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what mic(s) does Kanye use
Old 15th May 2009
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what mic(s) does Kanye use

Anyone familiar with the mics Kanye records into?
Old 15th May 2009
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i've seen him with a u87 i don't know if he uses it exclusively though. mike dean or ken lewis would know more details (they're here under their exact names) maybe you could shoot either gentlemen a pm they're kanye's go-to engineers
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Hey this is from sound on sound mag

Kanye West's 'Through The Wire' would have been a challenge to any engineer. The track was about the serious car accident that left the artist's jaw wired shut during the recording schedule. "It does sound unique, yeah β€” it's hard to sing when you can't open your mouth," Marroquin chuckles. He used a Sony C800 condenser microphone to take advantage of the Sony's higher sensitivity under the circumstances, but running it through his usual signal chain of a Neve 1073 EQ and a Tube-tech CL1B compressor straight into Pro Tools.

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Old 16th May 2009 | Show parent
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thank you for the information
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Originally Posted by down_town ➑️
Hey this is from sound on sound mag

Kanye West's 'Through The Wire' would have been a challenge to any engineer. The track was about the serious car accident that left the artist's jaw wired shut during the recording schedule. "It does sound unique, yeah β€” it's hard to sing when you can't open your mouth," Marroquin chuckles. He used a Sony C800 condenser microphone to take advantage of the Sony's higher sensitivity under the circumstances, but running it through his usual signal chain of a Neve 1073 EQ and a Tube-tech CL1B compressor straight into Pro Tools.

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Yep..no "rocket science" here.
Old 16th May 2009 | Show parent
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Yep..no "rocket science" here.
I heard he's using one of those new Rap mics into a Hip Hop pre...y'know...the ones they keep talking about on Gearslutz
Old 16th May 2009 | Show parent
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Everybody knows it's all about 'da boof'!
Old 18th May 2009 | Show parent
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Everyone has at least 1 U87 so that's automatic.

C800G, ELA M251.... mics that are probably too expensive for you to consider.
Old 18th May 2009 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by bgrotto ➑️
I heard he's using one of those new Rap mics into a Hip Hop pre...y'know...the ones they keep talking about on Gearslutz

Where can i get that Hip Hop Pre?
Old 18th May 2009 | Show parent
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Where can i get that Hip Hop Pre?
Joes Pawn Shop over on East 63rd and Dicks
Old 18th May 2009 | Show parent
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I heard he's using one of those new Rap mics into a Hip Hop pre...y'know...the ones they keep talking about on Gearslutz
Oh my God, I know you're kidding, but that's the most hilariously brilliant idea ever.

Make a Hip Hop Pre and a Country Pre and a Rock Pre, etc.

The one thing I've learned from GS is that people believe what they read from strangers on the internet. That is what passes for research these days. It's astounding to me every time, but it's proven over and over.

So all you'd need to do to bring these products to market would be to invent a character nobody's heard of, and have them assert (with post 1, natch): "OMG, I love the Country Pre! It just has a certain twang to it I can't find anywhere else..."

...and then another person chimes in "You can take my Hip Hop Pre out of my cold, dead fingers. Nothing else has that flow. It's like a 1073, but with more boom bap. Nah mean?..."

And then count the dollars as they start rolling in.

- c
Old 19th May 2009 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by PettyCash ➑️
Everyone has at least 1 U87 so that's automatic.

C800G, ELA M251.... mics that are probably too expensive for you to consider.
Not a fan of the U87, not yet at least, wasnt happy with it last time I used one.

I can afford any mic on the market, the question is if it would make sense to use in a currently untreated environment. I need to step up my work space prior to buying something like that. Then I can consider better comp, pre and mic. However, one thing I know as fact is it's not the environment, it's the people IN the environment that determine greatness from subpar results. Nice gear does help. I like the sound Kanye gets out of his vocal chain.
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Joes Pawn Shop over on East 63rd and Dicks
I thought i saw 1 ova by carols ave on 69th ?
Old 20th May 2009 | Show parent
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Apparently the Audio Technica AT4050 and 4060 were used as the main vocal mics on The College Dropout album.

Record Plant Engineers Praise A-T's Line of Studio Mics
Old 20th May 2009 | Show parent
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Joes Pawn Shop over on East 63rd and Dicks
They also have them over at Linda's Used Audio Emporium over on West Bunghole ave... Across the street from Larry's Chicken & Grits...
Old 20th May 2009 | Show parent
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I know at some point, Kanye records with AKG's. I remember a while back they announced he signed a contract with them to be a spokesperson or something, and part of the sponsorship deal was that they provided all of the equipment for his tour.

AKG has a thing on their website talking about big name artists that use their mics, and Kanye is one of them.

I saw an article about Kanye and AKG at the Grammy's as well... AKG made a press release about how Kanye and Neil Diamond used AKG for their performances, calling them "two great ambassadors".

Makes sense, since Kanye always has the sharp, clear, and dry vocals with the airy texture and bold mid presence... That's right up the alley for AKG...
Old 10th October 2009 | Show parent
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the sony c 800

b4 that telefunkin
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I know Kanye recorded into U47 and U87 in a studio I worked at, God knows what records were those, cause it has been so long ago, I know it was Late Registration album
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I think he uses the U51 "Insecure" with the gold body into a Neve "My ego's so swollen I have totally lost it" pre, followed by a little squash from the "Pop Art" comp (also used by Pink Floyd).
Old 10th October 2009 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by down_town ➑️
Hey this is from sound on sound mag

Kanye West's 'Through The Wire' would have been a challenge to any engineer. The track was about the serious car accident that left the artist's jaw wired shut during the recording schedule. "It does sound unique, yeah — it's hard to sing when you can't open your mouth," Marroquin chuckles. He used a Sony C800 condenser microphone to take advantage of the Sony's higher sensitivity under the circumstances, but running it through his usual signal chain of a Neve 1073 EQ and a Tube-tech CL1B compressor straight into Pro Tools.

Hola
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the artist's jaw wired shut
To bad it cant stay that wayheh
Old 10th October 2009 | Show parent
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To bad it cant stay that wayheh
heh
Old 10th October 2009 | Show parent
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Strange that you ask. I wondered the same thing myself one night so I just
hopped up on the stage and jerked it out of his hand. Looked like a Heil to me.
Old 10th October 2009 | Show parent
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It doesn't really matter which mic he uses as he totally screws up the voice with Autotune ... Autotune ends up replacing the core of the vocal sound so I don't think there is any point in wondering what he uses. Could have been recorded with a Realistic mic for all the crap sounding autotune. !
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People still care about Kanye? I think his personality ruined his career.
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Kanye uses Taylor Swifts Mic
Old 11th October 2009 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by bgrotto ➑️
I heard he's using one of those new Rap mics into a Hip Hop pre...y'know...the ones they keep talking about on Gearslutz

i've seen these being talked about on the secret forum on here. Have you heard them?
Old 11th October 2009 | Show parent
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Kanye uses Taylor Swifts Mic
LOLLLL loved it!
Old 11th October 2009 | Show parent
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Originally Posted by Darwin James ➑️
Not a fan of the U87, not yet at least, wasnt happy with it last time I used one.
Hey Darwin...

The one session I worked with Kanye, we used a U87 (vintage). It would have probably been going through a Vintech x73 then into a Manley VariMu.

When you tried a U87, was it an original U87 or an Ai? In my opinion, the U87Ai is crap, compared to the originals. They are really hard to find though, no one is getting rid of them for good reason.
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LOLLLL loved it!
ROFL he sure does
Old 11th October 2009 | Show parent
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