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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by losthighway » Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:56 am

roscoenyc wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:37 am
Last November I was at a very well heeled studio in Tempe, AZ with a deep mic closet.
I noticed a Warm Audio box in there w their version of the 251. Asked to put it up to check it out.
Used it on some harmonies, some percussion OD's and some acoustic guitar.
I really enjoyed singing on it. I got one as soon as I got home and a couple of my friends have gotten the since.
I'm really curious how their U67 holds up. It seems to be their least reviewed mic.

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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by digitaldrummer » Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:32 am

I was curious about those WA67's too. I have a pair of WA87's (the original version) and I've been using them lately as overheads in a Glyn Johns setup and I have been enjoying them. I also enjoy the simplicity of having only 4 drum tracks to mix! But it doesn't work everywhere...
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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by roscoenyc » Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:54 am

losthighway wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:56 am
roscoenyc wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:37 am
Last November I was at a very well heeled studio in Tempe, AZ with a deep mic closet.
I noticed a Warm Audio box in there w their version of the 251. Asked to put it up to check it out.
Used it on some harmonies, some percussion OD's and some acoustic guitar.
I really enjoyed singing on it. I got one as soon as I got home and a couple of my friends have gotten the since.
I'm really curious how their U67 holds up. It seems to be their least reviewed mic.
I'll let you know soon. I have one on the way.
It's 'least reviewed' because as their newest mic it was just released. Just started shipping last week.

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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by losthighway » Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:30 am

roscoenyc wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:54 am
losthighway wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:56 am
roscoenyc wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 6:37 am
Last November I was at a very well heeled studio in Tempe, AZ with a deep mic closet.
I noticed a Warm Audio box in there w their version of the 251. Asked to put it up to check it out.
Used it on some harmonies, some percussion OD's and some acoustic guitar.
I really enjoyed singing on it. I got one as soon as I got home and a couple of my friends have gotten the since.
I'm really curious how their U67 holds up. It seems to be their least reviewed mic.
I'll let you know soon. I have one on the way.
It's 'least reviewed' because as their newest mic it was just released. Just started shipping last week.
That's awesome, I'm curious to hear what you think.

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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by digitaldrummer » Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:06 pm

also curious what you will compare it against? I was messing around and tried a couple tube mics (instead of the WA87s as overhead) and I think I might really like the Mojave MA200, but unfortunately only have one... I believe it is "U67 inspired". the low end had just a little something more than the WA87 and cymbals seemed pretty smooth too.

oh wait, this was about vocal mics... :D
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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by Brian » Sun Dec 20, 2020 4:28 pm

digitaldrummer wrote:
Thu Dec 17, 2020 12:06 pm

oh wait, this was about vocal mics... :D
Time for a shootout? :high:
Harumph!

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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by Phobos » Mon Dec 21, 2020 3:37 pm

I am very curious about the Warm mics as well. They seem to get really good reviews, and lots of people are buying them. Just today I ordered a matched pair of TZ Audio Stellar X2 Vintage mics after reading the Tape Op review. I do not have a matched pair of LDCs and can't spend a bundle, so we'll see how they do.

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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by roscoenyc » Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:23 am

I got the WA 67 a week ago.
Very solid piece.
I'm currently on week 4 of six weeks of my left hand in a splint for a torn ligament and fracture so typing is kinda hard.

I don't have a lot of mics at home for a proper shootout but I did compare it to my AT4060.
I'm not that into the traditional shootout anyway. For me it's more about which microphone makes the singer more comfortable singing.

I did like singing into the WA 67 a lot.

I did find a video that compares the WA67 build and features to the Neumann https://youtu.be/yGVOormJEqo

I hope to be able to play the guitar again in a couple/few weeks

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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by Studiodawg » Tue Jan 05, 2021 8:26 am

Since there is no right answer to this question, here's my insight. When I retired my location recording company, I wanted to get myself a vocal mic as an award for a job well done. After some soul searching, I decided to get a Shure KSM42. No regrets. Regarding the SM7B, I like it quite a bit, but favor the EV RE27 for my voice. The Beta58 has yielded excellent results. Pre-COVID, we would record with 3-4 vocalists playing and singing in the same room with no gobos, etc. The Beta58 has excellent rejection, as do the SM7Bs.

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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by drumsound » Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:04 pm

roscoenyc wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:23 am
I got the WA 67 a week ago.
Very solid piece.
I'm currently on week 4 of six weeks of my left hand in a splint for a torn ligament and fracture so typing is kinda hard.

I don't have a lot of mics at home for a proper shootout but I did compare it to my AT4060.
I'm not that into the traditional shootout anyway. For me it's more about which microphone makes the singer more comfortable singing.

I did like singing into the WA 67 a lot.

I did find a video that compares the WA67 build and features to the Neumann https://youtu.be/yGVOormJEqo

I hope to be able to play the guitar again in a couple/few weeks

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Sorry to hear about your injury, but we all appreciate your thoughts on the mic.

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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by roscoenyc » Wed Jan 06, 2021 4:57 am

drumsound wrote:
Tue Jan 05, 2021 5:04 pm


Sorry to hear about your injury, but we all appreciate your thoughts on the mic.
thanks

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Re: Best vocal mic under 2K?

Post by Brett Siler » Fri Jan 08, 2021 8:06 pm

So many excellent mics under $1000 for vocals
off the top of my head from my personal experience:

EV RE20
Shure SM7b
Heil PR 30
Rode NT1
Neat Kind Bee
3u Warbler series
3u CM1
Rode Procaster

for specific situations, a handheld dynamic like an SM58 can sound great for punk or metal performances for singers that need to move around and sound gnarly (listen to Jesus Lizard "Goat")

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