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Budget condenser mic under $200???

Discussion in 'Recording' started by JLiRD808, Nov 16, 2006.

  1. JLiRD808

    JLiRD808 Active Member

    Looking at the ADK's, the AKG Perception series, Studio Projects B1, and the Joe Meek JM37-DP.

    Any other ideas? I'm recording vocals only and at some upper ranges so I suppose I need a "brighter" sounding mic right?

    I got the MXL57 right now and it sucks ass.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  2. MasonBlack

    MasonBlack Guest

    You could take a look at the Samson CO1 or CO3. They're both excellent mics and cost around $100.
  3. mark_van_j

    mark_van_j Active Member

    Also don't forget the Audio Technica AT2020.

    If you want bright, most of these mics should do. If you want extra bright, any behringer mic should do...
  4. JLiRD808

    JLiRD808 Active Member

    A local retailer is really emphasizing the ADK Vienna. Anyone try one of these?

    Behringer? I usually hear bad things about them. I was curious about the B-2 though but local shops here don't carry them so I can't listen.

    How would u describe the AT2020 and the Samsons in terms of sound?
  5. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    I own a couple of 2020's.... they're very neutral, extremely flat response. I don't necessarily agree that you want an overly bright mic if you're singing upper register stuff. Why hype what's already there? While I think the 2020 is a great mic for the money, in your budget range, check out an AT3035. I run a commercial studio and use this mic on more sources than any other mic I own. You can find them for around $175. BTW, the preamp will have a major impact on the vocal sound you achieve as well.
  6. mark_van_j

    mark_van_j Active Member

    Yeah the 3 series is insane. I've used the 3031 many times for overheads, choosing over 414's, U87's and such. Can't believe how cheap they are...

    Behringer was a more sarcastic remark than anything. I have a B2 (was one of my first mics) and it's completely useless, apart from maybe a 3 foot kick mic or tom. (it's cheap so I don't really care if it gets destroyed) It has unnatural highs and my head hurts if I listen to it... Imagine boosting 13k by 6dB and a Q of like 50. That's your behringer mic. (most of them)

    Audio Technica has a name, so you know what you get. Same with AKG. Can't say that I know what they sound like though... Never heard 'em.
  7. JoeJoeMan

    JoeJoeMan Guest


    I've got and ADK Hamburg I use for my own vocals in home studio, sounds great, no complaints.
    I had a cheap Samson, not very good. I picked up the Hamburg new for $240 online it said 'call for price', so I did, an Audio place in Oregon.
  8. AlTheBear

    AlTheBear Guest

    For $200 you can buy a Rode NT1A. I've been very happy with it's results in the price range. It's got a sweet high end as well that rocks on acoustics and vocals.
  9. CoyoteTrax

    CoyoteTrax Well-Known Member

    The AT 3035 is a bargain vocal and AC guitar mic for under $200. Having virtually no self-noise is a huge benefit and IMO the 3035 doesn't hype anywhere on the spectrum.

    I still use my Oktava MK012 w/the omni cap alot for male vocals. Believe it or not the omni capsule sounds fantastic on vocals.
  10. criedbaby

    criedbaby Guest

    behringer C-1 ... check out at their website... behringer.com ;) ;)
  11. JLiRD808

    JLiRD808 Active Member

    I'll be checking out a 3035 later this week!

    How about the Perception series or the Studio Projects?
  12. IzovAge

    IzovAge Guest

    If your just doing vocals, then either the Vienna or Hamburg is definitely a good choice. Other options would be the MXL V6, very smooth for the money. IMO, the best $200 mic is the CAD M179, very versatile. It would be hard to beat this mic for that amount of $. You could also use it for any other source with excellent results.
  13. JLiRD808

    JLiRD808 Active Member

    I actually already bought the AT3035. I couldn't find any bad reviews or comments about it anywhere on the web.

    I haven't gottn to try it out yet though cuz my old roomate left a big bag of his clothes in my vocal booth. :?
  14. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

    I heard Beppe Gambetta using a Perception series mic on vocals at a local workshop. I was very impressed. If you have a chance to audition one and compare with the other candidates I would certainly give it a shot.
  15. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    That's what dumpsters are for. :wink:
  16. JLiRD808

    JLiRD808 Active Member

    Yeah its headed there soon if he doesn't get over here quick. Or at least to the local Goodwill!

    I meant AT3035, I typed AT2025. I edited it already.

    I've heard good things about the Perception also. My friend owns the biggest music shop here in HI :mrgreen:. He says they're pretty accurate, not "coloring" the sound in any way good or bad.

    He recommended at least the 200 series.
  17. bwmac

    bwmac Active Member

    mics under $200

    for the less expensive quality mics I go with Apex

    any thoughts on them and why
  18. freesignal

    freesignal Active Member

    I have a MXL 2001, that's nice enough. Using it til I can get a Neumann and a good pre.
  19. therecordingart

    therecordingart Well-Known Member

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