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Soundelux u195 or Mojave MA-200
Old 13th January 2007
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uptoolate's Avatar
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Soundelux u195 or Mojave MA-200

I've got around $1k to spend. I need the best all around mic in this class for up close male vocals and acoustic guitars. My vocal (the main source I will be recording) is a little on the bright side, and has sort of a Don Henley sound.

My main pre is a UA 2-610 which is pretty colored. I also have a sytek. I will also be using a Distressor in the chain, so I have the colored thing going already. I am leaning toward the u195 for this reason, but I need some input.

Which of these would be my best bet (if there is such a thing)? I'm open to other mics in this range as well.


Last edited by uptoolate; 13th January 2007 at 08:45 PM.. Reason: more info
Old 13th January 2007
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flail19's Avatar
🎧 15 years
This 1K price range seems to be pretty open.
i won't bore you with my interpretation and opinion of those two mics. There is a huge selection and you're probably gonna get everybody's favorite mic thrown at you. I suggest two things:

1. do a search. There is a wealth of information here. Most folks here know more than others.

2. Pick a couple from a reputable dealer that will let you take the mic home to your studio and try it out.

Good luck!
Old 14th January 2007 | Show parent
Gear Maniac
🎧 10 years
The 195 is one of my favourite mics... plays right out of its league... Really benefits from a preamp with a bit of iron... second favourite soundelux mic behind the 251... can't imagine you would ever regret having one... Don't know the Mojave...
Old 14th January 2007 | Show parent
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I really dislike the 195 on vocals! Check out the Mojave or SM7 or AT 4047
Old 14th January 2007 | Show parent
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yep back to the same old thing with Microphones... has to be matched to the voice. Had a guy at my place this afternoon put a track down on my 251... couldn't help thinking that it was not ideally suited to his voice which was a nice lowish tenor (think Greek Andrea Bochelli...). I haven't heard anything come close to the 251 for my voice and as I said the 195 works really well for me.

Ideally, I think Mics are one of those things where you should stand up a whole heap of candidates in front of the target vocalist. print a track of the same sample phrase for each mic and listen to what works printed.
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retropete's Avatar
🎧 15 years
I like the Peluso 2247 (and it's not the LE, so that puts in your range) with my UA M610. I have two U195s that are sittin' on the shelf since the Peluso pulled into town.
Old 15th January 2007 | Show parent
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uptoolate's Avatar
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Would you say the U195 would be better suited to a wider range of sources. Acoustic guitar, EG, Many different vocal types?

Also, I have heard the output is lower than average. Is this a problem?
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