recording vocals with two mics at a time....

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by shezan, Feb 10, 2006.

  1. shezan

    shezan Guest

    hey guys... how about if two mics are used to record a vocals... like mics of two different types... if you are like not in budget... suppose Sm58 for a bit body and low... and another condenser for much clearer response and then blend the vocals in together... how would that go... can anyone... wanna talk more abt this
  2. saemskin

    saemskin Active Member

    Nov 6, 2005
    that would be no different than layering drum sounds to get a fuller sound. Are you familiar with M/S recording? That uses 2 different mic and 2 different patterns, works quite nicely
  3. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I have done what you are inquiring about (the last time was with a Beyer M160 ribbon and a Neumann U87 LDC). My only recommendation is that you keep the capsules as close together as possible to minimize phase problems. This would be good for Mono vocals.

    As the other poster suggested, I have also utilized "MS" stereo recording on vocals. I don't really like doing stereo vocals because vocalists as a rule, don't keep their head straight but rather turn their heads left and right while singing which makes for bad stereo, when tight miked but is lovely in a recital situation when you have some space to work with.

    MS Remy Ann David
  4. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    True Remy -

    Recording vocals in stereo can be a disaster. Summing to mono (as is quite easy with MS) would help to solve this, but still, you're really only capturing the voice with the M mic and the S mic pics up the ambience from the room.

    The technique of 2 mics per vocalist isn't really all that passe - Coles even makes a few mics with two types of transducers inside.

    Go for it - live on the edge... :lol:

    If you don't like the sound, cut out one of the signals and you'll still probably be happy.

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