  8. Tony dB

    Tony dB Guest

    i had some luck with sm 57 on real loud vocals, try it, it is not so bad as what it seems...


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