Submitted June 16, 2012 by Lola Tatlyan in Los Angeles, CA
"Neumann VS. Shure VS. Sennheiser. side by side vocal test before I bought it."
To start with, and don't get me wrong: we are going to talk about the superior microphones by all definitions. The question is which one suits better my vocals. I am a female vocalist and a composer/producer, so having great ears for me is crucial. I wanted to find THE MIC,the one and only for live stage performances. And since I am already spoiled with great quality mics via having my own studio, I knew it would not be easy.Having read everything about the mics in question,talking to everyone I found, I finally pre-ordered all three from a Sam Ash store to conduct my test before taking one of them home. And the winner is.......Neumann KMS 105...Hand-held condenser microphone designed for the use on stage...It is like having to sing into a studio micrphone,which you put on stage..However, this one is built to withstand the demands of a stage. And yes, it is harder to sing in it, as this micrphone is non-forgiving at all. But...What a beauty...Depth,warmth, details, air,space...I am in love with it...I already have Neumann in my studio,but can't sing into it on stage,while with this one I can do both recordings and live-performances. I tested all three side by side through the same vocal monitor by Behringer.All three are hand held condensers,top line,high end,premium quality microphones.. Shure KSM 9 was muddy and dull for me. Sennheiser e965 is a great mic by all definitions, no wonder it is used in American idol show. As for its sound,it is bright,oh yes, but there is no space. It is like it is not filling up the whole space,but it is an amazing sounding mic! And then,there is Neumann...Tested side by side,there is a difference,obvious difference. Three ppl in the room unanimously said the same thing.( for those who stand by dinamic mics I will say I have one by Shure and....I prefer condensers) So tonight I surrendered to Germans....ahahahaa.Neumann is made in Germany,put together in Germany and all that. I am in love with this baby and getting in-ear PA monitoring will give me most control along with my own mxer and processor. After everything is done, I should feel totally safe and can rely on the equipment even if there is no sound guy. The best thing about Neumann - you practically don't need to do anything about it, it already sounds amazing. And with the reliable equipement I should feel all the joy from live performance and have all the fun and deliver my best to my audience.Alliluya as they say....!!!!!!!!
since 5 y.o. professional, classically trained,own a recording studio.
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