Vocal mic suggestions for 2 lead vocal band

Discussion in 'Pro Audio' started by Matt M, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. Matt M

    Matt M Guest

    Hello, I recently got back from a mastering suite here in Chicago.
    The guy who mastered a few of the CDs that I recorded in my studio said he
    thought I was getting very close, about %85 of the way there.
    He thought my vocal mics sucked and recommended I get a new on in a hurry.
    I am currently using the Rode NT 1 and an old AKG C 414 EB wich desperately
    needs to be sent back to the factory. Its way too muddy for a C 414.
    I would like to get two because we have two vocalists in our band.
    He recommended the AKG C 414 BXLS II. He said its a great all around mic and
    would look good to my clientele.
    I also need a second mic for my other singer because I would like to get two
    distinct tones.
    I am considering the Rode NT 2 because of the decent price.
    I've tried a few Rode mics above the NT 1 and to me they sounded too "S-Y".
    Has anyone had any experience with the NT 2 with samples I could hear?
    He also mentioned a good Ribbon mic, but I don't personally what good models
    there are.
    Here is a link to the stuff I've done at my studio.
    <a href="http://mattmercado.com/music.htm">My Studio Page</a>
    My band is Supermercado.
    If you have time, please recommend some good mics you think would fit our style,
    Matt M
    Matt M, Feb 23, 2006
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    Paul Stamler Guest

    There ain't no such animal. The two current 414-family mics are the
    C414B-XLS and the C414B-XLII. The XLS has unusually flat frequency response,
    the XLII adds a bump in the treble. They're both decent microphones; most of
    the time I preferred the XLS when I had them for review.

    Paul Stamler, Feb 23, 2006
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    EricK Guest

    If he's dead-set on a "414", I would recommend the XLII version for his
    style of music. He needs that high frequency bump to cut through the
    mix. I might also recommend an AT4033 or 4055. AT makes great mics at an
    affordable price. The 4033 will give you a nice high frequency rise. The
    4033 is considered a pretty bright mic, but for thicker mixes, it really
    helps the vocal to sit on top.


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    EricK, Feb 23, 2006
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    DeeAa Guest

    Sorry no, but I use an NT2-a and it's a very good mic for the price, but I'd
    say it is a tad essy, yeah, I always use some de-essing on vocals.
    Just cut an EP with a new 414, I've always liked those quite a lot but then
    again they are like four times the price.
    DeeAa, Feb 23, 2006
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    Ty Ford Guest

    Me too.

    Ty Ford

    -- Ty Ford's equipment reviews, audio samples, rates and other audiocentric
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    Ty Ford, Feb 23, 2006
  6. Matt M

    Ty Ford Guest


    I've been tracking vocals with a U 89 and GML or Millennia Media STT-1
    preamps. Not essy, all meat. No filler.


    Ty Ford

    -- Ty Ford's equipment reviews, audio samples, rates and other audiocentric
    stuff are at www.tyford.com
    Ty Ford, Feb 23, 2006
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