We take a look at the University of the Pacific’s efforts to find a signature vocal mic for the campus recording studio. What they learned might help you choose your next great studio mic.
Most musicians have a favourite instrument they rely on whenever they step on stage to perform. Eric Clapton and Bonnie Raitt prefer a Fender Strat, while B.B. King relied on his Gibson ES-355 semi-hollow. Every instrument has distinctive tonal qualities that enables an artist to achieve the exact sound and feel he or she is looking for.
The same is true for microphones. Each has its own sound characteristics, and it’s useful for vocalists and sound engineers to be aware of which microphones best complement a performer’s tonality and singing style.