Well it just might. As an example, a friend brought over a Royer ribbon mic that had low output in front of a guitar speaker cab. So yeah, more gain might be needed once in a while. I also remember using an EV RE20 with pretty low output too.
Post by ElvisWorksAtWalmart on Oct 28, 2017 0:12:16 GMT
My experience with the SM7b and a Cloudlifter is that it simply gives you more gain. That’s gain for everything upstream of it, including mic self noise. Turns out that the 7b has a good chunk of that. I was disappointed, as I wanted to use it for voice over work. Yes, you can de-noise in post, but it drains the life out of the signal. If you’re going to be recoding a track to sit in a mix, though, you’ll be OK.
It just feels to me, all these months later, is that a neutral mic (especially one of decent quality) would be the perfect canvas for your later tweaks; such as the 5kHz boost you've implemented. The KSM44 is another one I remember to sound kind of neutral but the quality was there. In contrast, if you have a mic which is known to have a certain character maybe you won't be able to manipulate it as much.
I use a Simply Sound SS-1 (https://simplysound.co) with my SM7B and couldn't be happier. I'm not a loud singer by any stretch and my Focusrite 2i2 pres weren't strong enough to give the mic the boost I really needed. For $50 it's a no brainier compared to a Cloudlifter of Fethead.