Darker smooth mic for female vox <$200

Discussion in 'Vocalists' started by dickiefunk, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. dickiefunk

    dickiefunk Active Member

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    What mic would you recommend for recording female vocals? I already have a Rode NT-1a which I've found a little harsh, brittle and siblant with certain female vocalists.
    One mic I'm seriously considering is the MXL V67g. Would this be a good choice?
  2. RemyRAD

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    dickiefunk, the problems that you're describing will exist with any condenser microphone. That's what they do. That's how they sound.

    For female vocalist, you might want to look to the Electro-Voice RE20/27, the AKG D112, Shure SM 7, larger diaphragm dynamic microphones?

    Better still, grab just about any velocity ribbon microphone. Cascades seem to have a nice one for as little as $160! But then if you want something really good, you might want one of David Royer's? Your choice of passive or phantom powered versions. Plus there are a ton Chinese ribbons popping up all over the place. Another good one would be the AEA's or the Beyer M160/130. Those will run you about $1000 each or less.

    It's that or utilize a software plug-in De-Esser or utilize a hardware limiter and insert a equalizer that has 3 to 6kHz boosted, in the side chain of the limiter, making the limiter more sensitive to those frequencies which you want to dynamically control.

    Your only limiting factor
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. dickiefunk

    dickiefunk Active Member

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    Thanks. I've decided I'm gonna go with a ribbon mic. I noticed that the Cascade Fathead 2 appears under different brands - Nady RSM4 and T.Bone RM700. They all look identical and come with exactly the same packaging and have the same specs. I'm gonna go for the T.Bone RM700 which costs £66 or $132. I've found some other stuff that I'm gonna sell and will possibly get the MXL V67g and a budget dynamic!

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