Rode Classic Experience?

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  1. HammyD

    HammyD Supporting Member

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    Hi Guys,

    I was wondering if anyone has any exprience with the Rode Classic (not the II)?

    I have access to one for a voice over (spoken word) session and would appreciate any thoughts, comments or advice. We're going to be using a Neumann TLM 103 and the Classic.

    As always, thanks in advance!

    James
     
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    We have one. Like any other mic at the higher end of the scale, it's amazing on some sources, not so amazing on others.

    I found it works best on baritone male vocalists doing quieter stuff and, surprisingly, male nu-metal screamer/rappers. It's tilted toward the brighter end of the spectrum, and will flaten out if you really get on it, but also has lots of low end, if you're up close and quieter.

    Here's a folk guy:

    http://www.laurencesugarman.com/music/mp3/rain_sample.mp3

    As far as VO goes, the 103 is what we use in our booth. I also like an AKG 451/460.

    Loudboy
     
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    I was hoping you'd comment! Thanks! My engineer has a 451 and is bringing that as well. The intent is to try out several for my voice and see which one is best for the type of work I'll be doing.

    I had a local studio with a TLM 103 and a D.W. Fearn preamp but they lost their lease just this week so we are working on plan "B". Fortunately, a fellow IT guy is an engineer and studied in Austria recording classical music from quartets to symphonies. Also, we have a teaching amphitheater one floor below my office that goes unused after 4pm everyday that has a wonderful sound and sound proofed from outside noise.

    Thanks for posting the clip....going to listen to it right now!
     
  4. Bassomatic

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    Matte's gotten some swell female vocals with the classic.

    I've got the II, and it likes my voice a lot. I've also had great luck with other M voxes and a strong, dynamic female voice (alto into soprano range). Not quite sure how the II varies from the original.
     
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    Thanks Conner! Its great to know that both you and Matte have done well with it.

    The clip that Loudboy posted sounds great!
     
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    Glad i could help, JD.
     
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    love the rode classic. i've been using one for female vox and acoustic guitars for around 7-8 years now. the only other mic that i have a serious jones for is a sony c37a. i had one on loan throughout most of the "90s and it was remarkable.
     
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    Thanks for the info Matte!

    I googled the Sony c37a and afterwards I got back into my chair after seeing the price! LOL I am sure it would be wonderful.

    We're going to begin simple with the MBox2 and internal preamps and move up to the Millennia and then DW Fearn. As it is just voice overs for commercials, narration for tv, etc. there will be a point of diminishing returns.

    Once I get the demo done I'll post it. I am writing the spots which will vertainly evidence my strange sense of humour including a faux Viagra spot using Muddy Waters "Put a Tiger in Your Tank" as the music bed!
     

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