The Compact is in interesting creation and as it was with the Classic, and the Model II with T1®, it is a reason to go and revisit old ideas.
In my case, this was to think about vocal microphones. I was looking for a simple dynamic microphone - something easy.
If you get the L1® Compact Accessory Pack it includes an Audix OM3 microphone.
I don't have one of those here so I went through my dynamic microphones to see what might work.
I was surprised to find that an old EV N/D 408 works really well.
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I am not recommending that you go out of your way to find one of these microphones. It has been replaced by the EV N/D 468 A. AND - this is not a vocal microphone. It is often used on a snare drum. But with the Compact it sounds good anyway. So if you have one kicking around give it a shot.
It is a supercardioid dynamic microphone. It is a little prone to plosive pops, but if you get right up on the windscreen that all disappears. Then, when you are right on top of it, this microphone sounds huge. It has a big proximity effect so I rolled off some of the bass.
I have to keep the Compact Channel 1 volume below 12:00 o'clock or else the vocal completely overpowers the Guitar in Channel 2.
What microphones have you tried and liked with your Compact?
Here are some notes about the microphone in case you are interested.
EV N/D 408
Instrument Microphone N/D 408A
The Electro-Voice N/D408A is a supercardioid dynamic microphone utilizing a revolutionary neodymium alloy to form the EV-exclusive N/DYM magnet with four times the power potention of conventional microphone magnets. With a computer-optimized design, the N/DYM magnetic strucuture is maximized in the N/D408A to provide 6 dB more output sensitivity over conventional designs while the more uniform magnetic field lowers distortion during peak sound pressure levels.
The large diaphram contains 50 percent more surface area than conventional designs and is reinforced to prevent "breakup." The result is an extended high-frequency response with an open, transparent sound quality.
The exceptional sensitivity of the N/D408A combined with the inherently low noise of a dynamic transducer insures a superior signal-to-noise ratio ready for digital recording and sampling. To further reduce noise, a highly effective hum-bucking coil is used to cancel hum from lighting and other sources.
N/DYM Series II microphones feature DynaDamp, and Advanced vibration-isolation material. DynaDamp is a unique foamed elastomer, specifically formulated for vibration control. DynaDamp forms and advanced-technology vibration-isolation system which dramatically reduces all forms of vibration transmitted noise for the most demanding situations.
The N/DYM Series II pop filter incorporated a special molded retainer which insures optimum placement of the Acoustiform filter material, for maximum rejection of both wind noise and vocal P-pops. The retainer makes the pop filter an integral part of the microphone's removable upper grille assembly, allowing easy cleaning for continuted top performance.
The uniform supercardioid polar pattern of the N/D408A insures superior gain-before-feedback in live applications and better isolation in the studio-at all frequencies-comparied with other directional microphones with widely varying polar characteristics.
The N/D408A represents a radical departure from conventional instrument microphone designs. The unique pivoting yoke configuration allows maximum flexibility in positioning the microphone near a sound source.
The low frequency response of the N/D408A can be extended by positioning the microphone closer to the sound source as documented in the specification section. This proximity effect occurs when the microphone is placed within 12 inches of the sound source and increases as the working distance is reduced. The low frequency response is tailored to provide bass boost without the "boominess" of many directional microphones. Thus, closer working distances can be used with N/D408A to reduce the risk of sound system feedback (ringing) while preserving instrument tonality.
The dynamic element of the N/D408A will provide reliable operation in humidity and temperature extremes-adverse conditions that would render condenser microphones useless. For years of trouble free operation "on the road," the N/D408A utilizes an all metal core construction, from the hardened windscreen to the yoke mounting system.
N/D 408A Specifications
Polar Pattern: Equivalent Output Noise
Supercardioid 14 dB (0 dB=0.0002 dyne/cm)
Frequency reponse: Impedance
Close: 30...22000 Hz; Far: 60..22000 Hz 150 ohms balanced
Open circuit output level Microphone Dimentions:
3.1 mV/Pa at 1000 Hz 4.55 x 2.8 5x 2.75 inches
Power Sensitivity Weight:
-51 dB (0 dB=1mW/10 dynes/cm) 6.7 ounces190g
Really big bottom on this guy.
I just remembered that the Crown CM311 headworn microphone belt-pack is self-powered.
This microphone sounds great through the Compact.
Thanks again Pete!
So you use *all of the above* with the Compact?
Well, I also have used my Beyerdynamic M 88
It's a hypercardioid dynamic microphone. I find it works really well with the T1® or Model I with the appropriate ToneMatch® Preset. It is a little bottomy for me with the Compact unless I back off to about 2-3". This is hard for me to do when I have worked at getting used to working closer.
This is a fabulous microphone for female vocals on the Compact though.This message has been edited. Last edited by: ST,
Here's another microphone you just wouldn't expect to work.
A Sony C48 - an oldie, long discontinued. It is a large diaphragm condenser microphone that can run off an internal 9 volt battery or phantom power. Since it can run without phantom power I tried it over several days.
If I put the Compact slightly ahead of me, and I set the polar pattern to Cardioid or bidirectional (figure 8), it sounds terrific.
This microphone is NOT intended for close-microphone technique so gain before feedback is an issue. It is intended for recording rather than live sound so it will feedback if I get the volume too high. I think it would be fine in quiet concert situation up to perhaps 1000 square feet (40 x 25). I've run it in a space larger than this, but I think this is a reasonable and conservative estimate.
This microphone has a really sweet retro vibe to it. Lots of fun.
Here are the specificatinos.
*Exactly* what I was thinking! In the right venue, with the right kind of music, it would have a visual appeal, also!
Can we also mention if the mic you're using/testing is without a T1: using the built-in Tonematch on the Compact.
I always used a Neumann KMS 105 with my L1 Classic, but its a condenser. Just wondering what works best straight into the Compact (for male vocal, high tenor)
Thinking perhaps a Shure 57, as ST mentions...
Sorry, I could have been clearer about that.
When I use the KMS 105 I use an in-line phantom power supply.
I am so accustomed to singing with this microphone - just in terms of how I work with it's tight polar pattern and slight proximity effect, that I don't mind that very little bother for me to use the phantom power supply.
Does that help?
I hear ya, ST. I am spoiled by the Neumann, so perhaps will continue using. I was just curious if anyone was getting "nearly as good" of results with a dynamic. Now, that would be sumpthin'.
I have tried several different dynamics, but have settled on the Audix OM5. I have found that I can make many different mics work for me as far as tone is concerned, but the hypercardioid mics offer the feedback rejection that gives me one less thing to be concerned about at gig time.
I think the fact that Bose offers the OM3 as a package with the Compact, should not go unnoticed by those who have questions about what mic to chose for use with the Compact.
Thanks, good tip. I think I'll try one of them. Then time to decide on that vs the Neumann + phantom power.
I just picked up an Audix OM2 and I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it worked with the Compact.
I use a Neumann KMS 105 and an Audix OM-5. The Neumann is really good but my high-baritone voice can get a little bassy with it. The Audix suits my vocals better in some ways. Like 'em both. It's like your kids...you can't pick one over the other!This message has been edited. Last edited by: captbanjo,
could you please detail how you connect the CM311A with the L1?
Thank you for joining the Forum.
Using a standard XLR-XLR microphone cable I run from the CM-311A belt-pack to Compact channel 1.
Does this answer your question?
THANKYOU! for your very clear reply.
i am checking out options for microphones as i would like to buy the Compact but i am new at all this so kindly help:
i like the CM311A for it's noise cancellation feature, but i find it bulky and am not so happy with the color. can you recommend a similar mic which is sleeker, lighter and also available in skin tone color ?
Also what do you think of the sennheiser HSP4 ? would it be matched with the Compact ?
You are welcome.
I looked at the Sennheiser HSP4 and at a glance it seems only slightly less visually obtrusive than the Crown CM-311A. My guess is that it would feel very similar (bulky?).
As for the appearance, (colour, bulkiness) I think that how much this matters depends a great deal on the distance the performer/talker/singer is from the audience, and the nature of the performance.
So here are some questions for you:
What kind of performances are you doing? Please describe the types of events where you would be using the Compact with a head worn microphone.
How far is the performer from the audience? What is s/he doing? (walking around, standing at a podium, dancing?)
How far is the performer going to be from the Compact (in feet or metres).
What will the audience be doing during the performance (listening intently, talking to each other, ... ?)
No matter what the application is, you would probably be well served by getting a directional microphone: (super cardioid, hyper cardioid, or cardioid).
Thanks! for your reply.
i feel that the Sennheiser HSP4 is sleeker and weighs ten times less but besides that, i still haven't understood if it is technically compatible with the Compact.
FYI the Compact would be used for performance (acoustic gui/voc) in intimate sized venues with the performer sitting and the audience listening intently. the stage areas are small so the performer would be about four feet or so from the Compact. more important is the need to amplify the very subtle qualities of the singer's voice hence the interest in a head worn differoid microphone.
i have checked out hand held mic options also and find good reviews of the AudixOM7. what is your opinion ?
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