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PostPosted: Thu May 25, 2006 6:20 pm 
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I am about to start my search for a studio-quality microphone to record vocals. So, any advice on how to go about choosing one? Let's put a price cap on it - say $1000 at the most, but preferably much less than that as long as the quality is excellent.

Also, what mics work well for both recording as well as performing live?

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Those are really separate jobs, Mystic. Look at what's on stage and what's in the recording studio...you don't see a Neumann U on stage. Nor would you dare let a roadie handle such a delicate instrument!

We're going to have a microphone shootout at NiceStock. We've got a bunch of low end condensors up against a Neumann TLM 103 (within your 1k budget)...take a look at the array in the NiceStock topic. We'll let ya know the result.

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Is it just for your vocals, or others as well? If just you, I'd take my G down to the local shop and record some vocal tracks using all the mics you might be considering (assuming this is an option). Go home and listen to what works best with your voice.

I bought an AT3035 without hearing it, thinking that because it had a fairly flat frequency response it would be good for many things, including my voice. While I've been reasonably happy with it, I can't help but think that if I'd have found a way to actually audition some other mics in the same price range, I probably would've found one better suited to my voice. Live and learn.

Listen to DC on the need for a seperate live mic. Better to dump $100-200 of your budget on a decent live vocal mic and spend the rest on a studio condensor than to try and find a mic that would work well in both applications.


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spend $99 on a sm58.
spend the rest or less on your studio mic and preamp.


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Yeah, you're certainly not going to want to dump big bucks on a mic based on internet advice. There should be some Guitar Centers down your way. Try to get to one during a quiet time and audition some mics there.


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:lol: Didn't someone just buy something on your advice, Uncle Bob? :D

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I too have the AT3035 and am very pleased with the results. There are quite a few to consider. And true getting a reasonably priced mic and a good preamp can make a difference. I say go with Uncle Bob's recommendation. 8)

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Hi

when I went looking for a vocal mic I had already decided it had to be a studio condensor. I was after a RODE NTK but eventually settled for a RODE K2 variable pattern. I could only describe it as transparent, crisp, and true. I am very pleased with it but it is sensitive and picks up any little click or rustle and is susceptible to essing.

It is extremely ruggedly built, and quite heavy. However, they are extremely good value for money and I think I would have to pay double to achive a quantum improvement.


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