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Best Vocal Mic for ~$1000

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I am under a budget, and looking for a mic in the $600-1000 range that will do best for my vocal needs. I sing mostly Jazz, and intimate stuff, I need something that has a warm texture, but clear sound, a mic that will produce the sound in my voice that will surround the listener and reel them in... so, it needs to be very rounded and not too colored... any suggestions? I know it's always better to look at the $2,000 up range, maybe at Neumann's and AKG Tubes, and what not, but unfortunately, I only have $1000 to spend

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soapfloats Fri, 07/24/2009 - 23:47
The 414 is a GREAT mic for $1000.
Keep in mind you are not buying a "vocal" mic though.
I use mine on vocals (if it passes the a/b test), drum OHs, gui cabs, mandolin/banjo/etc, solo percussion (tambourines, shaker, etc), as a room mic, and probably a few others I'm forgetting.
It IS my most expensive mic (I own a pair), so that explains why I turn to it so often.
While they don't get used on every session, my Bluebird & MXL 3k have done quite well on vocals. Ditto SM58, Senn e835, and some others.

To be fair, I've used and/or had reputable cohorts recommend nearly every mic mentioned.
And I'd like to add an SM7b to my cab as well!

Truth is, you never know until you use it.
My 421 is getting more use as a vocal mic than almost any other lately. Problem is, I only own 2 and I like it a lot on toms, guitar cabs, and bass cabs.

I'm almost ready to start putting links up to a bunch of a/b's I did w/ many of the mics mentioned.
While it's not the same as doing it yourself in your space w/ your preamps, it should be a useful demonstration of these mics on male vocals, in addition to other sources.

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Member Tue, 05/12/2009 - 10:09
Another vote for the Bluebird. I used to own a Blueberry and was quite happy with that, I was over at a friends house and he'd just purchaised a Bluebird, We A-Bed them and there was so little differenc in them that I sold my Blueberry and bought 2 bluebirds and a few other mics as well.
For $250-$300 bucks you can't go wrong with a Blue Bluebird.

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Member Thu, 03/05/2009 - 23:19
I agree with a few others here who stated it's all about personal prefs. I've found, when I was employed by the place that rhymes with Sitar Center, I could easily spend an entire day trying find that go-to mic. (prolly' the main reason I'm no longer employed there!) But when it came down to it, it was the mic I preferred "THAT DAY". No matter the price range. Although, I do still feel that the k2 regardless of weight, is the best all around mic under not $1000, but under $2000!!! It is a boat anchor when it comes to weight though...my suggest'...get some good ATLAS stands like I did and throw out all those cheap-arse fraudulent stands that fall over when you look at them!!!

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stickers Fri, 11/21/2008 - 16:13
Ive been using an at4047. Sounds good, looks nice

I started out with a studio projects C1. Its a bight mic slightly brittle top end. It sounded good at first but got tired of it. sold it.

After the C1, I bought a K2. The K2 is built like a tank, heavy mic. The K2 was a nice mic although call me weird I got sick lugging it around since at the time I did a lot of location recording with bands. And I wasn't totally blown away with it on vocals something about the low mids. sold it

After the K2, I bought an at4050. versatile mic. pretty good on vocals. kept it

At this point, I kept hearing good things about the sm7. I got a sm7 which kind of an awkward ugly mic. I think it sounded fine on vocals but couldnt really see me using it for much else. I honestly didn't give the mic that much of a chance at that point. traded it.

A friend of mine purchased an at4047 for cheap money. I traded him the sm7 for the at4047. The at4047 is very good vocal mic, looks nice, easy to use and i'm comfortable with it.

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jammster Mon, 02/23/2009 - 17:13
Can't help wanting to give my .02 cents on this one

Yes, here is one instance in which we can all agree! A good mic is a matter of opinion. So remember that you need to take some quality time to try them and wait before you make a decision, this maybe your last $1000 mic if you are getting a tighter budget this next year.

At $1000 I ended up trying Neumann TLM 103 along with a 414 XLS. I ended up liking the TLM 103 better and have found it wonderful for my voice, acoustic guitar and any other musical instrument I have used it with.

I had to pay another $250.00 for the shock mount however. I recently did find them on Amazon for $1000 in black with the shockmount.

The best thing about the TLM 103 is it is very quiet. Good for subtle singers such as myself. You may not like the tone if you are wanting to scream. I have heard people complain about the top end, I happen to really dig it.

Anyway, take it with a grain of salt because money is going to get tight this year for all of us.

Bluebird sounds like a good recommendation to me. I would certainly like to check one out someday.

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pmolsonmus Mon, 10/06/2008 - 09:53
The Bluebird is on my "need to buy next" list, but I am VERY pleased with my K2 and 414s. Very different mics, but work well in many situations. Depending on the song and/or background I've been able to get most of what I am looking for. It also helps to have a good pre.

My .02

PS - I'm a vocalist as well

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moonbaby Thu, 10/23/2008 - 01:26
Boy, there sure have been a LOT of suggestions here, no? I didn't see where you stated your gender-are you male or female? I've had great results with the AT-4047, both on males and ladies singing jazz. Kind of smokey, without being dull or muddy, breathy without being harsh. Great on Diana Krall and Michael Bouble wannabes, IMHO.

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BobRogers Thu, 10/23/2008 - 02:21
moonbaby wrote: Boy, there sure have been a LOT of suggestions here, no?...
I wonder if the price point of $1K is sort of uninteresting or maybe sparsely populated. Most of the mics mentioned are around $600-700. On he other hand, most of the mics that I'd look at if I were spending more (earthworks, scheops, Neumann) are a lot more. Off the top of my head I can't think of a mic I'm really interested in that costs $1000 +- 100.

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Member Thu, 10/23/2008 - 09:34
musicfreak42 wrote: I am under a budget, and looking for a mic ......I only have $1000 to spend
Definitely recommend the Newmann Retro LDC tube. its now below $1000 because of the exchange rate and they are doing free delivery I think...just google it to find the website...

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Member Wed, 12/03/2008 - 02:59
HEY ALL!

has any one used a ksm27 by shure.?
i noticed they are the same price as the blue blue bird mic
are they worth the shot over the ksm-27?
the reason i ask is cuz there is a chance of gettin the ksm-27
for super cheap

my ex gave me a new one (ksm) but i sold it before ever using it. thats why i bring up this mic. maybe i should let go of her....(and the mic)
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