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#1 2012-05-08 22:19:05

Jane_marie
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Confused about Mics (broadcast Mic Vs. Preformance Mic and others)

Hello I am a very low alto singer.  In the studio recently I commented to the tech that I like how the mic in his studio maintain my..."thickness" and asked if he could suggest other mics for me to look into based on this idea. 

He told me that I should look into purchasing a broadcast mic.

Also, he gave me these specific names for me to look into:

Pevey PVM 520TN
Shure SM7B
Sennhieser MD 421-2

To be honest, I do not entirely understand what makes these mics maintain warmth and am curios about how sound waves hit this different than a standard performance mic. 

What are some of the benefits with one of these and do you think it would be a "good idea" to utilize one at gigs?

Why or why not? 

I apologize for my ignorance.  Links to good articles on this subject are appreciated as well.

Thanks.

Jane Marie

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#2 2012-05-09 01:03:33

ronws
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Re: Confused about Mics (broadcast Mic Vs. Preformance Mic and others)

You say you are a low ranged singer.

A great one for not a lot of money is the Shure SM - 58, the battletank. It is a dynamic mic, and like any dynamic, can handle high volume singing. I, on the other hand, am a high-ranged singer and fare better with the Sennheiser e835 (dynamic.)

For recording, most recording engineers prefer to use condenser mics. They are more sensitive and, in turn, you can sing a little easier.

Rode makes a dynamic the M-2, that is considered the next step from the Shure SM - 58. They also make a condenser version that handles a good range and captures lows quite well.

And for a price comparable to the Shure.

You can get a good condenser mic for recording for less than 100 dollars. And actually, I got my Sennheiser on ebay for $74.99 with free shipping. So, I have an outstanding live mic for half of what it would have cost in retail.


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#3 2012-05-09 05:35:39

TimmyP1955
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Re: Confused about Mics (broadcast Mic Vs. Preformance Mic and others)

A live mic must be a careful choice between sound quality and rejection of "wash" (unwanted sounds such as the band, the monitors, room reflections).  IME the better the sound, the worse the wash rejection (AE5400, KMS105, VX10, PR22).  My favorite is the Audix OM7 - the OM3 is good, and more 'normal' (output level and drop-off as you back off the mic).  An accomplished friend likes the Sennheiser 935 (I find it to be bright).  The EV PL80a and 767a are good ones.

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#4 2012-05-09 20:05:38

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Re: Confused about Mics (broadcast Mic Vs. Preformance Mic and others)

My personal favorite(that I cannot afford) is an Electrovoice RE-20. It has built in pop and hiss eliminator so you don't have use the de-esser plugin. A drummer buddy of mine uses one. Even used opn ebay, they go for about $500. New they are about 1400 to 1500. And the Sennheiser 421 is a very warm(and vintage) mic. But they are very finicky on when they want to work. I have a Shure 57 and an SM40(I think it is) in my studio.


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#5 2013-04-18 23:10:39

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Re: Confused about Mics (broadcast Mic Vs. Preformance Mic and others)

My favorite <$150 mics is EV ND 767a, and I tried many other brands, including Audix, Sennheiser, Shure, others.   But, when I tried Sennheiser MD421, I thought it was superior.  Of course, it costs twice as much.   But, if you have low alto, may be well worth it.


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