Studio vocalist Marabeth Jordan sings through 49 mics and you get to hear them side by side.

Here's a picture of the all the amazing mics that you'll hear, over $150,000 worth of mics.

These files are from the 3D Mic CD, and feature a female vocalist singing through 49 different vocal mics, ranging from a Shure SM57 under $100 to a Telefunken 251 over $20,000. They allow the listener to hear how great an influence mic ion can have on the sound of a recording. These high-resolution recordings originally recorded at 24-bit, 88.2 kHz, offered here at 16-bit/44.1 kHz will allow you to audition the largest collection of vocal mics ever assembled on female voice. 49 recordings of female voice present each mic in a precisely calibrated setting so you can hear the differences for yourself in your studio on your monitors. Is one mic worth 200 times as much as another? You listen and decide for yourself. This download includes a the artwork from the CD book with pictures of the listening party, technical details of the testing, and the all-important key which identifies each mic. This is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about microphones.

Produced by Lynn Fuston.

Here is a sample so you can hear how Marabeth sounds on a Soundelux ELUX 251 microphone.

Marabeth on the Soundelux ELUX 251

The mics included are:

ADK A-51 t.III
AKG C-12
AKG C-414
AKG C 3000B
AKG Solid Tube
Audio-Technica 4033
Audio-Technica 4047
Audio-Technica 4050
Audio-Technica 4060
BLUE Bottle
BLUE Dragonfly
BLUE Mouse
Brauner VM-1
Coles 4038
DPA 3541
Earthworks QTC-1
ElectroVoice RE-20
GT Electronics AM 62
Lawson L251
Lawson L47MP
MM 2000 "MagMic"
Manley Reference Gold
Manley Reference Cardioid
Microtech-Gefell M930
Neumann M-49
Neumann M-147
Neumann M-149
Neumann TLM 103
Neumann U-47
Neumann U-67
Neumann U-87ai
Rode Classic
Royer R-121
Sanken CU-41
Sennheiser 441
Sennheiser MKH-800 P48
Sheffield C-9
Shure KSM-32
Shure KSM-44
Shure SM-7
Shure SM-57
Sony C-800G
Soundelux U95S
Soundelux U99
Soundelux Elux 251
Telefunken ELA M-251

NOTE: These are 16-bit, 44.1 kHz AIFF audio files that can be burned directly to CD. Due to a limitation in Windows Media Player, WMP will NOT play these files. They will play in iTunes, Quicktime or on any DAW that supports the AIFF format.

Price: $22.50
Size: 391 MB

If you would like to buy the Female Vocal samples from the 3D Mic CD, you may do so now by clicking this button:

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NOTE: High speed internet connection is required since the file is large (~400MB). Files are 16-bit, 44.1 kHz aiff files. Please anticipate 1-2 hours for download.