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looking for a solid mic for male vox for under $400

any advice?




zemlin Sat, 08/19/2006 - 17:45
If you shop around, you can find the Rode NT2000 for $460 - a very versatile mic. I don't have any high-end gear to compare it to, but they make my Studio Projects C3s sound a bit flat. With the variable pattern and variable HPF you can do a lot to "tune" the mic for a particular voice or setup.

The Rode NT2A runs about $100 less and is basically the same mic, but with switches in place of the knobs. I think the knobs are worth $100.

moonbaby Thu, 08/17/2006 - 06:22
A large diaphragm dynamic like the E-V RE-20 or the Beyer M99 work well for male voice. The afore-mentioned SM7b is in that camp, too.
But keeop in mind, we don't know anything about the talent that you are attempting to record. There have been some great rock vocals that were tracked with a SM58, so....
The cool thing about the RE-20 and the M99 is that they will do double-duty as a great instrument/amp mic as well. Many engineers swear by the RE-20 for metal bass amps and kick, and both do well on horns of all types. You gotta plan for down the road, al of those models will pass the "time test", too. The RE-20 also has a tighter pick-up pattern. This will aid in getting a more "pro" sound in a less-than-ideal acoustical environment in that less of the room gets picked up.