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Old August 19th, 2003, 12:37 AM   #1
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mic for throaty,gravel voice

What mic would give the most detail to a breathy, gravel voice. the man has emphasyma and is on oxygen. Most of the narration will be in his voice.
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Old August 19th, 2003, 12:58 AM   #2
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Condenser mics have a good high frequency response. You can also try to statically boost high frequencies with an equalizer, parametric or high shelf. A compressor may help keep the breathiness at a consistent level by boosting any low-level breathy signals. If you're into synthesizing upper harmonics, try a distortion unit or Aphex Aural Exciter. They may add an artificially rough quality to the voice, but often, this sounds cool.
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Old August 19th, 2003, 08:43 AM   #3
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Hi Bryan,

there is really no way to know what mic will work best on any given individual
until you actually try it out.

From my experience, there is nothing like having a nice mic box with lots
of choices and the time to choose.

The best mic for the money imo is the Neumann TLM103. A high quality
large capsule condenser that is the quietest microphone Neumann makes.
Very good for voice over work and acoustic instruments.
No bells or whistles, but you can get a TLM103 for as little as $600 on Ebay.
You can't really go wrong with the TLM103.

I am not sure if you really want all the hissing and breath sucking to come out
crystal clear. A better choice for this narrator might be a dynamic like
the Sennheiser 441. Hypercardioid pickup pattern with bass roll off for voice.
A nice smooth sound. Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac's favorite mic.

You could also hook up a lav mic and see what that sounds like.
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Old August 19th, 2003, 09:20 AM   #4
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No i don't want the labored breathing to come out on top, it would sound far too much like Darth Vader. I had just thought that a harsh mic on a harsh voice might not seem good.

Was this Stevie's choice before or after she had the surgury?
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