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#1 2011-03-30 08:02:55

chillwynston
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Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

Hi guys im building a vocal booth for my home studio and I currently have my SM58 which I use for gigs..  I realise a mic like this isn't ideal for studio recording..

So, could you suggest a mic that's pretty good but ya know not gonna break tha bank for me??

Thanks guys!!

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#2 2011-03-30 09:01:06

nightfly68
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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

At the moment Rode is doing an interest offer on NT2-a a very good mic for the value... less then 300 $

depending what's your "budget..."

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#3 2011-03-31 07:38:02

chillwynston
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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

I'd say about there.... Im in the UK, I'll check the British prices for the same Mic..

Thanks dude! :D

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#4 2011-04-08 22:07:41

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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

chilly

I swear by the Rode NTK as a budget studio mic. It is awesome. I've owned the NT1 and NT2 (and have recorded albums with them) but the valve mic is excellent at accentuating the full tonality of your voice. I tend to sing in a fairly high register and this mic gives a great full sound.

Tony

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#5 2011-04-27 17:08:28

Rozzy73
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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

I just picked up a Sterling Audio ST51 LD Condenser for $100. I recorded a few samples this morning, and I think it's pretty damn good for the price. I haven't tried it my acoustic, yet. I've never used Rode, but I've heard it's good budget gear.

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#6 2012-05-12 09:16:34

chadherrella
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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

I use the behringer C1.  $40 on amazon?

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#7 2012-05-12 14:03:55

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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

I have the Fame CM-1 studio condenser mic that I use to record guitar and voice, especially lower volume voice. I have the Sennheiser e835 dynamic for a stage mic and loud volume recording.


"When the daylight is rising up in my eyes ..." - Klaus Meine

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#8 2012-05-12 16:09:40

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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

AT 2020, cheap but good reviews (£68-£80),
AT2035 (£161) (same price as a NT1a - £159),
but if you can afford a little more - Rode K2 (£479).
beta 87a - Seems to be the standard for whatever that talent show was - The voice (early rounds)

e%ay (deleted the b as hyperlink appeared on it) for a AT3035 (Japanese made / now disconed, but available).

Dynamics.  Have several at home, but many a many time I eventually come back to the 58 (plural).  I find the senny's a little bright (especially on females), if you give the mic a "t, t, t, t there is a overlasting tah, tah sound that I don't like (around / just over 8k ish).  I may end up selling the e845.
Tom jones was using the 58a on Later live.  I feel an upgrade coming on.

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#9 2012-07-29 04:29:53

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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

MXL V67G Condenser Mic :P

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#10 2012-07-29 17:47:39

Keith
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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

I use the AT2020 also. It's not too bad. I got it when they have buy 2 mics, get one free lol

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#11 2012-07-29 22:18:49

ronws
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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

I think the choice of mic might depend on your voice. Voices with more bottom end might do well with the Shure sm58 or Rode M1 or M2. High, bright voices like mine fare better on the Sennheiser mics, which seem to capture high notes with less loss. However, I don't have a lot of mics. And I would be interested in hearing from another high, piercing singer like me and their experience with the bass-ier mics.


"When the daylight is rising up in my eyes ..." - Klaus Meine

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#12 2012-08-27 22:01:49

Vocalisha
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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

I would really recommend the Studio Projects B1. It's a very cheap microphone but sounds great. Just read this review in Sound on Sound. Especially the part 'Subjective Impressions' at the bottom of the article is interesting.

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/jun05/a … ectsb1.htm

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#13 2012-10-09 12:51:20

JayMC
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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

Audio Technica AT2020 and AT2035 are both very solid. However if you want simplicity, quality, and efficiency and are on a tight budget I'd recommend the Blue Yeti Microphone. Cannot be beaten for the price. I LOVE this mic. If you do have more money though anything that Robert Lunte recommends is solid as well  (literally).

 

#14 2012-10-09 13:40:27

fridrix
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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

I adore my Rode M3; I think it is bascially a Rode M2 with its own 9V battery? A small-diaphragm condensor, about $150. :o

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#15 2012-10-17 12:27:23

Marcus
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Re: Budget but decent mic for studio vocal recording?!

I will second the recommendation for Studio Projects B1, for the price it's quite awesome. Have used it extensively for vocal recordings.

Other  stuff I can recommend is Rode NT2a, or if you would happen to have a little more cash on hand the SE Electronics 2200T (that's the tube version, great for vocals).

Oh, and when using this type microphones make sure to get a pop-killer as well. Will make life easier, well worth the investment.

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