Vocal Recording (and some bass)

Discussion in 'Bass' started by MigrantRecords, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. Here's a quickie:

    I have a Seb vmp 4000e and a Focusrite ISA 238.

    I'm using those for drums and guitars.

    Will those pres work well on vocals, or do I need another unit, say a Grace or a Great River, for vocal duties?

    At that rate, will those two pres do the job for fat bass? If not, what do you recommend for good vocals and bass?

    I know this topic has already been covered in one form, but I just need to know whether to break down and buy new equipment...or whether what I already have will do a great job.

    Thanks, guys.
  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    To shamelessly steal someone's signature on this board -

    Great recordings have been made with less...

    Both the pres you mentioned are great devices (though I have to admit, I'm not familiar with the ISA 238 - if it uses the same pres as the rest of the ISA range though, you should have a good pre on your hands.)

    I wouldn't say that a Grace would be an improvement for vocals. Don't get me wrong, I think the Graces are some of the finest pres money can buy, but they aren't great vocal pres, their great instrumental (and orchestral) pres. The Great River is a great unit (any of them) but again, you have good stuff.

    Now, the real question is, what microphones will go into these boxes?

    An AT 2020 or AKG C3000 through these pres just won't make you happy with your vocals or your bass (or your drums or guits either.) An M147 certainly will though, or an AT4050/4060 or U87, etc.

    Much of the sounds that we get are determined by pairing a good mic with a good pre. You've got to know the sounds of each piece independently to help pair them with other devices.

    Hope this helps...

    J. :cool:

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