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Monday, April 25, 2011

Microphone test

Not all microphones are the same—even the highly expensive ones. In order to find the ideal microphone for my voice, Nik set up a test. He arranged four mics in a close array and then had me sing a couple lines.

He recorded each microphone on a different track, and then we sat in the control room and listened. To make it easier to discern the difference, he “A-B’d” them, that is, he flipped back and forth from one mic track (A) to another (B) while the tracks were playing. 

This is the mic array and Nik laying out cables.

We went with the Rode NT1A plugged into a Drawmer 1960 tube preamplifier/compressor. That's the rectangular one at the bottom.

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