Inexpensive lofi mic for garage rock vocals

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Re: Inexpensive lofi mic for garage rock vocals

Post by jorri » Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:54 pm

For a garage rock sound I'd recommend going through a guitar amp, such as ac30. Numerous plugins can get there too but more important than mics that produce a lofi sound. Unless you can tap an old telephone or find a vintage cheapo hifi (as in plugs into stereo system) mic (by searching vintage mic on eBay and sorting by lowest price there is a TON of cheap old tat, even a few ribbons and special use stuff - but watch for it having a usable connector not DIN)

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Re: Inexpensive lofi mic for garage rock vocals

Post by somanytoys » Wed Apr 29, 2020 3:16 pm

Great suggestions.


Just my opinion, but it seems like it would be more practical overall to buy a decent mic and mod the sound however you care to do it, than to get a mic that only does one thing.

Unless it’s a really cheap one, then who cares, you‘ll still have money left over to buy a better mic for other uses...
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Re: Inexpensive lofi mic for garage rock vocals

Post by ElephantDNA » Thu May 07, 2020 11:22 am

I also endorse an SM57 or 58 with some processing. I would just try and run it through some distortion pedals or something to give it the gain. My band is going for a similar type of sound and I think I'm going to start by putting the vocals (using 57) through my orange micro dark head and crank the gain as far as I can without clipping. I think that will probably get it done. If it isn't doing it for me, I think my next option will be to run it through a ZVEX distortron.

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Re: Inexpensive lofi mic for garage rock vocals

Post by øøøøøøø » Wed May 13, 2020 5:34 am

If looking for a low-fidelity and distorted sound, I see no reason to not use what you already have and just figure out how to make it do what you need.

Lo-fi and distorted can be a complex objective, but it's not usually an expensive one.

Just try blowing out various parts of your chain... overload the mic preamp. Overload the recorder (even if it's a digital recorder; see what it sounds like). Use a plugin that simulates overloading something else. Cascade one mic preamp into another. Try a guitar amp, as others have mentioned. Try a guitar distortion pedal (both of the above would require an impedance matching device... or hell, skip that, use an adapter cable, and see what you get). Run it through a cheap practice space PA and mic the PA. Distort the ever loving shit out of that PA, if you want.

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Re: Inexpensive lofi mic for garage rock vocals

Post by bah humbuck » Tue Jun 09, 2020 10:34 am

I would look into the electret condenser microphones made by Sony and Realistic (Radioshack). They were supplied with cassette recorders, in the box, and often can be had for under $20 on fleabay. Check out this thread on Tapeheads.net - Tape Recorder Microphones

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Re: Inexpensive lofi mic for garage rock vocals

Post by sholkham » Thu Jun 11, 2020 6:25 am

A crystal piezo disc glued to bottom of a tin can and wired to a 1/4 jack is an easy DIY solution, gives the hi and low cut effect.

Inpost processing putting odd eq spikes in the midrange can give you some cool effects too.
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Re: Inexpensive lofi mic for garage rock vocals

Post by Mighty_Zoltan » Fri Jul 24, 2020 12:44 am

Shure green bullet if you want a lo-fi distorted vocal

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