Microphones

The Best Microphone For Vocals I Have Ever Used

This microphone just blew my mind. When I first heard about it 10 years ago it seemed like an over-hyped piece of equipment. Everybody was talking about it and that Dr. Dre and Mariah Carey and other famous artists back in the days were using the Sony C800 G. After hearing the recordings myself I decided to get one and try it out in the Studio. I was blown away!

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First try

In a first try I was amazed at the amount of clarity and richness of the sound. I also noticed that there are a lot of higher frequencies which didn’t sound unpleasant at all but were stronger than with other microphones which I had experienced. As with everything I needed to got accomodated to the new sound with a boost in the higher frequency range in the 7 – 10kHz range but what was a “new sound” to my ears turned out to be very great!

 

Sony C800 G Graph

Amazing Vocals with the Sony C800 G

When blending vocal stacks and groups of vocal tracks it turned out that these highs which sounded more present to me shined to their full potential. Background vocals sounded much full, wider and richer without the usual mudded and washed out sound effect that is taking place when mixing background vocals. The vocals just sitted so good in the mix with almost no editing. The amazing thing was that the background vocals did sound so clear, punchy, wide and not muddy at all. Of course the vocals have been processed afterwards but I was astonished by the out of the box performance of this microphone.

The famous “air” of the Sony C800 G

Having talked background vocals before another thing I noticed is the amazing “airy” sound of the Sony C800 G. While there where stacked around 16 vocal tracks for the background vocals the vocal group still had that “airy” sound. It probably is the reason why the microphone can sound so wide, open and full. In a nutshell the vocals just sitted perfect in the mix without much editing.

Lead Vocals

The microphone sounds great for lead vocals and guitar recordings aswell but I noticed that thin voices might not always benefit of the microphones wonder-capabilities. Fuller and deeper voices instantly benefit greatly from recording vocals with this mic. However, thiner vocals may sounded not instantly that amazing when playing them acapella but in the mix they sounded much superior compared to other microphones. So what I learned here was that the actual vocal take may sound thinner as you wish it to sound but it makes it blend so much better into the mix without a lot of equalizing.

Even though the Sony C800GPAC sounds very clear and open, the sound is still not harsh or too bright at all. The warm sounding vacuum tube enbables the microphone to record a true and accurate reproduction of the vocal qualities in your voice.

Summary

The Sony C800 G is one of the best micro<phones I have recorded with, if not even the best, as it makes especially vocals and guitars (but also many other instruments) sound so polished and professional out of the box. You can find many online sound examples and reviews and they have their own opinion and taste. This review is just an honest opinion.

Get the Sony C800 G here: http://amzn.to/2DROuji

9.4

Build Quality

10.0/10

Sound Quality

10.0/10

Supplies

10.0/10

Price

7.5/10

Pros

  • sound quality
  • stacking vocals
  • blends great when mixing
  • shiny and clear highs

Cons

  • bit too pricey
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2 Comments
  • Elias says:

    I really dig your pages layout! Wish I could afford the Sony yet! It’s a dream mic!!

    June 12, 2017 at 5:24 pm
  • Quentin says:

    This is definitely one of the best mics ever made!

    December 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm

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