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FET condensor for vocals

Postby chrisp » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:25 am

No mic does everything, no vox mic will suit all singers, and it is best to audition mics with your own ears.

Having got the wisdom of the ages out of the way, I am in the market for a good FET LDC for vocals, up to $2K. Think of the space ranging from Ben's Beezneez Elly up to say a Gefell M930. A used Neumann would be in the picture as well.

Definitely after 'accurate neutral" rather than to "sparkling boosted". I already have a nice pair of tube mics, a couple of hyped FETs, and pretty much have the dynamics covered as well.

What are your "go to" mics in this situation?

Of course, all bets are off if Rick can provide me with a nice cmv563 for the money :-bd
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Re: FET condensor for vocals

Postby Paul Maybury » Wed Aug 03, 2016 11:47 am

Here's a real microphone. The seller is also very good and trustworthy.
http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/SONY-C-38B-W ... 2050477450
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Re: FET condensor for vocals

Postby walding » Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:14 pm

U87 or neutral U89 would work
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Re: FET condensor for vocals

Postby walding » Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:26 pm

PS What kind of tube mics do you have chris?
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Re: FET condensor for vocals

Postby mylesgm » Wed Aug 03, 2016 1:41 pm

u89 is great and I love mine. Also the um70 and the m930 gefells are excellent choices.
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Re: FET condensor for vocals

Postby chrisp » Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:37 pm

What kind of tube mics do you have chris?


Well, he says coughing shyly, they are older SM Pro MC03's (ver. 1) modded by Joe Malone - so they were far from expensive!

I have AB'd the (modded) MC03 against tube mics with an extra 0 on the end of the price I paid, and would say the result is of the same quality in terms of noise floor, headroom, bandwidth, sensitivity, frequency response - all the numbers bits - but sonicly they have their own signature. Distinctly tube 'big warm' without being gooey or muddy, but not neutral by any stretch of the imagination. You'd not mistake it for anything but a tube.

The JLM mod (which I understand SM Pro has acquired and is now standard out of the box) is a switched impedance mode activated by phantom power, so you sort of get 2 mics (a vintage low mids sound and a more modern high mids sound) in one.
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Re: FET condensor for vocals

Postby berkfinger » Thu Aug 04, 2016 8:10 am

I have a pair of these and am thinking of buying a 3rd:

http://www.voxorama.com/mikrofone/detai ... a-m36.html

Great on Harsh/Nazal Boys, Female vox, amazing Kick Out, Glyn Johns Overheads, Bass Amp and percussion... and pretty cheap.

It's pretty similar to a u47 FET. Can take High SPL and has switchable patterns.
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Re: FET condensor for vocals

Postby onebaldbloke » Tue Aug 09, 2016 8:17 am

I suggest the Lewitt 640 is worth a shot.

http://www.lewitt-audio.com/LCT-Series/LCT-640

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Re: FET condensor for vocals

Postby reddirt » Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:11 am

A 2nd hand TLM 170 would be a great option

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Re: FET condensor for vocals

Postby onebaldbloke » Wed Aug 10, 2016 10:14 am

reddirt wrote:A 2nd hand TLM 170 would be a great option

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A mate is selling one, if yers is interested.........
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Re: FET condensor for vocals

Postby chrisp » Wed Aug 10, 2016 6:09 pm

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Re: FET condensor for vocals

Postby chrisp » Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:26 am

Thanks for the input everyone.

I could not pass up the chance at a Neumann purple badge TLM170 from a fellow Trocker - fits the brief to a T - and have the Sony C38B down for future reference. A new mic that didn't get a mention but which came up in my research is the Soyuz SU-19 FET - it looks nice but by reports has (good) colour rather than the neutrality I was looking for.
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