Mentioned by *A Head Full of Dreams* co-producer Rik Simpson in this *Sound on Sound* article. > “With regards to vocal microphones, we have over the years tried most things on Chris [Martin],” says Rik Simpson. “For this album we wanted a clear, vibrant tone, full of humanity and life. I did shootouts between vintage Neumann U47s and U67s, and quite few new mics inspired by the 47, Telefunken 251, and so on. I can’t even recall all of them, but the Soyuz SU17 blew them all out of the water. It’s a hand-made Russian mic, very artisan, and sounds fantastic, very pure and full. Sometimes he’ll pick up a Shure SM58 because he loves holding a mic, with his vocals then sounding over the speakers. He can really get into the zone and perform like that. I’m obviously always trying to get him to sing into a more expensive, great–sounding mic, but if he’s feeling comfortable he’ll get a great performance. > > “A lot of the 58 recordings did end up on the album, and I think it sounds great, though I’d never comp between the Soyuz and the 58. At the beginning of the record I asked him to use Telefunken M80 as a hand-held mic. I was trying to get something that sounded better than an SM58, but later on during the sessions we went back to the SM58 because the weight of it feels more comfortable to him. The mic pre on both the 58 and the Soyuz was a UA–610, which sounds great and is a wonderful and very reliable workhorse.more
[This article](http://www.emusician.com/gear/1332/school-of-seven-bells/40652) from *Electronic Musician* on the recording of SVIIB's debut album explains, "The twins were recorded either together or separately into a [Neumann U87](https://equipboard.com/items/neumann-u87-condenser-microphone), Universal Audio SOLO/610 preamp, a Focusrite interface and [MacBook Pro](https://equipboard.com/items/apple-macbook-pro) running [Logic](https://equipboard.com/items/apple-logic-pro-9). 'A lot of times we'll record the vocals before doing anything else,' Curtis explains."more
The studio I work at has one of these that I've been using for months and I just purchased my own. I especially love it for di guitars and bass but it works great on vocals as well! Really great for anyone want to "dirty" up their sound for a more vintage, warm, analog vibe.