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How good is my vocal chain (prism S./ ADK TC)
Old 27th November 2009
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How good is my vocal chain (prism S./ ADK TC)

Hi,

I own an ADK TC (tube) as my main condenser and a Prism Sound Orpheus audio Interface as converters and main solid state preamp.
I record vocals (pop/RnB/Urban) with this combi on 24/44.1.

I was thinking at first hand; I like what I'm hearing, but on the other hand I noticed that I dont'have that much of compairing history of reference.

So I might sound very stupid at first hand but:

I would like to know how good is this combination?
I barly have any reference.
To which combi can I compair it with?

How good is the ADK TC Mic? Which other brand or model can I compair it with? I would like to get this visualist.

If the thick studio albums recordings of all well know famous artist are a class of 9 or 10 out of 10. (in this leaque).
Where is my combi at which range/level?

Again it sounds a bit weird but I try to get this ''visualisted''.
thanx
Old 27th November 2009
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IMHO your setup is broadcast quality pre-production/tracking/overdub.
The wiregain micpres on the Orpheus are superb and would make even a halfway decent mic sound good.
First thing I'd do is start using 24/48 for tracking. It will make a difference. Whether you notice it or not, is another story.

An outboard compressor would be a good addition, especially for vocals.

I don't know ADK well, but they aren't total crap from my experience.
Other mics to look at that would be better quality: Neumann, Gefell, Pearlman, Telefunken, Bock, Brauner, Manley, Wagner, etc.

Do you have any other instruments you want to record?
Maybe look into different types of mics as well: couple dynamics, pair of ribbons, pair of good SDCs, etc....

Also, treating the recording and monitoring environment, if it isn't treated now) more than likely will have more of an impact than buying more gear.

Maybe something here rings a bell?

Cheers!
Old 6th December 2011
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If you can't make a an album with your setup it's not your signal chain

Just learn when you come to a quality road block, and if you can't quite get the sound in your head, maybe try something different and embrace a more lofi sound. A lot of great songs, even big pop productions have sounds in them that a far from hifi, it's contrasting these lofi parts with hifi sounding parts that will make the song sound bigger.

And remember, Arrangement is key. Make the song exciting so the mixer doesn't have to.
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