yeah your right, vocal in music is what Im thinking about, most articles in general, seems its pretty clean and you get a best clarity with a good choice mic and preamp…the compression isn’t needed today like WW2, as it was invented for…but sure as a distortion fx squash Pop rock Rap song anything goes,
as for the classic studios, vocals were done the same for radio jingles or music…EMI…U47, U67 into a tube console…huge room… compression or eq ? not much as I understand it.
transformers were in there too during the tube days, and they have that compression fx going from primary to secondary, highs with less energy are tones down… beautiful sounding recordings.
like the “cheap chineese mics” in that article, then you read old designers who knew…like Ted Fletcher of the early JoeMeek stuff, he knew the transformers would take some of the sizzling chineese mics hi’s down…it was intentional for the new LDC mis-matched capsules Joly speaks of…so all the earliest Meek stuff had the Xformers, and the stuff he made was for a voice channel using good parts, …then it all became a business issue “cheap outsourced crap for profit” and he got out , as I understand it. the new joemeek are like my interface preamps pretty blah, but are fine. Daking, Great River, transformers… they know.
it all makes sense to get a microphone that matches the preamp best, instead of using EQ to try to fix it later…on VO or Music…right?
and if Eq is defended, then which EQ a SSL, or what… another bag of worms to deal with. Pultec comes to mind because all the old stuff sounds so good… lol
VO… kind of Home Recording related.
Film & Movies would be something else, never read about that, weird environments hanging up above…thats another world in audio. Like classicals and opera recordings.
I go to about one a month in the theatres and being a sound dude, you can hear the mistakes of the audio when the voice of an actor is out of reach and muffled or dropped out.
good mic and good preamp… keep it simple makes more sense…especially with VO.
this is from a technical point of view, sure some people with a lot of skills like Frank Sinatra could make a cheap mic sound fantastic, and Beatles I Am The Walrus was done with a distorted cheapo mic…
what exactly are you doing with the VO and Films?
are you mixing or recording off site somewhere?