What Modern Vocalists Can Learn From The RCA 77-DX Microphone

rca micFLASHBACK: 1954 RCA 77-DX Microphone

HISTORY
The RCA 77-DX microphone was originally intended for television use, which is why its finish is low-gloss umber-gray enamel – for eliminating glare.

HOW IT WAS USED
Began for TV and became the “go-to” for most of the early “crooners.” It’s poly-directional, giving the engineer many options and decisions to make when using.

CAN BE HEARD ON
Countless TV/News personalities such as Edward R. Murrow used it. Musically, all of the early Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash tunes employed its services.

MODERN EQUIVALENT 
A reissue of the mic can be found. Expect compromises, but overall it’s a great replica.

LESSONS LEARNED
Mic placement and positioning is essential to getting the performance you are after. There are many variations available with this mic and understanding what each does will go a long way. There is a ribbon on the mic, so be careful with putting too of a loud a noise directly into it. You can “blow” it easily.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Don Miggs is a singer/songwriter/producer and fronts the band miggs (Elm City/Capitol Records). His love affair with vintage instruments and gear only presents a problem when he’s awake. Chat music & gear with him @donmiggs or miggsmusic.com, lalamansion.com, or his radio show, @thefringeAM820 (Saturdays 5-7PM EST).

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