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Let's talk sleeper vocal mic's

Post by vvv » Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:51 pm

I've a few to speak of, but I'll start with a recent acquisition, the M-Audio Luna.

Inexpensive (discontinued?) eBog find, I think it's the transformer that's pleasing me so, round and solid vocals, a little hi-pass is all I need, no FET artifacts on my "sss's", no Chinese-fizz, it makes me sound more profound (deeper) and it looks cool. (I think I got very lucky at US$62, shipped).
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Post by Zacharia Matilda » Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:48 pm

EV RE11. Maybe not a sleeper, but I love it on vocals, and it might not be an obvious choice.
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Post by vvv » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:40 pm

+1

I have a RE10 is a go-to for me for BV's.
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Post by ott0bot » Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:39 pm

those m-audio mics are deceptively decent. I have a Sputnik tube mic that hold its own against many big name ldcs. it's great for vox.

i agree with the re11. I have a pair of pl11's that I used for a live recording a while back. they were surprisingly great.

also, I'd recommend any of the AKG perception series. low dollar or very high quality results. I have a 200 that is great on vox.
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Post by Jim Williams » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:47 am

Apex 460 tube mic for $189. Drop in a $109 rk-12 capsule and a 6072 tube and you too can have a C-12 clone.
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Post by vvv » Mon Feb 11, 2013 11:45 am

I actually just got a MXLV96ME, which I like, because I so dislike the MXL9000 I have.
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Post by Ryan Silva » Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:01 pm

I have a Groove Tubes 66, I got from GC about ten years ago. Has a very nice high end works great with female vocals as well as strident male vocals. I keep it around because it makes a killer ride cymbal spot mic.
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Post by Burnt Ernie » Wed Feb 13, 2013 5:07 pm

Sony C48-nice FET-ty tight midrange,plus it's multipattern. Not too bright,great
room mic,nice on acoustic,nice as overhead.
AKG 452eb-Dunno if they're around much anymore-wish I could find another.
GREAT on F Vox. Bright,but surprisingly nice body.
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Post by qbert1 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 7:20 pm

I'm going to submit the EV N/D 468 or 408. High quality transformerless dynamic at a reasonable price. Try it where you wish you had a SM7, you might be surprised.

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Post by Nick Sevilla » Thu Feb 14, 2013 3:21 am

vvv wrote:I actually just got a MXLV96ME, which I like, because I so dislike the MXL9000 I have.
I have two of these. I really do need to make a drumkit setup of nothing but tube mics. Extremely underrated microphones, these.

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Post by losthighway » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:11 am

vvv wrote:+1

I have a RE10 is a go-to for me for BV's.
+2 best $80 I ever spent.

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Post by passnthru » Thu Feb 14, 2013 6:32 am

Peavey 520i
Larger dynamic similar to a SM7 or Re20. (Note "similar" no claims on replacements for.)
You can remove some of the internal screen for vocal duties. Lovely on Kick and Amps.
I haven't paid more than $75 for either of mine.
I've been watching for some EV BK1's as well. Hand held condensors I have used for years. Had great success with male vocals. Can be used with a battery. So much for finding one cheap for myself now.

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Post by A.David.MacKinnon » Thu Feb 14, 2013 8:23 am

losthighway wrote:
vvv wrote:+1

I have a RE10 is a go-to for me for BV's.
+2 best $80 I ever spent.
+3 and it goes without saying that if you like the RE10 you'll like the RE15. The old giant chrome 664 is also pretty great. I find it pretty much interchangeable with the RE15 on lots of applications.

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Post by vvv » Thu Feb 14, 2013 11:24 am

I, too love the Peavey 520i, often using it as the lead vocal mic, with the SM7b (which is darker) for the BV's.
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Post by Jim Williams » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:09 am

AKG 535's are another great 'hand held' vocal mic. I use these for live recordings and they sound like high end studio mics when mixed.
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