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  • New Live Mic for Vocals? Little Help

    Whats up gang. I am currently ready to upgrade my live vocal mic. I am Rhythm guitar player and I sing back up and am the only vocal other our lead singer and I also use a TC Helicon voice processor. I can simply see that when I sing through my lead singers Senheisser wireless mic it is so much hotter and more sensitive. I have use much less energy to hit notes and it strains my voice much less. SO... the point is I want a WIRED, durable, vocal mic made for club use and possibly have some duel function in some capacity in home recording some time. I have found that the Betas by Sure are very nice but really like Audix. I use Audix I5s for my snare and for my guitar cabs so I would like to stick to Audix products but am open to any suggestion.

    Does anyone know what the best wired live vocal mic is from Audix and does it compare to the Sure Beta(whatever one that may be for vocals) or other brands. I am willing to spend up to 300 or so.

    Thanks in advance guys and gals!

    Chris
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  • #2
    Find out what the wired version of your lead singer's mic is and think about one of those. Having matching vocal mics usually makes the mixing easier .

    "We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us" - Walt Kelly​

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    • #3
      Find out what the wired version of your lead singer's mic is and think about one of those. Having matching vocal mics usually makes the mixing easier .


      Yup - Usually you can unscrew the windscreen and find a sticker saying something like "845" on the capsule. I don't know about the old 3072 wireless handhelds, but the Evolution series uses the capsules as some of the wired Sennheiser mics.
      "I would kill the children of a thousand planets, just to see you smile"

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      • #4
        3072 wireless handhelds
        A quick Google says "...with ME 3005e mic head".

        "We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us" - Walt Kelly​

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        • #5
          If the sensitivity is that different, how about increasing the mixer gain or level for your mic channel?
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          • #6
            Thanks for the advice but agedhorse I am singing through a pg58. Its intro level crapp. The only good thing about is that it works.

            I very much like Audix stuff and want to try a high end product from them but my lead singer sings through some high end Sennheiser wireless.
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            • #7
              You might try the E835 or 845, an SM-58, Beta-58, etc. You should find an excellent solution for <$200.

              You should have mentioned that you were singing through junk in the OP.
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              • #8
                pg58 ... The only good thing about is that it works.
                Actually if it didn't work you'd be MUCH better off !

                "We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us" - Walt Kelly​

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                • #9
                  I really like the Audix mikes for instruments, but use Shure mics for vocals. We use the: Beta 58; Beta 57; and Beta 87 for different vocalists in the band. Each member has their favorite for their voice, but it's only my small margins as these are all good, standard, mics.

                  Try out various mics to see what you like for your voice!
                  - BandDad

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                  • #10
                    Having said that we like Shure mics for our group, I don't have much experience with the Audix mics for vocals. (I do like their quality with the instrument mics we've used).

                    The Audix OM-5 looks like a good place to start for a vocal mic. It's priced similar to the Beta 57-58, and gets good reviews.

                    Good luck! Let us know what you come up with.
                    - BandDad

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                    • #11
                      Perfect guys thats exactly what I was looking for. The Sure stuff seems to be all around great in the Beta series and I will look for some comparisons on OM-5 as well.

                      Thanks great! Ill let you know what happens!

                      Chris
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                      • #12
                        I never really liked the SM57/58 but really like the Beta versions. The band I'm workin' on at the moment had a low male lead singer that sounded weak until I handed him a Beta 58A -wow! He threw his old SM58 in the "crap mic" bag . I also tried an EV N/D767A but that never sounded right to me on low male voices and it didn't cut it here either.

                        "We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us" - Walt Kelly​

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                        • #13
                          hey guys I have a chance to buy an om7 from an endorsed audix guy and it's only been used on one 1 mo the leg of the warped tour. What do u think for 50 bucks? They for 139-229 from what I have seen on ebay?
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                          Diezel Einstein 100
                          Mesa Boogie Subway Rocket
                          Park Pocket 5
                          Effects-Eden Analog Overdrives
                          Voodoo Vibrato and Chorus
                          Keeley DD3 w/ Analog Option
                          X2 Digital Wireless
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                          • #14
                            $50 sounds like a great price - if you don't like it you should be able to get your money back pretty easy. I've spent more on "lets-try-this" kind of gear.

                            Check here for some review comments: http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Microphone/product/Audix/OM7/10/1
                            - BandDad

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                            • #15
                              Thanks Banddad!
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                              Epiphone EJ Acoustic
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                              Ibanez RG
                              Fender Jazz Bass

                              Bogner 101B Metal Grill, Bogner Ubercab
                              Diezel Einstein 100
                              Mesa Boogie Subway Rocket
                              Park Pocket 5
                              Effects-Eden Analog Overdrives
                              Voodoo Vibrato and Chorus
                              Keeley DD3 w/ Analog Option
                              X2 Digital Wireless
                              Trailer Trash Pedal Board

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