Dave Rat FOH Engenieer Says: His interpretation begins with Audix OM7 dynamic microphones on all vocals, Rat's choice for several years. “The OM7 mic element is very close to the grille, so they tend to get quite loud, but with excellent gain before feedback,” he explains. “More importantly, they provide a real up-close-and-personal signature — very intimate. I don't want much sound from the room getting into the mics because the audience loses that proximity, that intimacy. And having the main P.A. feedback with an OM7 is hard to do.”more
Audix is on the road with Swedish rockers The Sounds! FOH Paul O’Shaughnessy gave us an update on lead singer Maja Ivarsson's experience with her OM7: "Maja has used the Audix OM7 for several years. When the band all switched to IEM’s they found that they were getting a lot of cymbal spill if Maja was singing from the drum riser, as she likes to do. She also likes to walk in front of the PA and get out front with the audience. We needed a mic with a tight pickup pattern and a great sound. We tried out a few mics but the OM7 was always going to be the one. I like it, the band like their IEM mix, and Maja loves it. We now use OM7s on all four main vocals and the spare. We wouldn’t be without them on tour!"more
The reason why this mic only got four stars is simply that I haven't tried too many different microphones yet and I'm not entirely sure, if I can say this is the best one out there (if you can say that about any mic at all). It's certainly great for doing stuff on the loop station because it doesn't let much noise in form around you and it's also recommendable for live gigs with the full band, for the same reason. It does however sound like a radio mic sometimes, which is not that cool for recordings.
I have had this mic for around 6 months replacing my EV 967 Mic. It cuts through the mix and is crystal clear. The feedback rejection is the best I have used. You have to have a lot of headroom on your mixer as it has a low gain input. Fantastic mic...
I bought this microphone because I found out Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree uses it for live performances. Also because it has exceptional feedback rejection. I've used it for studio recording purposes with great results. It needs a significant amount of gain from the audio interface's preamp though. The sound is clear and crisp. I love the fact it rejects feedback so well because I never get nasty squeals and noises of any kind when I use it. It is a quality product, very sturdy. Highly recommended.