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Which mic to buy for 0 to 1400$ ??!! need quik help!!

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by JVPredds8, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. JVPredds8

    JVPredds8 Guest

    Hi, this is my first time posting a question on this site and I guess first of all I would like to say that this is a great site, and everyone always has great and very usefull advice that has come in very handy over these past few months. I recently started building my studio around a 002 and am mainly focused around hip hop, pop, and RnB. My vocal booth is set up in my closet at the moment while im am still stuck in my appartment for the time being.

    So here comes the 1400$ question- Which mic should I get for 0 to 1400$??????
    I will be buying this mic within the next day or two so your advice would be most appriciated.

    I would like to get a couple nice mics before I go spending several thousand on a very high end mic pre. So for now I have a MXL V69ME mic and "The Brick" mic pre that this new mic I am buying will be going through. And no I have no problems with the V69, I would just like some more options for my singers. In fact I find the V69 to be an incredible mic for the price, and after just having graduated at Full Sail university I have listend to a large list of high end mics including 414's, Neumann's, Royers, Blue, ect., and the V69 has done a suprisingly good job compared to many of them.

    *Note that this mic will be mainly used for VOCALS (mostly male)

    So far I have been looking at the:

    Gefell UMT70S
    Langevin CR-2001
    Brauner Phantom AE
    AKG C 414B-XLS
  2. Calgary

    Calgary Active Member

    The EV RE20 seems to be an industry standard for voiceover type applications, I plan to buy one soon. A lot of engineers swear by it. The Rode NT1-A is a surprisingly decent mic for $200. :cool:

    I have a matching pair of AT4033s which have been superbly valuable for a wide variety of applications. Great workhorse.

    A good thing to do is to go rent mics and try them out, this is my favorite way. Pay $30-100 and rent the thing for a week and then you'll really know what you're working with. Most places will put your rental fee toward purchase if you decide to keep the mic. :cool:
  3. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Rode NTZ is a good vocal microphone as is the Bluebird from Blue microphones. Most of your choices are very good but putting that much money into a microphone only used for vocals seems extravagant. I have a friend that did what you are suggesting and bought a Neumann microphone for about $3500 and it spends most of its time in the storage locker because it is too good and brings out all the flaws of the singer. He just purchased an AKG Solid Tube after being at Tom T. Hall's studio in Nashville and hearing how good the microphone sounded on vocals. I would second the suggestion to rent the microphone for a week or so BEFORE you put down the long green. Sometimes hype and price cover up what the microphone really sounds like in real world situations.

  4. you look into the soundeluxe stuff?
  5. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Hey JV, I just answered the same question from you in another forum. Plese do not post the same question in different forums like you did. It is not good etiquette here in RO. We want you to feel welcomed here but this is not the right way to start. Other than that, welcome to RO! You will find here many people willing and able to help you. 8)
  6. JVPredds8

    JVPredds8 Guest

    My fault man I just figures I would post it in all the forums that it was related to, but next time I will just pick one and stick to it, again my appalogies.

    Thanks for the advice guys i really appriciate it
  7. Jeremy

    Jeremy Active Member

    I have had great sucess with a RODE NTK. You can walk into one of these for under 400 bucks it seems, on ebay.
  8. Soundelux U195. Outstanding on hip-hop / R&B vocals
  9. PostColonial

    PostColonial Guest

    I second the U195 suggestion. I have found my U195 suitable for a number of differnet styles of vocalists. I got mine of Ebay for $900.
  10. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    I've been using a Rode K2 for vocs- about $600 street if you shop around.
    I hear the NT2A is the same capsule for $400- have not heard them though
  11. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    oh and they are great on percussion too! I bought a second one for percussion stereo recording. Not so hot on acoustic guitar, though.
  12. pianojoe

    pianojoe Guest

    I second the AT 4033. But if you really want to spend $1400, look at the Neumann TLM49. That's the mic that suits my voice best.

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