Another vote for the Audio-Technica ATH-M50s. They’re my last line of defense as far as bass buildup in a mix. Comfortable too, and priced right. Note that the “LE” version (LE: limited edition) is over $100 more and from what I can see the added expense is just for the “Special 50th anniversary edition silver-colored metallic finish.”
i think if you ask the producer-types who use our music, the vast majority will tell you they want an ending. Fades are for songs people listen to for enjoyment, but there really isn’t a place for them in multimedia productions.
Here’s a simple suggestion (hopefully not mentioned yet). Why don’t you just swap your two mics and try that. Sing into the 57 and use the condenser on the guitar. Many a hit record vocal has been sung with a 57 or 58.
Addictive Keys has a very nice upright, along with the grand and a fun-to-play Rhodes. It’s almost too nice…it doesn’t really do the old, dusty, out-of-tune Sunday school type of upright. BTW, for those of us who can use eBay, I “made an offer” on the Addictive Keys software and got a very good deal on top of the current sale price. For software you can download instead of waiting for a mailed box, many Ebay dealers will give you a really great price if you just ask, if the item is marked with “make an offer.” (I made an offer to two stores who both came back with counter-offers. I the same offer to a third store and it was accepted immediately and automatically. I was so happy I danced a jig.)
Synthogy Ivory. Used to use the Yamaha all the time; now I use the Steinway almost exclusively. I REALLY need to find a good upright though. Also, a good friend takes some of his work to LA and says the Pianoteq is becoming popular with a lot of guys out there. I didn’t think it was the absolute best I’ve ever heard, but it’s pretty nice, and the footprint is unbelievably small.
I just purchased Addictive Keys. It has a grand, an upright and a Rhodes. So far I’m very impressed. As far as the grand, there is a ton of control over microphone choice and placement, there are presets with a lot of variety, and it just sounds really nice. I have and love Addictive Drums, which can almost seem like you’re working with real drums. I get the same vibe with Addictive Keys.
I could see using a little of the robotic piano in your song as an effect, but it’s too much for too long. It could use some dynamics, for sure. And yes, DO offer a version without vocals.
Hollow body and P90s. The breakfast of champions!
One of my biggest sellers is “Fifties Housewife,” and it has that retro feel: http://audiojungle.net/item/fifties-housewife/111487?ref=GarryONeal
Also: Suburbia ‘59: http://audiojungle.net/item/suburbia-59/3033527?ref=GarryONeal
Oceans of Conquest: http://audiojungle.net/item/oceans-of-conquest/147273?ref=GarryONeal
Time for the March of News: http://audiojungle.net/item/time-for-the-march-of-news/253390?ref=GarryONeal
All very different, but all very fifties. Hope you can use something.
Thanks, Garry O