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Old 20th May 2006
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quintessential mic/pre combination for voice, acoustic guitar, acoustic piano

Being fully aware that 'quintessential' is largely an illusion, what combinations of mic/pre have you used that yielded the most lovely, compelling, and gloriously dimensional recordings for voice, acoustic guitar, acoustic piano; price notwithstanding.
Old 20th May 2006
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There is no just one combination, but following are definitely among the best and proven combinations:

Acoustic piano in good room (to get striking reality and sonical joy)

Pair of Brauner VM1KHE + Gordon 2ch pre

Vocal

Wagner U47 + DW Fearn Pre
Blue Bottle + TAB V72
Brauner VMA (VME 1 KHE) + Martech pre
Horch RM2 + Wunder pre

Acoustic guitar (depends very much on guitar, playing and musical context)

Microtech Gefell 295/296 and AKG C12 (Korby 12) + Pendulum pre
Pair of DPA4041S + Thermionics Earlybird 2.2 pre
Royer R122 + Josepshon C6 plus Crane Song Flamingo, DAV, GML or Hardy pres

Mic placement and space can influence the sound more than mic or pre choice, so equipment is just part of following rough equation, asuming that everything is initially on good level:

-instrument and performance 50%
-room, mic placement 20%
-mic 20%
-mic pre 10%
Old 8th September 2012
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i know this thread is very old..but it fascinated me since i have been repeating these chains for some time now with good results.

vocal chain

Wunder CM7 (M7) + Wunder Pre
Peluso 22 251 + Chandler TG2
Brauner Phanthera + Sebatron vmp
Coles 4038 + LaChapEG221
Old 8th September 2012 | Show parent
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Quote:
Originally Posted by GYang ➡️
There is no just one combination, but following are definitely among the best and proven combinations:

Acoustic piano in good room (to get striking reality and sonical joy)

Pair of Brauner VM1KHE + Gordon 2ch pre

Vocal

Wagner U47 + DW Fearn Pre
Blue Bottle + TAB V72
Brauner VMA (VME 1 KHE) + Martech pre
Horch RM2 + Wunder pre

Acoustic guitar (depends very much on guitar, playing and musical context)

Microtech Gefell 295/296 and AKG C12 (Korby 12) + Pendulum pre
Pair of DPA4041S + Thermionics Earlybird 2.2 pre
Royer R122 + Josepshon C6 plus Crane Song Flamingo, DAV, GML or Hardy pres

Mic placement and space can influence the sound more than mic or pre choice, so equipment is just part of following rough equation, asuming that everything is initially on good level:

-instrument and performance 50%
-room, mic placement 20%
-mic 20%
-mic pre 10%
And within the performance element, players (or vocalists) that are conscious of the fact that there is a microphone in front of them and how to react to it. "Mic technique" among singers is a lost art. Frank Sinatra didn`t give a damn what "compressor" he was sining into. He didn`t need one.

Mic placement - that`s for sure. A great mic will thank you a thousand times over for being careful about that. It will also deal out the harshest dose of reality should you not execute in that area......

Cdlt
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