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    Need a vocal mic tomorrow for session, $1300 tops?

    I'm in deep, I'm out my main vocal mic and I borrowed an AT4050 and it's totally not working for me, way to thin sounding. I need a mic for a session tomorrow afternoon... I need a good solid pro mic that can be used on male rock vocals, females and rappers. Any suggestion??? I'm going to Coast in the morning and check out the Soundelux U195. Tops can spend $1300. Thanks

    James
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    Try the 4047. It may not work, but give it a shot.
    Lynn Fuston
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    See if Coast has an E47 they'll let you try. I don't know the price but I bet it would be great for what you need. Based on the opinions of others, mind you. I haven't heard it yet.
    Lynn Fuston
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    Lynn,

    Thanks for the reply and the email last night, I will look into those mics. Looking forward to checking out the the 3D Mic CD! This finding a mic thing is tricky because some music store will not let you return them because of the (germ) law, same as harmonicas.
    James Lugo,
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    The 195 is pretty darn good in my opinion.
    I would think that it would be similar to the 4047 as it's supposively designed to be a cross between a Fet 47 and a U87.
    You may want to try the Audio Technica 4060 tube mic as well ($1099 at Sweetwater).

    The Soundelux E47 is $3550 at Sweetwater.

    You may want to also explore the possibility of renting a mic. I don't know how widely available renting is. I certainly haven't found a place here in the DC area.

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    You can find rental companies in LA to get any mic you want.

    Also, check with Fletcher at Mercenary Audio because he is really good about letting people buy 3 or 4 mics and try them and return the ones they don't love. Tell him Lynn sent you.
    Lynn Fuston
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    I'm suprised you think a 4050 is "thin." It's probably one of the warmer vocal mics I go for in my closet - next to some tube mics. Nice and flat without all that artificial "air." Good luck. Other than what's been mentioned I don't know what to tell you other than an M149 or something, but that's out of your price range.

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    Well I grabbed a Soundelux U195 today and it's a cool mic. When I first fired it up it sounded a bit wierd, kind of glossy but I messed with the three switches on the back and found a good combo -10 Left, FAT Right, LOWCut Right - changing the switches brought back the timbre in my voice. I also did a low cut on the pre and in protools. I'm finding out that low end takes away the character of my voice.
    We used it on a girl and it sounded good. I had a U99 on loan which was not that good for my voice (again very glossy without the throaty sound I need) but was amazing on this girl today, kinda Toni Braxtonish. I'm gonna stick with the U195 but I'm going to probably get the Korby as my main vocal mic. Listening to all these mics over the past few weeks, IMHO nothing touched the Korby for tone. And I'm kind of a tone freak. The Korby is the Full Monty!!! Thanks for all your help this week on this message board.
    James Lugo,
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    Los Angeles, CA 90028
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