..A good vocal mic for 200-400$

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by dusty, Apr 14, 2003.

  1. dusty

    dusty Guest

    Hello fellas..
    I'd like to buy a good vocal microphone for my studio.I can spend between 200-400$.
    Someone please can help me out?
  2. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Audio Technica has just re released the ATM 4033. At $399 USD, with a shock mount & wood case (from BSW),
    - http://www.bswusa.com - it is a great all around mic for vocals and instruments. It has a .75" diaphragm and is considered a medium diaphragm mic. Tight pick up pattern, nice crispy top end and ballsy lows. I have had 2 of these for several years and I love them. Great fit and finish and a great company to do business with. Very good customer service if you ever need it. Kurt
  3. tmix

    tmix Guest

    I agree with Kurt. The AT 4033 was the first condensor I bought and it was a great choice. It is very versatile for any acoustic source. It is a mid size Diaphram ( I'm sure Kurt didn't mean 1.5 dia) I believe it is 1/2 inch or 5/8 inch. Years later even after buying many others including tube mics I still go back to the 4033 again and again. It is just a really good mic. The only problem I have ever had with it is on sibilant female voices. The upper end has some sizzle to it that does'nt work some times with really bright female voices.
    For a more neutral sounding multi pattern you may look at the Studio projects B-3 (about$160). It is another versatile mic you probably won't ever get rid of either. I love mine!
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Oh these guys are so right! I love both of these mics...I just got my SP B3 and wow!!!...I have used the 4033 on a number of occasions throughout history and it is everything that has been alluded to...very open and bright...the B3 is a bit darker but it has a quality to the top end which reminds me of an older Neumann...not as much detail(what does) but very very nice and for the price....fa-ged-a-bou-dit!...the ADK Area51 or the new 'hemiheads'model 'st'ADK's are quite stunning for the price...another great vocal mic just in yer price range is the Shure KSM32..only one pattern but it excells at what it does...good luck....
  5. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Well-Known Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    Tom... ooops! You're right. Thanks for pointing that out. I meant .75" dia... The meds must not have kicked in yet when I wrote that! :D I went back and edited that! he-he-he-he.. BTW, I am happy to say that Alan Hyatt has taken some time out of his busy schedule to contact me regarding his sending me some review pieces. I am expecting a T3 multi pattern LD condenser and a VTB -1 mic pre soon! I will keep you all posted! Kurt
  6. cjenrick

    cjenrick Active Member

    Nov 15, 2002
    I have one too. In addition to sounding good, they can really take a beating, both physically and sonically. I think they sound best in the low output mode.
  7. sdevino

    sdevino Active Member

    Mar 31, 2002

    Thats all you need
  8. Davedog

    Davedog Well-Known Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Ya know, I like the KSM27 too...but the 32 is just bigger...more defined and has a broader range and a bit more air in the top end...not that the 27 is a 'bad' choice.. its not, but for another 100 you could get the 32...or a 4033...
  9. millionvalve

    millionvalve Guest

    I got a Blue Baby Bottle (with shock and awe...I mean shock and pop) used for $416 on ebay, like new.

    Teamed with my Speck 5.0 mic pre--Lordy, it's dynamite.

  10. golli

    golli Active Member

    Apr 17, 2003
    Check out the Rode NTK it is 450$ on web page I have sofar only read good things about it web page :)
  11. Killer B

    Killer B Guest

    Has anyone used the KSM32s, NTK, or AT4033s for drum OHs?

    I wonder if I can get away with a pair of these for my first condensers.
  12. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    I picked up 2 3035s for 200 each a few years back...very good show for the dough.

    Another great vocal mic in that price range is the Shure SM87A...Like the 57 and 58, its primarily designed as a stage mic, but sometimes it is THE mic for the job.
  13. paul lani

    paul lani Guest

    for lead vocals - shure sm-7
    for backing vocals - something condenser and big-
    like a tlm 170 ( something great for tons of things.

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