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what cheap mic would best suit my voice?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by Lee_B, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. Lee_B

    Lee_B Guest

    Hi Guys-

    I apologize if this question has been answered before. I've been searching around on the forum and just cant find the right answer-

    Is there any way to make an educated guess on what budget mic would best suit my voice?

    in terms of my voice I mean a male voice on rock tracks. I find it can get a bit thin and harsh in the high register. if you want to hear it, I have some real crappy recordings done on sm58's here: http://www.myspace.com/leebaillie -if that helps at all.

    In terms of budget I got max $300 to spend on a vocal mic.

    In terms of style I am mostly interested in early records from the mid 60s like Van Morrison, the Animals, the Beatles, Stones etc.
    In that case should I be considering ribbon mics at all? even so, I can only afford the nady one, and I have heard most say to keep well away from nady for studio applications.

    my setup is a presonus firebox into computer, all I have right now is an sm57 and art tube MP. Im planning out all my equipment purchases in advance, and so far I plan on getting an FMR RNC, MAudio DMP3, pair of Oktava MK012's for overheads and acoustic guitar, and other odd things.

    I think the room will play the biggest part of the sound in the end, so I plan on making rigid fiberglass bass traps and treating the walls and the ceiling.

    Thanks for any advice you can give, and please remember I'm still at the hobbyist/basement studio stage, and like most people just trying to make the most out of a minimal budget!
  2. Boltino

    Boltino Guest

    For $300, you can't go wrong with the AT4040.

  3. Lee_B

    Lee_B Guest

    From info I've gathered around here, I've been leaning alot towards the adk hamburg. The descriptions "almost dark" and "smooth" appeals because my voice gets a bit ice-pickish at times.
    It is hard to choose though, I wish I had a box of high end mics to try :D
  4. Jeemy

    Jeemy Well-Known Member

    Even at that level you should be able to try out a few at stores.

    Some suggestions - new - KEL HM-1, Rode NT1/2/2000, the ATM is a stellar choice, SE 3200 (i dont like it, ymmv), or...

    Go secondhand and get something like an AKG 414, Solidtube, Rode K2, SE ICIS/5600. The warm smooth tubes should help with your voice.

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