A good microphone for the operatic voice

Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Microphone

Use your own brain. Do not depend on your teacher.

Dame Nellie Melba – Melba Method, 1926

Since I begun my project in April to refresh my voice, affectionally named the “Lilli Lehmann Project”, I have recorded every note I have uttered. The recordings last for around one minute or so. These recordings give me time to think, time to micro-rest my voice and are essential for me because I am now teaching myself.

Until September, I recorded my voice using the iPhone built in microphone. However, I wanted to produce better recordings for my SoundCloud. The plan is to eventually buy a couple of Gefell M930 and Apogee duet but for now I am finding them difficult to source. Hence, I bought a Sennheiser MK4.

The Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Microphone, retailing for around USD300, is an excellent microphone for recording the operatic voice. The microphone plugs directly into an iPad or iPhone and uses free Apogee software downloadable from the app store. The software is a little temperamental on the iPhone 8 but works well on an old iPad.

Once the recording is made, it is easy to upload the recording to Dropbox and then SoundCloud.

SoundCloud is part of my project plan to aim for continual improvement over the next three years. I must say it is satisfying to make a new recording of an aria and, after comparison, acknowledge there has been improvement since the last recording was made. The old recording is then deleted.

I recommend this microphone. Here it is without any sound engineering.

Published by Deborah Wai Kapohe

I am a classical singer and guitarist. I have created a project called 'The Lilli Lehmann Project'. The project, lasting from 2020 until 2023, aims to refresh my voice and prepare me to be a singing teacher. The scope of the project is that I am studying Lilli Lehmann's singing book, bibliography, recordings and her reviews, as well as other historical vocal pedagogy. I have chosen this platform in order to blog about my discoveries, demonstrate techniques and exercises, and perform pieces of music. I have done so because I wish to be transparent. I think that if a student is prepared to learn from me then I should stand up to public scrutiny.

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