good and cheap vocal mic

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by gnarr, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. gnarr

    gnarr Guest

    I'm looking for a good and cheap vocal mic. It will be used on all kinds of vocals, all from the highest pithed female vocals to deepest male vocals and metal growling and screams.

    I don't have a big budget as I am a poor student ;) but I would rather prefer that you'd recommend a little expensive mic over a crappy one :) Just the best for the money.

    thanks in advace.
  2. Greener

    Greener Guest

    Sure SM58.

    I was first.
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
  4. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001


    just to be different

    and get a foam sock to fit it
  5. bent

    bent No Bad Vibes! Well-Known Member

    Oct 26, 2007
    Cocoa, FL
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    A little expensive?

    A/T 4033
  6. Crankitup

    Crankitup Guest

    What's your budget?
  7. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Another one for SM58/57.

    Want something better? OK, Beta 58/57.

    Cheap condenser microphones generally sound like cheap condenser microphones. You can't go wrong with a 58 of any variety.

    RIP Tim Russert age, 58.
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  8. gnarr

    gnarr Guest

    well, I have a few SM57's and 58's so I don't really need more of them :) how is the Audio Technica 4033 that bent recommended? I'm not sure if I can get AT mics here in iceland though :\
  9. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    I vote for the AT3035.......if you can get AT mics up there. Maybe you could become the AT sales rep for Iceland!
  10. dickiefunk

    dickiefunk Active Member

    Dec 20, 2006
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    Yeah the AT mics would be a good choice. There are a few other budget LDC's that are worth considering :-

    Oktava MK319
    CAD M177/179
    MXL V67g
  11. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    The Audio Technica mics as a whole completely blow away the mics you have in your list.

    Dont get me wrong I own a MK319 and I love it. It was chosen from several which all had a huge variation of sound from mic to mic. The CAD's are somewhat better and I'm not a fan of the MXL mics.

    It all has to do with quality control. Most of the less expensive condensers have this problem and swing wildly in sound quality from mic to mic.

    Audio Technica mics do not. You could equip a pro studio with only AT mics and depending on outboard gear, could get a great sound under any circumstance as well as musical genre.

    By design, all the models display a particular sound quality and tonal response, so tailoring your collection to particular sources is fairly no-brainer.

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