The Vocalist Magazine SPRING 2013 ISSUE - Page 14

1 At A Glance: The Audix Fireball V is a live dynamic microphone that is targeted at beatboxers and harmonica players. It is designed with a small body in order to make it easier to hold than a traditional microphone – for performers who like to cup their hands over the mic. Its frequency response is specifically tailored to suit beat-boxing (and harmonicas) rather than lead vocals and it also features an easy to use volume controller on its body. A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The Fireball is probably a little too bass heavy to make it an ideal choice for live singing, however it could work okay for rapping and it can also be used on brass instruments or percussion. The microphone is highly regarded by many beatboxers as it offers a sound that is better suited to their vocal style than a traditional vocal mic designed for singing. If you are looking for a mic for beat-boxing, the Audix Fireball is definitly worth trying out. Manufacturers’ Website: http://www.audixusa.com Audix Fireball V, Beat-Boxing At A Glance: The Earthworks SR40V is a hand-held vocal condenser microphone that aims to offer the best performance on stage that money can buy. Its flat response produces a neutral sound so it can work well with all types of voices and it has a wide frequency range from 30Hz-40kHz so no detail is missed. The microphone produces a very accurate sound with fast transient response, meaning that it can be used both in the studio as well as on stage. It requires 48v phantom power and comes with a rugged plastic touring case. Recording Microphones 2 Earthworks SR40V Mic Blue Dragonfly Microphone At A Glance: The Dragonfly is a studio condenser microphone that manufacturers Blue say works particularly well for higher frequency instruments and is ideally suited for Alto and Soprano voices. It has a slightly bright and forward sound similar to other popular studio vocal microphones such as an AKG C12 or Neumann U47, combined with enhanced lows to add warmth to any source. The microphone has a cardioid pickup pattern and is powered by +48v phantom power. A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The Dragonfly is a great sounding mic at a competitive price; however its frequency response is far from flat and will not necessarily suit all instruments and voices. As well as being a good choice for recording vocals, it can also work well on a range of other sources including strings, highfrequency percussion such as cymbals and both electric and acoustic guitars. Sonically the top frequencies are on the bright side; however it still remains smooth and refrains from sounding harsh. Because the high and low frequencies are slightly boosted by the microphone, the midrange isn’t as forward as they are on some mics, so you probably would not want the Dragonfly to be your only microphone if you are recording lots of different instruments and voices. Overall, if you are looking for a mic with character then the Dragonfly is definitely worth auditioning. 1 A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: The Earthwo