Best microphone for recording vocals

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Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by Cryptic UK » Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:00 pm

Somewhere between £150-£300

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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by 102455 » Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:08 pm

Ah, so you want to know the length of a piece of string huh? :lol:

A bit more info would help....

Music genre, male or female voice, home/studio use or live, to use with a computer interface or a mixing desk (i.e. phantom power) and so on.

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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by Cryptic UK » Sat Apr 28, 2012 12:28 pm

Ok:)

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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by lapieuvre » Sat Apr 28, 2012 1:04 pm

gauge-usa.com ECM87 is hard to beat for the price: 150USD
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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by Jekblad » Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:09 pm

beta 87 is nice
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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by eddiex » Sat Apr 28, 2012 4:52 pm

the shure KSM32 is pretty awesome!!! they are expensive though, but you can find them for 300 some (american) on ebay.
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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by lapieuvre » Sat Apr 28, 2012 8:01 pm

Jekblad wrote:beta 87 is nice
Yes for Live use
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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by Jekblad » Sat Apr 28, 2012 10:37 pm

lapieuvre wrote:
Jekblad wrote:beta 87 is nice
Yes for Live use
it actually sets on fire if you try to use it in the studio
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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by beatmunga » Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:25 am

Rode NT2.

Presuming your little mixer has phantom power.
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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by LeifonMars » Sun Apr 29, 2012 7:57 am

For christ sake: if he has to ask I assume he doesn't know anything about room treatment and therefore it is best to go with SM58 or some other similar dynamic microphone. Large capsules tend to sound just horrible when recording in a untreated room.
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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by beatmunga » Sun Apr 29, 2012 8:39 am

LeifonMars wrote:For christ sake: if he has to ask I assume he doesn't know anything about room treatment and therefore it is best to go with SM58 or some other similar dynamic microphone. Large capsules tend to sound just horrible when recording in a untreated room.
Oh dear. Someone got out of bed the wrong side...

Ok, I'll revise if it calms you down:

Rode NT2 with a pop shield and duvet or 2 hung on the wall.

Avoid an SM58. It will most likely sound amateurish, especially on a ballad. It is designed to be cheap, low on feedback and hard wearing in compromised live situations. And Bono notoriously uses one in the studio. That alone should be reason enough for any sane person to avoid it...
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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by 102455 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 10:10 am

Digital Village do some vocal mic packages that include pop filter, cable, mic, reflection filter etc.
depending on budget and so on. For example http://www.dv247.com/microphones/se-ele ... pop--88543

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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by LeifonMars » Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:23 pm

Edit: The thing is: SM58 is a safer bet in case you have no clue what you're doing. Especially if the room sounds shit, it's way less horrible choice than any large capsule condenser you find.

Björk uses it as well.
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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by Rationalizer » Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:13 pm

+1 for RØDE NT2. You should consider buying a mic pre also. If you're on a budget, maybe check out GAP Pre-73.
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Re: Best microphone for recording vocals

Post by myxomat0515 » Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:31 pm

I love my Sennheiser MK 4. Great sounding condenser for vocals IMO. I picked mine up for just under $300.

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