The test of the Line 6 XD V70 microphone was realized, and written by my friend Charly. Charly is the leader of the percussive folk mono-trio Charly et sa Drôle de Dame. If you don’t know him nor his universe or Gertrude his old guitar made in 1890, you can still find them at Charly et sa Drôle de Dame! – – Sem
The brand has a solid reputation in guitar and amps modelling technologies. That’s what they are good for. I was curious to know if they were able to maintain the highest standards for a microphone aimed at vocalists.
So, the XD V70 is a wireless digital microphone featuring several reference microphones simulations. Below, the list of these modelled microphones.
- Shure SM58
- Audix 0M5
- Shure Beta 58A
- Audio-Technica AE4100
- Sennheiser E835
- Electro-Voice N/D767
Usually, I don’t trust audio “tests” that much because many of them are not realized in optimal conditions. Subjectivity and auto-suggestion are often at the origin of our preference for a microphone or another. Typical example is : you record a vocal line with microphone A, and then you do the same thing with microphone B. Then you say “yeah, microphone B is awesome!”
The problem is:
- Mic and tester’s positionning can’t be exactly the same between to recordings (a slight difference of a few millimeters is enough to change the capture of the sound)
- You never sing the same twice in a row. Frequencies, intonations, intentions, resonance, volumes… Every parameters vary (which is cool)
To test the XD V70 as objectively as possible, I recorded a spoken voice control track. I played the control track through a speaker. I positionned the microphone in front of the speaker, and I changed the presets one by one. So, the sound source, the gain, and the mic position remained the same for each recording. I let you hear that. I recommend to listen through a headphone set to be able to really hear the differences.
“Hmm… hmm… one, two… one, two, three…”
Did you hear the differences ? That’s good, right ? The XD-V70 is a very good microphone. It is solid, and it has a useful screen to control the autonomy of the batteries. I didn’t hear any interference with the wireless system. The sound is clean, and versatile. The microphone models allow to adapt to any live situation with a single click.
For example : you are capturing the vocals of a female singer with a hissing voice, then you wouldn’t use the Electro-Voice ND767 preset. This one can accentuate the problem. In the other hand the SM58 preset will be more adapted to soften these high frequencies. And if the band that plays afterwards has a slightly throaty voice, then you can use the Electro Voice preset to clear it out. This mic is full of possibilities !
I think that the XD V70 can be a real Swiss army knife ! It saves a lot of space in your gear. It could save a lot of time for the soundcheck. It should be awesome for a sound engineer. For a singer the advantage might be not so obvious. Indeed, once you have found your matching preset, you won’t use the other presets, right ? However, beyond that the XD V70 still has a performant wireless system, a good sound quality and it is solid. These are three reasons to take it into consideration among the wireless microphones from Line 6 competitors !
Don’t hesitate to discover the music of Charly et sa Drôle de Dame now…