Looking for a microphone that can do more than simply sound great?
Item: TC-Helicon MP-75, Live Vocal Microphone
Price: $169 US, £129 UK
At A Glance: The MP-75 from TC-Helicon is a vocal microphone for live performance that features a button that can be used to control functions on their vocal effects units. It has a super-cardioid pickup pattern to minimise feedback on stage and a suspended shock-mount to minimise handling noise. Its frequency response has been tailored especially for vocals and it has excellent rejection to plosives. The microphone connects via a standard XLR cable and comes with a stand clip which is designed to fit on any standard mic stand and hold the MP-75 securely.
High Notes: The MP-75 control button works with all the current range of TC-Helicon pedals (see their website for full compatibility list). Depending on which pedal you use it with, it can be used to do different things such as turning on and off harmonies or reverb; or, moving up to the next preset on the device. The microphone is built to withstand years of use and comes with a padded gig bag to help keep it safe in transit. When compared to the sound of some other dynamic microphones, the MP-75 has an almost “condenser-like” bass pickup which goes particularly low yet remains well defined. It also has a well-controlled proximity effect, meaning you can get close to the microphone without adversely affecting your vocal tone.
Off Pitch: The MP-75 is not designed to be a particularly neutral sounding microphone and its scooped mid frequencies and hyped bass may sound great on some people but not necessarily on others.
Audio Demo – TC-Helicon MP75 vs Shure SM58:
A VoiceCouncil Reviewer Says: Sonically the TC-Helicon MP-75 microphone produces a particularly rich vocal sound with forward high frequencies that help with lyrical intelligibility. The build-quality and construction of the microphone is to a particularly high standard and it features a special heat-treated and hardened steel windscreen grill to provide up to 10 times the durability of non-hardened grills. If you do not require the ability to control your effects via your microphone, TC-Helicon also produces the MP-70 microphone, which is essentially the same as the MP-75 but without the “mic control” function. Overall, if you have a TC-Helicon vocal effects unit or are simply looking for a new microphone the MP-75 is definitely worth trying out.
Manufacturers’ Website: http://www.tc-helicon.com