i thought it'd be fun to put up three (very) rough mixes of songs featuring a vocalist with whom i work quite a bit. i'm always changing up mics, pre's and compression -- it's one way of testing new gear -- but i'm going to post mp3's that use different mics. in each song, the pre is the same (phoenix drs-1). a reissued 1176 "compressor" was used on most vocals, though an empirical labs distressor was used during mixdown for one of them. please know that this is in no way approaching a valid scientific test. the songs are different, the performances are different, they were recorded at different times, the rough mixes had different amounts of effort put into them, et. al. All will have or have had further work done on the music. i.e. these aren't finished pieces. that said, i think the vocal performances do reveal some qualities of the mics used. these are all sub-$1000 mics. so without further ado and in no particular order: these songs have music done by other producers (mashup guys), i was merely the vocal engineer (i did dock up the roughs, though, as my interpretation of how the vocals should be mixed): 1. Solsbury 2. Supergrass this song is an original by my band: 3. Mixtape anyone have any thoughts on how well the mics worked or didn't work in each song?