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Ruud Degelin

    Close and intimate....I presume you are talking about soft vocals?

    Microphones:  all microphones should do (like MJ said)  but in this case I would choose a condenser (unlike MJ..), because if you talk about close and intimate and you have the power of a really loud voice close up then something went wrong in the communication.

    To get that intimate, close up sound one step is to get very close to the microphone so that the proximity effect starts working and as long as it is soft sung (with popfilter as someone already said) you should not have any problems.  If you have problems (pops etc) you have to tell the singer (s)he has to imagine the microphone is a baby ear that expects a lullaby and have him/her sing not straight in the mic but more from the side, you don't sing right into a baby's ear, do you? Now, I have to admit I havent tried that yet but I think it comes from Bruce Swedien so it cannot be all bad....

    And you cant get a close and intimate vocal if your recording is not that means some absorption behind the mic but even more important is absorption behind and above the singer because the head resonates in all directions, not only from the mouth, it seems strange but trust me, it does.

    Now for the big revelation:  for close and intimate a reverb is a dangerous tool, if someone talks intimately to you you dont hear reverb, you only hear early reflexions but that is another matter...

    You can use reverb but then you have to set your pre delay pretty long, think about 100-120 ms.

    And now we are talking vocals, a little boost at 4,7 kHz wouldn't hurt either.