GBall wrote: ↑Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:11 amThere is a guy in Canada who used to design mics for Ocean Way, and opened his own mic business - Advanced Audio Microphones at. https://advancedaudio.ca. 45 years experience, family business, some of the nicest people I've ever spoken to.
He sells a CM47FET, which is basically in terms of brightness between the original Neuman U47FET and the U87. Specifically its a U87 mic design and circuitry married to a U47 FET capsule. Its just under $300 and I took a chance because I agreed with him that the U87 can sound over-bright on a lot of sources. (He sells a U87 too) I'm only guessing, but that brightness or brittleness is what most people seem to mean when they say something like you did about fighting condensers. Anyway, I would describe it as a U87 with a little more polish, and I've grown quite fond of it the last couple of years for female vocals.
I think it might be closer to the sound you're thinking of an SM7 but not as dead sounding - which is how I often feel about vocals done on dynamic mics. The CM47FET is multi-pattern, so you CAN use it cardioid and close like you're suggesting, but that's not what I personally do. Put that sucker on Omni, run a long cord out to your living room or wherever and try it. Bet you will find like I did that there's a place with not too much room color, where the sound can breathe, has dimension and more life. I have, I dunno, 15 or so mics? Nothing real expensive - I'm just saying that I don't love it because its the only one I have. I'm saying that we try a few, give the vocalist her choice and this one wins a lot.
Keep or Sweep as you wish.
Been aware of these guys for a long time. My brother lived in Penticton and told me about them a few years back. I have most all the Neumanns in my studio but I am interested to see how they match up. Have you tried any of the tube models?
As for the untreated room. In a simple opinion kind of way...."treat the room" Just put the mic where there is a furniture blanket or something behind you. It doesn't have to be analyzed. It will certainly help any mic. In fact the better mics will pick up the room more even in cardiod mode. The little portable isolators help but I find you even need to blanket the top as ceiling relflections hit the mic. Just try a few thick blankets.