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Help Me Chose A Mic - Im on a Budget

Discussion in 'Recording' started by cyorkgo, Feb 16, 2005.

  1. cyorkgo

    cyorkgo Guest

    I am currently looking for a mic for vocals and I am on a serious budget.

    I have a home studio and producing R&B and Hip Hop. My budget for a Mic is about $200.00. I just picked up a Focusrite Trakmaster off Ebay.

    The Mics I am looking at are:

    MXL 990/991 pack
    MXL V69 and 67
    MXL 2000 series
    Project Studio B1, C1,
    Kel HM-1
    Audio Technica

    Any feedback/suggestions is appreciated.
  2. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    I would get either:

    SP C1, B1

    shure 58

    Rode nt1a

    I dont hear good things on the marshals
  3. Logic

    Logic Guest

    I could well afford a few 500.00 mics . I chose a MXL 2001 loved it and bought another.(vl67)Both VERY sensitive (little noisy though) But great for the money IMO. I have put mine up against my friend's Rode and the rode at three times the price was only different not really better. This is the BUDGET forum! :D
  4. wiseal1

    wiseal1 Guest

    A good all around mic in my oppinion is an

    MD421 works great on just about any thing.
  5. EroticPoetry

    EroticPoetry Guest

    Just get an SM58. It's a dependable vocal mic, and it's only one hundred bucks.

    If you have your heart set on a condenser mic, go for the MXL 990 or V63m. Both are really cheap, and sound pretty decent.
  6. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Audio Technica AT3035, about $185.
  7. sanatik

    sanatik Guest

    Studio Projects B1

    is an very good mic.
  8. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    none of the mics i pointed out were even close to $500-

    c1- $200 B1- $99 nt1a - $200 Sm58-$100
  9. cyorkgo

    cyorkgo Guest

    I wish I could go somewhere and hear the difference. I have seen a AKG 3000 for 165.00 on Ebay - any thoughts on the AKG?
  10. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    I own a C3000 and only used it once for vocals........too thin and bright sounding. It's best use is acoustic guitar, other string instruments.
  11. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    I have been putting the HM-1 through it's paces recently for an upcoming review ... It has been excellent on guitar amps and vocals ... nice as overhead / tom mics for drums. They do tend to pick up a lot of room sound when compared to some other sd condensers ... and that can be good or bad, depending on your situation.

    I hope to try them on sax soon as well as bass and some other sources. I have a feeling they are going to be really good on bass cabs.

    The HM-1 is very well built ...with a very sturdy mic clip. At under $100 including shipping, it's impossible to get hurt buying one of these things. Hey, if you hate it, return it within 21 days for a full refund! I wish more manufacturers would do that!
  12. cyorkgo

    cyorkgo Guest

    Thanks - I am leaning toward the HM1. Because I will be recording in my Bed Room - what mic or program can I use to get rid of back ground noice? My room is pretty quiet during the day - but not as quiet as a sound booth.
  13. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    I was speaking in terms of it being used as an overhead or tom mic. In vox applications, I had no problem at all. I sat at my mix desk and held the thing in my hand and sang right into it. It sounded great and exhibited no handling noise!

    The HM-1 is very well suited for use with less expensive mic pres ... in that situation I just described, I was intentionally running the HM-1 through my Mackie pres. It was surprising (to me) how good the HM-1 sounded through the normally hash Mackie. In turn, the HM-1 sounded great when compared to my U87ai through the Amek Neve 9098 pres ... I had to listen very closely to hear the differences. It was very subtle.
  14. cyorkgo

    cyorkgo Guest

    Thanks Kurt
  15. stergz

    stergz Guest

    One thing I have found in a potentially noisy environment is to get a reasonably good stage condensor with a super cardioid or similar pattern and use that. I have been using a Rode S1 on vocals (it also doubles are a fantasic snare mic) and gives great results. Mine cost $315 AUD. A matched pair of small diaphram condensors is a great investment. I us Rode NT5's but there are better mics outthere for similar money. The Octavia OC-112's are very good and cheap. Just make sure to try out a few as they all sound different.
  16. AIC4ever

    AIC4ever Guest

    don't do the sm 58

    Well, an SM58 might be a good choice for rockers, u really need to shout into it to make really good vibes with it. You see an Sm58 is a dynamic mic which likes low end frequencies rather than high end. Since you did mention that you are into hip hop i strongly suggest you tryout a condenser microphone with either a small or large diaphragm. It doesn't really matter. But u might be able to score a reletively inexpensive one from apex.



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