Let's Face it, there are ALOT of options out there for primary microphones for recording vocals, either in a commercial recording studio, or in the Home Project Studio. Our personal favorites are the AKG 414B XLII, Audio Technica AT4060 tube, and the Neumann TLM-103. Let's go ahead and address each of these great mic's attributes one by one.
The AKG C414B-XL-II is a multipattern condenser with a capsule based on the legendary C-12VR. It is GREAT for vocal tracks that will cut through the densest of mixes, and works well in the Digital Realm, especially through a TUBE mic pre.
The Audio Technica AT-4060 is a studio tube condenser that works EXTREMELY well in the Digital Domain, especially when paired with a Class A FET mic pre. This microphone adds alot of warmth along with very little coloration of the source material.
The Neumann TLM-103 is perhaps the most popular studio condenser mic for both Project and Professional studios alike. It is also prevalent in broadcasting, with Howard Stern being the most visible user. This mic is all about DETAIL, DETAIL, DETAIL. Based upon the industry standard U-87, this microphone brings out even the most subtle nuances in the human voice.
Live music use of expansion?
Hi ... I always thought expansion in live music meant that you basically tracked the program signals that were below a certain threshold and boosted them so that the signal (say a vocal via a microphone) has a more uniform volume level through the song.
I just read a spec that said "an expander reduces the volume of a signal in low level passages", which is the exact opposite of what I believed.
Is it a misprint?