Vocals and Acoustics

One of three Tracking Rooms in the studio

Check out  three of our favorite “go-to” mics.

The Neumann TLM103

Ask anyone involved in sound recording to name a mic manufacturer off the top of their head, and chances are they’ll say “Neumann.”  If you then ask for a model number, the reply will probably be “U87.”

 “The TLM103 is virtually indistinguishable from a good U87, except that it is quieter and has a greater dynamic range.”  Don’t take my word for it, that bold statement is straight out of Sound on Sound’s review of the TLM103. There are many, many other perfectly respectable large-diaphragm condenser mics on the market, but few that sound better than the classic Neumanns.

Telefunken Copperhead CU29

The Telefunken brand is one long associated with the high end of the microphone market. The Copperhead CU29 is a tube mic that exhibits a satisfyingly smooth sound, but it’s not an all‑purpose mic. What the Copperhead produces best are lovely, three‑dimensional vocals with a smooth but very lively high‑end and comfortable, underpinning bass — just the kind of vocals that sit right in the center of a recording while everything else flows around them.

Audio Technica 4033a

The AT4033 has become something of a modern studio classic. It’s a well‑respected studio favorite for several years. It’s always hard to describe mic characteristics in mere words, but the 4033a sounds both warm and intimate, yet there’s plenty of space and air around the sound. It’s a great “all-rounder” for vocals and acoustic instruments.  The 4033a somehow combines the solidarity of a really good dynamic mic with the transparency and detail of a top‑end capacitor model. There’s a flattering fullness to the sound.

Powerplay P16-M

P16s are conveniently distributed throughout the studio.  They let each performer take control
of his/her own monitor mix. The P16 makes it easy to dial-in your personal monitor mix while recording. You can not only adjust the Volume for each of 16 input signals, but also set the Pan (left to right mix), EQ (Bass, Mid with sweepable Freq control and Treble) – and much more. And the best part, these adjustments can all be made without affecting anyone else’s personal mix.