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  • Which Mics did the Beach Boys (Vocals) like to use in the studio ??

    creamy clear high end--- maybe the C12 ?? What you think

    (BTW.....Best regards guys -- to you - in your studio) Greg
    Guys...Maybe We might wanna come together----Cause the girls *Already Have* their little type of conspiracy Thang Going Strong

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    I've seen photographs with several different microphones, although the same three or four tend to show up in a lot of pictures. I have seen C-12's in Beach Boys vocal session pictures, although I don't know how often they were actually used. Brian apparently liked the Shure Unidyne III 545SD, and it was used quite a bit for lead vocals. U47's were regularly used for group BGVs. RCA DX77's were also often used, based on the photo evidence. The parts were often double-tracked, and sung with multiple people in the room singing simultaneously. No autotune, no individual tracks and fixes and post production mixing - the main secret to that sound is that they knew how to sing, they knew how to blend and "mix themselves" in the room (and their family/related voices worked so well together), and Brian was a brilliant arranger and producer.

    Shure Unidyne III 545SD - and you can still get 'em for about $100.

    AKG C-12, RCA 77 DX, Neumann U47 - no, you can't still get them for $100...
    Last edited by Phil O'Keefe; 07-28-2014, 11:46 AM.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
      - the main secret to that sound is that they knew how to sing, they knew how to blend and "mix themselves" in the room (and their family/related voices worked so well together), and Brian was a brilliant arranger and producer.
      Last edited by onelife; 08-22-2014, 09:39 PM.
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      • #4
        Thanks for proving my point.

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        "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

        - George Carlin

        "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

        - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

        "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

        - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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        • #5
          This is a fun "in the studio" clip - looks like they're using AKG C12s for the vocals on this one.

          Last edited by Phil O'Keefe; 08-25-2014, 02:10 PM.
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          "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

          - George Carlin

          "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

          - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

          "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

          - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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          • #6
            Here's a great interview with Brian Wilson that was on CBC Radio's Q a few years ago.

            the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes

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            • #7
              Thanks for that. A terrific interview.

              Brian Wilson sounds pretty lucid these days. Good for him! Many have been rooting for him for a long time.
              In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.

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              • #8
                I have an old 545 that I've used to mic my guitar amps with for almost 30 years. Never knew Brian used one for lead vox.

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                • #9
                  I've had my 545SD for so long now that I honestly don't remember when or where I got it.
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                  "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                  - George Carlin

                  "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                  - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                  "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                  - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Phil O'Keefe View Post
                    I've had my 545SD for so long now that I honestly don't remember when or where I got it.

                    I got mine for free! Freshman year of high school they were tossing out a bunch of old audio PA gear(got a Bogen PA head as well) and miss. I got three of the 545's but only one worked…I think it was brand new still in the box. The janitor let me take what I wanted.

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                    • #11
                      Free is always nice...
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                      "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                      - George Carlin

                      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                      • #12
                        I had a couple of the Unidyne III I used for vocals back in the day in Garage bands growing up.
                        I think I have one still in storage some place.

                        You can pick them up for chump change on EBay used and they still sell them for Under $100

                        http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Shur...item462baf0bbd

                        To me they sounded like an SM57. Some sounded better then others depending on their condition.

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