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    Need a microphone for my voice-type.

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    Hey - I'm new here. I wanted to ask for advice about which type of microphone I should get for my vocals - I tend to lay it on pretty thick, if you know what I mean.

    I plan on only really recording at home. I have a condenser at the moment, but there are problems with loudness for me. I think I may need a microphone with a greater decibel tolerance or something?

    Can I link a dropbox address to a .wav here, so that people can glean what I mean by 'lay it on pretty thick'?

    I don't want to buy another microphone that isn't going to be suitable - I'm currently using a Samson C03 (XLR) with a Focusrite Clarett 2Pre on Windows 10.

    Thank you very much for reading this. 🙌

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    You need to be more specific than "problem with loudness" in order for anyone to suggest anything useful.
    Rick Ruskin
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    I'm not so sure how to word my problem, thank you very much. I get clipping whenever I power up my vocals, and I need a microphone that has greater tolerance for that sort of thing. Sure, I could stand far away and sing but then none of my softer vocals are picked up very well.

    Thank you for your encouraging reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by conservativerk View Post
    I'm not so sure how to word my problem, thank you very much. I get clipping whenever I power up my vocals, and I need a microphone that has greater tolerance for that sort of thing. Sure, I could stand far away and sing but then none of my softer vocals are picked up very well.

    Thank you for your encouraging reply.
    How hot are you recording?
    Rick Ruskin
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    In close for soft parts, back off when louder. Watch some live singers on Youtube 'work the mic'.

    'The Art Of Working The Microphone (Or How To Record Vocals Without Compression)'

    Read the paragraph.....
    'Learn To Play The Microphone'
    The Art Of Working The Microphone (Or How To Record Vocals Without Compression) - Recording Revolution
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    I seriously doubt that you are overdriving the microphone. According to their specs, the Samson C03 has a max SPL of 142dB. I don't know of any singers who do that volume level (unless you're recording a jackhammer or jet engine). 130dB is actually painful.

    If the signal is clipping in your software, then the obvious answer is to engage the 10dB pad, and then turn down input on the preamp. If you're using the mic without a pop filter, you could be getting air blasts. Get a good pop filter and back off the mic. Unless you're singing at less than a whisper, the the mic should be able to handle anything you put at it.

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