In my case, this was to think about vocal microphones. I was looking for a simple dynamic microphone - something easy.
If you get the L1® Compact Accessory Pack it includes an Audix OM3 microphone.
I don't have one of those here so I went through my dynamic microphones to see what might work.
I was surprised to find that an old EV N/D 408 works really well.
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I am not recommending that you go out of your way to find one of these microphones. It has been replaced by the EV N/D 468 A. AND - this is not a vocal microphone. It is often used on a snare drum. But with the Compact it sounds good anyway. So if you have one kicking around give it a shot.
It is a supercardioid dynamic microphone. It is a little prone to plosive pops, but if you get right up on the windscreen that all disappears. Then, when you are right on top of it, this microphone sounds huge. It has a big proximity effect so I rolled off some of the bass.
I have to keep the Compact Channel 1 volume below 12:00 o'clock or else the vocal completely overpowers the Guitar in Channel 2.
What microphones have you tried and liked with your Compact?
Here are some notes about the microphone in case you are interested.
EV N/D 408
Instrument Microphone N/D 408A
The Electro-Voice N/D408A is a supercardioid dynamic microphone utilizing a revolutionary neodymium alloy to form the EV-exclusive N/DYM magnet with four times the power potention of conventional microphone magnets. With a computer-optimized design, the N/DYM magnetic strucuture is maximized in the N/D408A to provide 6 dB more output sensitivity over conventional designs while the more uniform magnetic field lowers distortion during peak sound pressure levels.
The large diaphram contains 50 percent more surface area than conventional designs and is reinforced to prevent "breakup." The result is an extended high-frequency response with an open, transparent sound quality.
The exceptional sensitivity of the N/D408A combined with the inherently low noise of a dynamic transducer insures a superior signal-to-noise ratio ready for digital recording and sampling. To further reduce noise, a highly effective hum-bucking coil is used to cancel hum from lighting and other sources.
N/DYM Series II microphones feature DynaDamp, and Advanced vibration-isolation material. DynaDamp is a unique foamed elastomer, specifically formulated for vibration control. DynaDamp forms and advanced-technology vibration-isolation system which dramatically reduces all forms of vibration transmitted noise for the most demanding situations.
The N/DYM Series II pop filter incorporated a special molded retainer which insures optimum placement of the Acoustiform filter material, for maximum rejection of both wind noise and vocal P-pops. The retainer makes the pop filter an integral part of the microphone's removable upper grille assembly, allowing easy cleaning for continuted top performance.
The uniform supercardioid polar pattern of the N/D408A insures superior gain-before-feedback in live applications and better isolation in the studio-at all frequencies-comparied with other directional microphones with widely varying polar characteristics.
The N/D408A represents a radical departure from conventional instrument microphone designs. The unique pivoting yoke configuration allows maximum flexibility in positioning the microphone near a sound source.
The low frequency response of the N/D408A can be extended by positioning the microphone closer to the sound source as documented in the specification section. This proximity effect occurs when the microphone is placed within 12 inches of the sound source and increases as the working distance is reduced. The low frequency response is tailored to provide bass boost without the "boominess" of many directional microphones. Thus, closer working distances can be used with N/D408A to reduce the risk of sound system feedback (ringing) while preserving instrument tonality.
The dynamic element of the N/D408A will provide reliable operation in humidity and temperature extremes-adverse conditions that would render condenser microphones useless. For years of trouble free operation "on the road," the N/D408A utilizes an all metal core construction, from the hardened windscreen to the yoke mounting system.
N/D 408A Specifications
Polar Pattern: Equivalent Output Noise
Supercardioid 14 dB (0 dB=0.0002 dyne/cm)
Frequency reponse: Impedance
Close: 30...22000 Hz; Far: 60..22000 Hz 150 ohms balanced
Open circuit output level Microphone Dimentions:
3.1 mV/Pa at 1000 Hz 4.55 x 2.8 5x 2.75 inches
Power Sensitivity Weight:
-51 dB (0 dB=1mW/10 dynes/cm) 6.7 ounces190g
Really big bottom on this guy.