As part of the Home Recording 101 class at Revolution Audio, this past Thursday we did a shootout of 6 vocal mics. The mics selected were some of the top sellers at the store and ranged in price from the M-Audio Nova at $119 to the AT4060 at $1905.
You may wonder why there are so many M-Audio mics in this shoot out. Well that’s because they make good mics for the price, we had a variety on hand, and it seems like these mics don’t get a lot of attention.
- M-Audio Nova
- Audio Technica AT2035
- M-Audio Solaris
- M-Audio Sputnik
- AKG C 414 B-XL II
- Audio-Technica AT4060
The source was Kate singing the first line of ’9 Crimes’ by Damien Rice. Each recording is a separate take, though she is very consistent. No processing has been done. Drop all the files into your DAW, keep the piano track active if you like. Scroll down to the bottom to get the files. The order of the files has been changed so you’ll need to guess which is which.
Leave a comment with which mic sounds like the best fit for her voice and I’ll email you the answers.
Other things to think about:
Which mic sounds like it’s the cheapest?
Which mic sounds the most expensive?
Which 2 mics are the tube mics?
- affordable large capsule cardioid condenser
- 1.1” evaporated gold diaphragm
- solid brass capsule
- Class A solid state electronics
- 20Hz-18kHz frequency response
- includes hard mount, cable and soft case
- Large diaphragm for smooth, natural sound and low noise
- High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
- Custom shock mount provides superior isolation
- Switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad
- Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
- Includes custom shock mount and protective pouch
- affordable large diaphragm cardioid condenser
- 1.1” solid brass capsule w/ evaporated gold diaphragm
- Class A solid state electronics
- all Solaris microphones exhibit no more than +/- 1dB variation from each other
- cardioid, omni and figure-8 polar patterns
- vintage tube design
- 3-micron evaporated gold Mylar diaphragm
- low-current 6205M dual triode tube
- cardioid, figure-8, and omni polar patterns
- -10dB (attenuation) pad
- 80Hz high-pass filter
- solid brass body with polished nickel finish
- dedicated power supply with included 7-pin cable
- professional shockmount
- soft cloth bag
- custom flight case
- High sensitivity and extremely low self noise
- Five switchable polar patterns for placement and application flexibility
- Two-color LEDs provide quick visual indication of selected polar pattern and output overload
- Elastic capsule suspension greatly minimizes structurally-transmitted noise from chassis vibration
- High sound pressure level capability and wide dynamic range
- Completely immune to electrostatic and electromagnetic interference from digital gear, computer monitors, etc. thanks to solid metal housing and transformerless output stage
- Three switchable bass cut filters and three pre-attenuation pads with LEDs for quick visual indication
- All switchable components operate in low impedance circuits for ultra-high reliability even in extremely humid conditions
- Vintage tube sound with the versatile performance necessary for the most demanding studio applications.
- Wide dynamic range, low self-noise and high max SPL capability.
- Carefully-controlled cardioid pattern maintains uniform off-axis response.
- Dual large-diaphragm elements for extended frequency response.
- Hand-selected tubes are aged and individually tested to ensure peak performance.
The sound files
Get the files here: http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/1053122/vocal%20mic%20shootout.rar
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