It has little to do with production. I work around bands and labels for a living and MANY of them are delusional. They think because they are signed or know how to arrange and record on Pro Tools that they are talented. And some are talented, for the nice little towns they come from, just like their local high school quarterback. But almost none of them are as talented as they think they are, and very, very few could EVER be studio musicians. There was a time when musicians from Neil Young to Steely Dan respected the craft of musicianship and cut records with the best players. Today these retards think if they buy a Flea 47 and Manley Voxbox it's going to change something - it won't. Some people practice harder and are more naturally gifted and deserve their success. The rest are here to torment us with their belief that outboard gear and Dave Cobb will make them successful, and they aren't going to pay for it because they don't pay for anything else on the world wide web.
I always liked the Wonder CM7-GT (K47) and CM7-GT (M7). John had this comparison up years ago and I saved it. My experience with the K47 and M7 capsules is also what you can hear in the comparison- a little more detail and fidelity in the M7 but ultimately not as "cool" sounding on his voice, and it should always be about what makes the singer sound better for the song. In this case the K47 just has more cowboy swagger for lack of a better description and that fits this track. So increased detail and prescience doesn't always equal "better" when it comes to making music. Which is why incredible vocals from John Paul White to Bono are made on Shure mics or whatever else. I've said it probably 65 times, but you can get a better sounding vocal out of putting your time into modifying technique and the human voice than a mic capsule. Huge swings in content and quality.
Just finished tour prep with these guys. Fine young men, super humble & talented. Made their own record in a barn over four months with rented vintage gear. I hope this album cycle booms for them. It's great to see the unbroken chain of creativity and drive weaving through the decades and resolving to the root chord. Buy their record if you don't mind supporting some great kids.
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Andreas is taking orders now for his 49 with a swappable head. Borris Karloff at Sound Device in Prague is tight with him. He can get you more info. I think the purple site was talking about it. m.facebook.com/soundevicestudio/
Voxorama U49: The mic comes with a standard K137 capsule, and is fitted with two of Andreas famous VF14 style "electronic tubes". It's fixed cardoid pattern can be changed (on the power supply) and is continuously variable. Capsules may be swapped out for his CK12s or K47s capsules, which makes this mic a vintage style allrounder.
price is 7860,-€ excl. VAT (9350,-€ incl. VAT)
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In my opinion Andreas Grosser makes the best 49 right now. I also think short of a vintage Neumann his Voxorama is the nicest 47 out there. I had one with an M7 cap I bought from Roundbadge it was awesome. I sold it to buy a long body Neumann before prices went retarded.
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I really miss hearing alternative rock with good production. I know for some people this is not their flavor, but I miss alternative rock. I've heard enough hipster string bands with hand claps, unison choruses, and banjos to last me a lifetime.
THE FELL is an exciting new band consisting of Toby Rand (RAND, JUKE KARTEL, "Rock Star: Supernova") on vocals, Mike Krompass (producer and session guitar player) on guitar, Randy Cooke (session/touring drummer) on drums, and last but not least, Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) on bass.
I had JPW and the boys from Belle Adair in the house and he sang through my MBHO MBD 219 Hypercardioid and loved it. This mic just shines in a live setting and his voice sounded phenomenal on it. It requires the singer to stay off it much further than one would expect but it just excels like nothing else. I've had a chance to use it on big voices like Adam Wakefield and crooners like John, and this mic kicks ass. It's built like you could throw it at a wall too.
Even in a demo they knew (like Max Martin and pop producers today) that it lives and dies on that forward vocal. Everything else is part of a backing track. It illustrates how ingrained that sensibility is to writing popular music.
There is something special about blues musicians. They honestly don't need instruments (and never did), but they know what to do with them. There is an independence between the vocal and the instrument but most importantly a stripped down honesty and respect to the the history and tradition of the blues that is naked and humbling. No effects, no pop, no tricks. Just singing the same songs that have been sung for the past 100 years, and if your soul is moved then the singer has succeeded. The tradition of blues started acapella and without accompaniment, you can see the impact it has had on pop music today, where most hits are completely built upon simple melodic vocal hooks that can stand independent of the backing track. If a singer can't sing the blues they will never connect with Americans. Here is one of England's biggest pop stars ripping some blues runs on her number 1 smash.
I own the SM7, 1073, chain and I can hear and recognize the difference, especially in the tails. But what does it matter really.... especially today. It bothers me that manufacturers use these famous producers to "sell" this stuff like Viagra. It feels slightly exploitative and insulting. What is the point of these "shootouts". It's not aimed at the 1% of guys who make records for a living, they aren't dumping their hardware. I'm assuming it's aimed at the average lay person, musician, small studio, and the message is this will make "someone's demos" sound 4% better. Who can really hear the difference? and what does that infinitesimal amount matter if you aren't making records for a living?
Now that the bottom has dropped out of their industry it feels like manufacturers are increasingly taking advantage of people. They know 80% of their customers have no professional need for what they are selling.
Pro Audio is becoming like Wilson Combat. Buy a bunch of expensive shit you will never need, and never use. The current state of computer audio is already more than good enough for 99% of the people who will use it. And the other 1% who are making records for a living (even though they are increasingly one man operations) aren't about to sell off all of their hardware. The only guys who professionally need that subtle difference between a vintage 1073 and a plugin will keep the outboard gear to make sure they can steal work away from Jacquire. LOL
If you want to sell us middle aged men a bunch of shit we "really don't need" don't blow smoke up our ass. Just say... "this shit is cool, it's like the real M16s the Seals carry in actual combat" and it's fun to own.
I think the MK-47 is the single tube predecessor to the dual tube MKU-47. I have a MK-47 with a Flea capsule I got from Yotonic last year. He told me it was built by Toby Foster, with PS mods by Scott Hampton. I have no idea what tweaks they made, but it sure sounds good. No noise issues, although it's not quite the same mic as what's being discussed here. I offer this because it may support Svart's point that little variations in the published design might make the mic quieter and more stable, accepting a wider range of tubes.
Hey Spence you are correct, Toby and Scott made a number of modifications to Max's "design". Toby has worked on my vintage Neumann U47 as well as many of other people's U47s. Not only did the power supply require some modifications by Scott, but Toby made some tweaks where he noticed potential issues. That mic you have (which I want back!) ranks right up there with my favorite 47s - Long body Neumann and Voxorama. Guys like Toby Foster and Andreas Grosser have so much experience working with mics and are so fairly priced in today's market that I would never do anything without them.
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