I got some testing and writing done, here is the first part of the first installment of my personal "mic locker" (hmm.. can you say drawer?) test. This is close to half the mics in current possesion. I will test some more today.
I am finding this useful so far. It is incredibly difficult to provide "accurate" impressions of how things "sound" so no apologies for vagueness. Eventually, I plan to test and review some horrible mics too. There is a use for everything even if it isn't "pretty". Enjoy, Kuru
As posted above, I decided to to an initial test of my mics in a different way than orginally planned.
I set that up and did a brief test of each microphone running through my Fishman Loudbox Performer. The EQ was set to noon and left there, the anti-feedback was off, no effects. The tweeter attenuator was turned down a bit, it is more natural sounding that way. We set it and left it for live work. The only setting that was changed for each microphone was the Gain, some mics require phantom power, the Fishman supplies 24 volts at high current.
The random element is that I turned the mics up to a reasonable volume, where I could hear them well. This was not calibrated, just by guess and by gosh. So, sue me!!! :- D
I intend to get closer using the meters in the DAW when I record the mics. When I say "No noise" that simply means I didn't experience any in this particular circumstance. It doesn't follow that these mics are absolutely silent, they aren't.
I used a Blue pop filter placed about 1.5” away from the business end of the mic. I positioned my pie hole about 2” away from the pop filter. I have two side address mics with inexpensive but effective pop filters that strap onto the mics with rubber bands, I like these since they are effective and efficient. Mine were “branded” as Mudder but you can get them all day long on ebay under different “brands”.
There were no problems with plosives or sibilence under normal singing (for me) conditions.
For what it is worth, I am very open-minded regarding what mic goes where and what combinations might be “interesting”. Since I feel vocals are paramount to my songwriting projects I decided to give these a comparison run first. Where possible, I will link manufacturer specs.
Here are my first impressions.
This mic was the reason I changed the intial test, it was very noisy in the convenient location I began testing mics in my studio space. My studio rig is simple, very few components. Apparently it radiates considerable EMI. I've had some noise issues with EMG guitar pickups, which are very quiet in other contexts (gigging all over the place).
With the Fishman, the Heil was silent. It is a great sounding mic for vocals. The bottom end was huge but smooth and clear. The high frequencies were extended for what I am used to with a dynamic mic and not “peaky” to any annoying degree. I like it very much, it makes me feel good about singing and the sound I make.
One of the great under-rated mics. This mic is another large diaphragm dynamic with a neodymium magnet structure. It is more “hyped” in the mids but still has a natural sound for vocals. The output is lower than the Heil, I turned the gain up more to get the same volume. No noise.
This is a side address ribbon mic, I used the attachable pop filter described above. Pattern is Figure 8 so I turned this mic sideways to point the null at the speaker. This mic has a huge, glorious low frequency response. The highs are there but attenuated somewhat. Overall it sounds clear to me, not muddy or boomy. This will make a thin voice sound full and rich. No noise.
CAD Equitek E100 (2)https://www.manualslib.com/manual/1016977/Cad-Equitek-E100-2.html
Medium diaphragm hypercardioid condensor mic. Attached pop filter described above. The pattern makes it more important to stay centered and sing to the element than with some of the other mics. The mids and highs are noticeably more present than with dynamic or ribbon mics. The output is higher as well. A full, clear sounding mic, probably good on all sorts of things. A good choice for vocals but I would advise caution if somebody has a thinner sounding voice.
Audio Technica MB4000Chttps://www.audio-technica.com/cms/resource_library/literature/466fb537601283f5/mb4000c.pdf
Small diaphragm cardioid condensor mic. The low frequencies are attenuated. The high frequencies are very smooth and clear. I didn't feel the need for a pop filter with this mic unless the singer tends to get very close. I'm thinking this mic would combine very well with the CAD D82 and intend to try that as one configuration. It sounds very good if a bit thin. In practice we may not want too much low frequency information in the vocals so it could sit very well in a mix. I would not use this for recording bass or kick. No noise.