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Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by Markit, Jul 21, 2005.

  1. Markit

    Markit Guest

    I own an MBOX which runs through protools, and i'm going to buy a microphone strictly needed to record rap vocals...
    what do u think i should be lookin into getting?

  2. What's yer budget?
  3. Markit

    Markit Guest

    i'd say around 500
  4. Markit

    Markit Guest

  5. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    SP C1
    AT - 4040, 4033, 4047, 4050
    Blue Bluebird
    CAD M9

    There's tons of posts here requesting the same thing. Try a search and you'll be pleased with what you find... (y)

  6. Markit

    Markit Guest

    thanks a bunch
  7. vividsonics

    vividsonics Guest

    How about an SM7?
  8. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    I hate to be the "Wet Blanket" when it comes to Shure mics, but there isn't a Shure mic I've ever owned or used that I couldn't think of a better mic by a different manufacturer at a better or equal price.

    Examples -

    SM57 - Audix i5 or D2
    SM58 - Audix OM2 or Sennheiser E835
    SM7 - Rode NT1A, NT2, AT 4033, 4047, 4040, Sennheiser MD421
    Beta 57 - see SM57
    Beta 58 - Audix OM3 or 6 or Sennheiser E845
    Beta 52 - Audix D6
    SM81 - AT 4041, Rode NT5, Josephson

    I guess I'm wierd, but I just don't have the woody for Shure microphones that many others do :eek: . I keep one or two around the studio so if somebody comes in that has never heard of Gefell or Josephson, etc. I can whip out the Shure and put their minds at ease.

  9. vividsonics

    vividsonics Guest

    Good call Cucco on the 421 as an alternative the the SM7. I would also throw out the venerable EV RE20. I tend to like high quality dynamic mics for rap vocals as opposed to condensers. Everybody has a vibe they go for.
  10. vv-tim

    vv-tim Guest

    Pick up a Groove Tubes Brick and a AT4033... It'll do you well.

    Any of the mics without a decent preamp aren't going to sound too great.
  11. John Stafford

    John Stafford Well-Known Member

    One mic that I think would work really well for hip-hop is the Oktava MKL-5000. I don't want to start a flame-war, but I think it has many of the in-your-face qualities that have made the Sony C800G popular in hip-hop.

    I wouldn't buy one on ebay, as Oktava's quality control is unbelievably bad. You really need to try before you buy.

    John Stafford
  12. Markit

    Markit Guest

    what about Marshall MXL mics? people have been tellin me alot about these...
    nebody try em out or know nethin about them?
  13. huub

    huub Guest

    For sure a shure sm7, you'll love it!
    It has little off axis coloration, wich is nice with a moving singer/rapper.. It neeeeeds a really good preamp though!
    (A grace 101 with an sm 7 is a fairly affordable combi)

    If you'll be using the mbox preamp (wich is really decent b.t.w., I'd say buy a nice affordable large diaphragm, such as an nt1, or any other nice one, there's tons nowadays...studio projects sp1 is also really good .. That kel hm1 sounds like a great deal too...
  14. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    what about Marshall MXL mics? people have been tellin me alot about these...
    nebody try em out or know nethin about them?

    If it helps you any, I reviewed the MXL V6 for MIX magazine. (June, 2005 issue: http://mixonline.com/products/review/audio_mxl_condenser_microphone ) I love the thing, really. I wish I had two of them for stereo work, but I got an early release of it at the time. (Now I gotta pick up another one!) I've been told some rappers have been using them but that's a bit out of my depth. (Can't discount the bling factor due to it's look and size, either!)

    It's really a great mic, though; sounded great on just about everything we tried with it. Vocals were really crisp and warm, too. Retails for $350, you can probably get it for less than that at GC or elsewhere. Can't beat that sound at that price - give it a listen and see what you think. You can see a pic of it and get the full spec sheet at Link removed

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