Which vocal mic for me?

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Member Since: Nov 14, 2006

Hi All,

I want a LDC mic for male vocals (rock/pop) w/ similar style of Coldplay, Live, Radiohead. Something with a little character and that will cut through the mix nicely but not be quite as "spitty" on the highs like the Rode NTK.

My preamp is an RNP (a fairly clean/ every so slightly aggressive pre, but not one w/ a lot of "character")

My budget is around $500

Many thanks!

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Czar of Midi
Since: Apr 04, 2002

Nov 22, 2006 09:36 pm

Hey, I did catch your post but I think most of us are getting preped for Thanksgiving. If time allows I'll try and recomend a few in the next day or two.

Otherwise someone else may pop along as well. but pleas be patient.


Ne'er ate 'er
Since: Apr 05, 2006

Nov 23, 2006 12:14 am

I use a LDD mic for my voice (Sennheiser MD421) and it sounds wonderful. I hear a lot of opinions about dynamics vs. condensers, condensers vs. tubes, tubes vs. ribbons, etc., and all of them have their strenghts.

jimmie neutron
Since: Feb 14, 2005

Nov 23, 2006 09:58 pm

Do you own the NTK you refer to? I'm not familiar with your pre-amp, but I wouldn't think an NTK would sound "spitty" on the highs... but you do say the pre-amp is "aggressive" (solid-state?... perhaps just a bit of EQ somewhere mid-hi attenuation? Do yourself one of those extreme-boost, narrow "Q's" and sweep back and forth to find the problem area, then attenuate instead, and see it you can't calm it down.

Since: Nov 14, 2006

Nov 27, 2006 02:23 pm


Yes, I own the NTK. It's a tad too hyped in the upper ranges.

Right now I'm thinking about replacing it with:

M-Audio Sputnik
ADK Hamburg AND Shure SM7

Any opinions on that list?

Since: Nov 30, 2006

Dec 01, 2006 12:12 am

I played with the Sputnik at NAMM in M-Audio's demo room, and as far as I could tell in that sorta loud environment, it should work really great for what you need. It cut through very nicely--very much like a B.L.U.E. rework of a U47 with the newer tube--(not quite up to a U47 with a VF14). It was actually rather exciting to listen to--I haven't felt that postively towards any mic other than U47s and C12s.

Of course, this is with the caveat that I haven't used the Sputnik in the studio yet, and it's hard to do ultra-critical listening at NAMM.

The 4047 I've used a lot. It's not at all a bad mic, but it's also not at all an exciting mic.

I've used an AT 4050 as well, but never a 4060, so I don't know that one. The 4050 is just as acceptable a mic as the 4047, and just as unexciting.

I don't particularly like the Shure SM7.

I've never used an ADK Hamburg.


Czar of Turd Polish
Since: Jun 20, 2006

Dec 01, 2006 02:54 pm

I've only used it once but have read nothing but great reviews on the NT1-A from Rode. I would love to try the NT2-A and the NTK also.

Actually, since it's Christmas time I will probably be getting some mics in my stocking. Anyone own any of the Rode mics, I'm looking at them very hard as their price+performance is said to be very strong. Or if you can reccomend something for a similar price that I can point the wife at it would be appreciated. My budget is more around $2-300.

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