Tommy Vicari Relies on Neumann Mics

Jul 24, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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Grammy and multi-Emmy Award-winning recording and mixing engineer Tommy Vicari reported that the Neumann M 149 is among the most used on his sessions, which have recently included recording and mixing several feature film and cable television projects with scoring engineer Armin Steiner.

"I frequently use the Neumann M 149 for vocals, various instruments and room sounds," said Vicari. "The M 149 is one of the best mics made in a long time. It sounds great and it has a lot of gain. I really enjoy it." Recent scoring collaborations with Steiner have included Disney/Pixar's animated feature, Finding Nemo and the upcoming Angels in America for HBO. Vicari also used Neumann mics for recording the main title for the HBO series, Six Feet Under.

Vicari has been using the M 149 large-diaphragm tube mic ever since its debut, recording a variety of singers. "It virtually works on every singer I've put it in front of. For instance, on projects for the Disney theme parks, when I am faced with a wide variety of vocals, from baritones to sopranos, this microphone seems to work on everyone. In a perfect world, when recording a vocalist, you can put up several mics, experiment and pick the best one. But in most of my recording sessions, there is no room or time for experimentation. However, during a scoring session, I will set up an array of microphones on different instruments so that the musicians can immediately move from one instrument to another."

In addition to the M 149, he said, "I use the Neumann U 67 for percussion and piano. I also use the TLM 170 on woodwinds and vibes. On recent big-band recordings for Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and Sammy Nestico's This Is the Moment, I used vintage U 67s on saxophones."

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