Tim Gillett wrote: Kwackman wrote: Tim Gillett wrote:
Arpangel wrote:Yesterday I tried a Beyer M201, it wasn’t bad, it had a very intimate, breathy, sound, that picked up all my mouth noises ...my voice is very quiet, breathy, and I like to be close to the mic...
A quiet voice can seem breathy, have prominent mouth noises, sometimes overly sibilant simply because the meat in the voice is weak in comparison. If so this is not a mic issue but voice.
You quoted Tony, but missed an important bit out- he's not complaining about his voice quality...
Arpangel wrote:Yesterday I tried a Beyer M201, it wasn’t bad, it had a very intimate, breathy, sound, that picked up all my mouth noises, which is what I’m after
Kwackman, Hugh says Tony already has, apparently, an MKH40 and asks why he doesnt try that. I second that.
I few months back I posted here about the MKH40, just didn’t work for me, I don’t like singing into small mic's, or mic's that seem to be fragile and pop at the drop of a hat, I did use a shied with the 40 by the way, and it still popped. The 201 sounds much better on my voice and pops less than the 40, but I do find I hold back, and get all hesitant with small mic's I think a ribbon may be bad too, close-up, not good for the ribbon I guess.
Budget? Not sure, trouble with this situation is that it’s difficult to try mic's out, and there are so many! If you make a mistake with a cheap one it’s not that bad but if you’re spending thousands that’s bad, not that I want to.
The cheap option would be to stick with the 201 and get around the gain problem, I’m using it through a channel on my A&H MixWizard, I haven’t tried it with my main preamp which I think will be a lot better, it has a lot more gain, I’ll try that today, it’s been hiding away and I found it last night, see how that goes.
The expensive option I’m thinking, may be an AKG 414, I like that mic, on tracks that have used it, it seems to have a bright sound, not sure.
Enya? MKH40? I would never have thought that, I’d like to know how she used it.
My vocals are half spoken, I wouldn’t call it singing as such, the nearest I get to that is a cross between a drunken Laurie Anderson Tom Waits, on a bad day,
I am content with my voice, it’s not anything really, it does the job, so I’m not after looking to improve it.