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Looking at the ADK's, the AKG Perception series, Studio Projects B1, and the Joemeek 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!



jonyoung Thu, 11/16/2006 - 16:24

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.

mark_van_j Thu, 11/16/2006 - 22:04

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.

anonymous Sat, 03/10/2007 - 15:50

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.

JLiRD808 Sun, 03/11/2007 - 15:09

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.


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