vocal mic distance

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by brad3e, Jun 1, 2007.

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  1. brad3e

    brad3e Guest

    I realize there are no rules, but what is a standard distance one should be away from the mic or pop filter?

    How far should the pop filter be away from the mic?

    How far should a singers mouth be away from the pop filter?

    Obviously this depends on how hot i'm running the pre-amps too, but just looking for general opinions for medium volume singer for folk rock/country. Thanks.
  2. tifftunes

    tifftunes Active Member

    Jan 13, 2003
    There really is no standard distance. It depends on the talent. Sometimes they want to eat the mic, sometimes not. Some really need to hold it. Some can't stand still. Some need to sit, though that's NOT recommended (yeah, what do I know? I'm just the engineer!!!). Depending upon what they want, I pull the appropriate mics out (hopefully) and test 'em out.

    I put up my two favorite mics when I'm working with a new singer, and find the best fit - or the one I used last time if I've worked with them before. Then move the mic toward or away from the singer to get the best sound, which also depends, at least a little, on the room.

    I ALWAYS use a pop filter. If for no other reason than to keep spit from hitting the mic.

    Most threads and reviews I've read about which pop filter to use claim the metal ones are best. Maybe that's true for the sound. But I prefer to protect my gear too. So I use the "other" kinds - like womens' stocking material.

    My favorite pop filter IS a lady's stocking (particularly if they are wearing 'em!), cut to size. Been using 'em since I saw it in the Let It Be "roof-top" videos backin the day. Works great, and doesn't distract...

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