sennhiser 421 or shure sm7 for recording vocals

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  1. Guitarplayerdan

    Guitarplayerdan Member

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    Im think about geting a sen 421 or a sm7, or some of the rode products to do various things such as vocals, guitar amps, acustic guitars. What would you guys recomend.

    All I have right now is
    shure 57
    sennhiser 609
    apogee duet
    I can get ahold of betta 58s
     
  2. johnwesley

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    The 57/421 combo is one of the all time great recording combos....


    JW
     
  3. in a little row

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    that sm7 is great but requires a preamp with quite a high dB gain stage and a low noise floor, cheap wont cut it
     
  4. Grant Ferstat

    Grant Ferstat Some guy in obscure bands in a far away place... Silver Supporting Member

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    Seems to me that since you already have access to respectable dynamics it might be worthwhile investing in a versatile condenser.

    I have a Rode K2 which I like for it's tube warmth and variable pattern versatility v reasonable price equation.

    The K2 has proven it's a decent choice on acoustic guitars, a nice vocal mic and it'll work really well in conjunction with your '57 on guitar amps.

    The K2 is just one of many options-there's so many good choices out there nowadays that I'm sure lots of experienced engineers will chip in with good advice.
     
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    Both would be excellent for vocals but I'd edge the SM7 in front. Great dynamic mic.
    The 421 is a classic, but for vocals I'd choose an SM7
     
  6. the_Chris

    the_Chris It's All Been Done Before Gold Supporting Member

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    I use an SM7B for vocals and an MD-421 for guitar work. The SM7B just can't be beat for the money as a vocal mic. The MD-421 is an outstanding mic, but I keep it around for guitars and drums more than anything else.
     
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    For "vocals" between those two I'd have to pick the SM7. 421 is a great option for guitar cabs but I'm not a big fan of what it does with vocals.

    You're now seeing a pattern in our responses.
     
  8. StudioRat320

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    While I love the SM7 and 421, I'd look for a used Rode NT2000. First, it was the only mic that sounded right with my old Traynor combo with JBL D-130F 15" speaker. Second, it was the only mic that sounded right with dance/house diva, Crystal Waters. It's a variable pattern mic, which increases it's value and versatility. And, frankly, it sounds great.

    While not as big and wide sounding as a U87, in a shootout, it came so close that the Neumann/Sennheiser rep, was not very pleased when the majority of the listeners said they would choose the Rode because of cost.

    If you can get a new one, they are about $600. Used, I've seen them go for as little as $350. You won't regret buying it.
     

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