Best Mic for various Applications

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jazzbass12, May 9, 2003.

  1. jazzbass12

    jazzbass12 Active Member

    Mar 14, 2003
    Taunton MA
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    Does anyone have suggestions as to what mics works best by applications:

    Hard Rock Vocal
    Blues Vocal
    Pop Vocal
    Ballad Vocal
    Choir Vocal

    Is there a resource ont he web that might explain what mics work best by application?
  2. Alécio Costa - Brazil

    Alécio Costa - Brazil Well-Known Member

    Mar 19, 2002
    look at and They have charts dividend into 3 categories: Gold, siver and Bronze suggestions for every set-up.
    I recommend you AT4050. I used 3 of them everyday.
  3. Bowisc

    Bowisc Active Member

    Aug 22, 2002
    Maybe not the "best", but one of my favorite general mics:

    Shure SM-7B.

  4. wwittman

    wwittman Active Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    You might mention what PRICE range you're looking in.
    I mean, if I recommended a U-47 would that be useful? <g>

    Basically I don;t hink it's fruitful to think about it in terms of genres.
    Some rock singers on some kinds of tracks sound great through that aforementioned U-47 and others sound too hi-fi and do better on an SM-7 (or even an SM-57)(ugh)

    It realy comes down to the best mic for the SINGER rather than for the "style".
    Most records, i think you'll find, were recorded with the vocals on big diaphragm condensor mics, irrespective of musical style.
    the exceptions get mentioned because they ARE exceptions.
  5. lowdbrent

    lowdbrent Guest

    If you want to purchase a mic in anticipation of these vocal styles, I would say the you have the cart in fornt of the horse.

    If it were me, I would find a store with a large selection, and arrange some demo time, or locate a rental house to rent an assortment.

    Mics are like eyeglass. You can't use the same formula on everyone, reguardless of style.

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