Which Vocal Microphone Shall I Use Today/Tonight?

The Lead Vocal is the most important track, most of the time, in most sound recordings.  How do we deal with microphone selection?

Easy, spend about 10 or so years trying different microphones, on different singers, with different placements, in different rooms, and you eventually start to figure out the best voice/microphone pairings.

Or…you can spend some time listening critically to Bradford Swanson’s impressive attempt to lock down most of the variables, and give us the chance to evaluate the major contribution of microphone selection.  You’ll see info on most of these microphones here.  This is what happens when you turn a talented Sound Recording Technology Graduate Student loose in a great room with a lot of gear.

This is recommended reading and listening.