this is my first time partaking of the forum. Please welcome the new guy aboard, won't you?
As a member of an acoustic trio, playing small venues, we manage our own basic sound system from the stage. We do this without compression or other dynamic control processor's and have a mic eating_lead vocalist in our band who is beyond learning mic technique. For this reason I've been looking into a plug and go mic that will basically be the most forgiving on plosives, proximity effect and siblance.
The EV RE20 became my first potential candidate as it's seen on every T.V. channel, pressed close to the speakers lips as they whisper or yell, yet coming through clearly without the usual nasty side effects that come with that degree of mic / speaker intimacy.
In this forum I also learned enough of the SM 7 to think it a candidate as well. I'm quite partial to Shure's bullet proof road reputation that bears out with their mic's I've owned over the years with zero problems.
I read that the SM7 was a mic Bruce Sveden used on the Thriller video. Does anyone know for what purpose?
I know of others by Rode, Blue etc. that fall into this broadcast / voice over category as well and hoped another forumite could shed some more light on them for the target use of mine.
(Due to the less than favorable review of Neuman's model in the bang for the buck category I read a couple years back l never entered it in the candidate list.)
As well I'm an owner and user of the SENNHEISER MD 441U, and read in another thread that it could be considered a candidate for this use. The 441 wouldn't be my first choice for our vocalist as it doesn't seem to handle vocalist / mic intimacy without plosives well and lacks an on board low end roll off switch. Which leaves that chore to our less than adequate mixer channel EQ.
A no expense alternative I plan to try on our next gig will be to have a piggy backed pair of the standard BETA 58, SENNHEISER E855 that are already part of our stage mic cabinet, resembling the space shuttle being returned after a mission. They'll be staggered with the live mic the farthest and a placebo mic closer to the vocalist that he can be as intimate with as he wants with no negative effect on the live mic placed at a safer distance. As long as his vocal signal can get beyond the first placebo mic without detriment, I think it should work. Whether he'll go along with it upon discovery is still a concern for me.
I present this dilemma to you all in hopes of gaining from your combined experience in such matters.