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Selecting a vocal mic. (PV-I?)

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by CrawlingEye, Jun 18, 2003.


  1. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I do back-up vocals in songs for my band, I'm a fan of Peavey's equipment, so I'm considering the PV-I. I'm curious of if this is a wise decision or not. Please, keep it with discussion on this microphone, not new suggestions. :)

    Ideally, I just need something that beats what I'm using now (a radio-shack mic) and is durable.


    I'm about a day away from ordering the PV-I from my local Peavey dealer but am curious of if this is a wise decision.
     
  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Well, it's a bad decision, but since you don't want us to talk about anything but that mic, I can't tell you what you really want. Sounds like your mind's made up.
     
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Oh, hell with it. I was born to break the rules. Depending on your budget, you'd at least want to get the microphone used by professionals on stage more than all other microphones combined: the venerable Shure SM-58 (less than $100 pretty much anywhere). It is bullet-proof and has the definitive sound for a stage mic. If you'd like a little more response in the treble end, while maintaining the characteristic Shure presence rise, spend another $30 or $40 and treat yourself to a Shure Beta 58A. Very nice sounding for a dynamic mic.

    OK, you've got, say, $250? Try the Shure Beta 87A (hypercardiod) or Beta 87C (cardioid) condenser mics. Fantastic frequency response and fabulous sound. (Call Rik's Music on these ... I think they're at about $219).

    Tax refund bigger than you thought? OK. What you really, really, REALLY want is the Neumann KMS-105. Reputedly the best hand-held mic made. The discount price new is about $500, but used ones pop up now and then in the $300 to $350 range.

    So there you have it. I am so, so, SO sorry for telling you what you didn't want to hear. But why Peavey? I don't know exactly what they're famous for, but it sure ain't their microphones.
     
  4. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I'm 17, munji. $100-$250 isn't much of an option. The reason I'm considering the Peavey is because I know their equipment is reliable as hell and it's $59.99. I just need something to project my voice fairly well, no need for anything top of the line. There's always room for replacing too, later on.

    Edit: Just so you know, I made the comment in regards to the 'keeping it on topic' because I don't care to hear the whole Peavey stereotype thing get put into place, I'd rather have personal opinions.

    :bassist:
     
  5. billys73

    billys73

    Apr 25, 2003
    I bought some "Samson" mics at Sam Ash that look and sound like Shure SM 58's. They just look like they came out of the same factory, and are the "house" brand. -----Disclaimer: It LOOKs that way--I don't know if it's true.

    Anyway, I've uses SM 58's for years and I couldn't tell the difference with these mics. I forget what I paid; but it was a bargain.
     
  6. Mandobass

    Mandobass

    Nov 12, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    in a local classified ad someone was selling his PV-I mic WITH a mic cable for 20 bucks. i've never been able to A/B it with a shure, but i'm pretty certain it's a copy of the sm58.

    if you're willing to spend the 59.99 retail for the PV-I, then save up 10-15 more bucks and find a used shure sm58 on ebay. i mean, why not?


    needless to say, it's a great mic for the money(~20 bucks).

    well, then again, any mic and cable for 20 bucks is prolly a great mic for the money, so go figure.
     
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Peavey it is.
     
  8. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Thanks. I will be singing for it, however I just do backup. at the moment, our PA consists of my spare components parts, which consist of a Peavey 115BXBW and a '71 Music Man tube head (100w).

    We should have a PA soon but I think the Peavey should suffice until then.

    And for those who suggested the SM58, I was looking into it, but the only one on ebay right now has a huge dent in the side and is still more than I can spend.
     
  9. SM-57 works too.
     
  10. Stu L.

    Stu L. Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2001
    Corsicana, Texas
    Hey Crawling, if ou haven't already ordered it, you might consider a Shure PG series. I like PV's higher mics (PVM22, Studio Pro M2, etc) and have never tried the PVI, but I do like a PG58. Just my 2 cents...
     
  11. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Or perhaps an SM-48.
     
  12. Another microphone worth considering is the AKG D880. It's similar to the Beta 58, but with more fullness in the low end. I prefer it to both the Shure SM58 and Beta 58.

    The D880 should be available for less than $100, and will likely sound better than the Peavey.
     
  13. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    ie: Please speak from personal preference with this mic, not assumed preference based on the brand name.

    I've ordered the mic 2 days ago, it should be here sometime this week. I'll give my opinion soon after I receive it.
     
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Listen guys: He wants to buy a Peavey mic. He doesn't want to hear about the multitude of brands that make better mics. He just wants a Peavey, whether it sucks or not. Don't tell him about any better mics. He likes to live with risk ... the risk of buying a brand of mic you've never seen on stage at a professional show or on TV. So just shut up.
     
  15. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    munji, you're such a realist... That's why I like you.:D :rolleyes:
     
  16. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I guess it goes to prove, you'll never change.
    Eden and nothing else. It seems you're the same way with mic's. You don't know the difference between subjective and objective.

    I'm not saying the Peavey's the greatest mic, as it's not even the top of their line. I'm saying as long as it's clear and durable, I'll take it.

    Peavey's known for durable equipment, just the same, it seems to be a solid performer, from what I've read of it. If you can't give me a personal opinion on the mic, then stop trying to engage in a pissing contest. :rolleyes:
     
  17. Regarding the Peavey mic:

    I have heard a number of the Peavey handheld microphones, and they were all okay sounding. Not sure if I've tried the PVi. For rehearsals I'm sure that the PVi will be just fine.

    I recommended the AKG D880 because I know that it has excellent gain before feedback and sounds better than any of the Peavey mics that I've tried _and_ it is also reasonably priced and within reach of those with a "Peavey budget".

    If you are set on Peavey, that it your prerogative. After you have used it for a while, and used better mics as well, you will hear its limitations.
     
  18. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Thanks. I'd have gone with the AKG if it were a bit cheaper, but right now, I could afford 2 of the PV-I's for the price of the AKG.

    AKG D 880

    PV-I

    Maybe once we get the PA I'll upgrade. :)

    Thanks, 12bass.
     
  19. Mandobass

    Mandobass

    Nov 12, 2002
    Raleigh, NC
    hate to burst your bubble, but there's buy one get one free on those D 880s on ebay.

    2 for 100 beans. not a bad deal at all.
     
  20. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    No bursted bubble, as there is no $100 to spend. I think you people are missing the point. There could be 6 for $300 but I still don't have $300 to spend.

    The point of it was to show the price difference between the PV-I and the 880. It simply doesn't fit in my budget.