Player's Dream Rig AMS Sales Specialist - Aren Fry | Dream Mic Locker
Aren has been doing live sound over 10 years, regularly working a room that holds 600 people and houses a full Electro Voice Sound System. He’s mixed acts of all sorts and sizes from small solo artists, full rock bands, string ensembles, choirs, world music performers and large 32+ channel pop concerts. Aren has been utilizing a home recording/mobile studio setup for a little over 8 years, and loves the fact that audio engineering, recording and mixing sound combines two of his favorite things, art & science!
The idea behind this mic locker was to provide a setup that is at home both live and in the studio. I picked a couple key pieces that would add value to any microphone collection, whether you work in the studio or live.
Neumann KM 184 Instrument Condenser Microphone
Hands down one of my favorite microphones, if I could I would buy five matched pairs. They sound great on almost anything whether it’s on stage or in the studio. The Neumann SKM184 delivers an amazingly natural response and works well on any acoustic sound that doesn’t rely too heavily on low frequencies for its character. I’ve used these as overheads, on snare drums, guitar amps, acoustic guitars, other acoustic stringed instruments, chimes, piano, and all sorts of percussion. Anytime I’d like to capture an instrument the way it’s supposed to sound, I grab a SKM184.
Sennheiser e904 Dynamic Drum Microphone
Sennheiser’s e904 is a great percussion mic, it captures all the attack without sounding thin or flat. They have plenty of body but don’t sound muddy. This is my go-to mic for rack toms and floor toms, they work well on congas, bongos, djembes, and tablas as well. They also sound great flat, meaning it’s going to take you less time to get those drums to “pop” just how you like ‘em.
Audix D6B Large Diaphragm Cardioid Dynamic Kick Drum Microphone Black
This is one of the best kick drum microphones available. The Audix D6B is a large diaphragm cardioid mic specifically tuned for the kick drum, providing plenty of body and all the attack you need. This mic is suited well for either stage or studio use, and works well on its own or when paired with a boundary mic. It sounds great on kick drums, bass amps, djembe, small frame drums, and even tubas and sousaphones.
Neumann TLM103 Large Diaphragm Cardioid Condensor Microphone
The TLM 103 is a jack of all trades. I’ve used this mic for drum overheads, horns, vocals, guitar, violins, percussion, you name it. It has a great warm natural sound to it that picks up all the timbre and voice of an instrument while still supplying ample low end response. I’ve used these in the studio and on stage, they really can do just about anything. Grab a pair of these for some sweet mid-side micing!
Neumann KMS 105 or 104 Handheld Vocal Condenser Microphone
The loudest vocal mics I’ve ever used. If you need to hear the singer, which in most cases you do, use a KMS104 or 105. These mics will let you really crank the gain on that lead vocal. Pick your preference. The 104 is a cardioid pattern similar to the sm58, and the 105 has a supercardioid pattern – meaning the 105 is more directional, therefore you’ll get more out of the singer and less stage noise, however the singer will have to stay much closer to the mic than with the 104. If you want crisp, clean, clear, and warm vocals use the KMS 104 or 105.
Shure SM7B Dynamic Vocal Microphone
This microphone is a standard in any mic locker. Don’t be fooled by the price, this mic can give many microphones three to four times the price a run for their money. This is a dynamic mic, so you will need a nice preamp that can give you at least 60db of clean gain. The SM7B has a cardioid pattern making it a great choice for recording in untreated environments (such as a home studios, church chapels, bedrooms, etc…) and acoustically treated environments as well. The Shure SM7B is great for capturing vocals for either music or broadcast, and has a similar quality to a large diaphragm condenser without the need for a perfectly quiet space to record in. This microphone has proven time and time again you don’t need the most expensive mic to get a “pro quality” sound. If you still aren’t completely sold I’ll leave you with this bit of history, the Shure SM7 is the same microphone used to record Michael Jackson’s vocals on the #1 selling album of all time, “Thriller.”
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