You pick the mic

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by TheArchitect, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. TheArchitect

    TheArchitect Active Member

    Mar 26, 2005
    What mic would you pick to capture a breathy, inimate vocal performance ala Dianna Krall. The budget is $1k and for this excercise assume you have a preamp and monitors that are up to the task.
  2. impro

    impro Guest

    kms 105 was used live...
    U87 - studio but if you by TLM 103 would be prety much the same...
  3. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    She uses (or at least has used) the Neumann M-147 in the studio for that breathiness. I'm not really sure if I would use the U87 in that situation, because the upper part can clash with some voices, and the breathiness can sound very strange. I suppose that's true for most mics -depends on the singer.

    John Stafford
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    I recently recorded a singer very similar to her. I had fits until I tried an Audio-Technica AT4047 on her. Can't say enough good things about that mic. And I bought it from Full Compass at a great deal. Smashes the other "under $500" mics I have tried in that situation.
  5. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    Oct 1, 2004
    I have an AT4047, and I'm not surprised by what you say. It has a sort of gaininess and adds a certain texture (at least in my experience) that is great for that sort of voice. The AT4060 is also a wonderful mic. Any breathiness in the voice comes out the other end sounding wonderfully expensive. BTW I think the same goes for the Oktava tubes that really exaggerate their tubiness. If it works it's great, but if not it can sound really cheap -I've still managed to get some wonderful vocals with one though :wink: I would say that the ATs are of a much higher quality and great for general use. I love AT!

    Hey AT if you're reading -when are you going to give us a multi-pattern 4060 or 4047?

    John Stafford
  6. Antho

    Antho Guest

    Sorry to jack the thread...

    But having not used many AT mics before ( but having used many good mics at work of other brands) , and currently looking for a cheaper all round condenser for use in the home studes...

    how would you guys rate these AT's you speak of to a Studio Projects c3 as an all rounder? Which would be more suitable for pop? For 'world' music? and for rap/hip hop? Baring in mind these will often be used with cheaper preamps...

    Many thanks.
  7. mikE@THECAVE

    mikE@THECAVE Guest

    Blue Bluueberry
  8. Matt_Trix

    Matt_Trix Guest

    Rode Classic II

    It's incredible. I use it through a fairly transparent pre (basically a DM2000 pre) and the sound is lush. Tracking the female singer I'm currently working with the breathy-ness is so real it's scary.

    I don't have any of the Audio Technica or Neumann mics to compare it to but I'm hunting for new mics now so I'll do some comparisons.


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