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Oktava MK-219 on Vocals
Old 16th September 2012
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Oktava MK-219 on Vocals

What are you alls thoughts on using this mic for Vocals?
Old 17th September 2012
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John Suitcase's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Great mic for some vocalists. It doesn't have a hyped high end, so not overly sibilant. Mine worked fine for that, good on things like snare, OHs, certain guitar amps, too.
Old 17th September 2012
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edva's Avatar
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I'd call it a nice, good quality 60's type of sound. Cool mics.
Old 17th September 2012
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Boschen's Avatar
🎧 10 years
It has a funky tone and great vintage vibe. I've used it on backup vocals.
Sounds great on drums. I like it in Glyn johns on the snare or tom.
Old 17th September 2012
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You really need to try this mic for yourself as no two are alike in my experience.

I've seen 219s with a pretty much flat high frequency response above 16kHz but I've also seen a 219 which starts to roll off considerably below 10kHz. I've seem a 219 with a narrow dip around 6-7kHz but I've also seen 219s with a huge, wide peak in the same area.

This is based on the printed individual frequency response curves from the Oktava factory. I find it pretty strange that they take the trouble to print these curves and then seemingly lets all mics pass regardless of the sometimes HUGE differences.

They can all sound good on different sources but they all sound DIFFERENT!

Same story for Oktava MK-011 in my experience. I pretty much gave up finding a matched pair as the differences in the higher frequencies were just too drastic. And Oktava does not offer matched pairs for the 011/103.

Still, they are great mics with a cool vibe. I love them! Just don't expect much consistency between different mics of the same model.
Old 17th September 2012
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Alex Specht's Avatar
🎧 10 years
Sounded ok for rapper. A little harsh for female vox (singing)
Old 17th September 2012
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drBill's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Modded, they are FANTASTIC on toms. (Replaced my 177/179's as favorite tome mics.) Also, the ONE of the Joly modded one I have is the only mic that can make me sound like a singer for some weird reason. (I'm not a singer, but I know it sounds crazy, but this mic makes me sound bigger and bolder than real life....)
Old 17th September 2012
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dickiefunk's Avatar
🎧 10 years
I really liked my MK-319 on harsh sounding vocalists. It sounded full without sounding dull, sibilant or harsh.
Mine developed a fault whilst out on loan to another studio and it turned out to be dust.
I've just had the mic sorted out and modded and am really looking forward to trying the new improved version out!
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