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

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by malamusik, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. malamusik

    malamusik Guest

    any advice??


  2. bpatram

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  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    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.
  4. RRRecords

    RRRecords Active Member

    Jul 22, 2006
    you can try an Rode NT-1000, great mics and very quiet too.. Very easy to work with.. its a condensor mic aswell
  5. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    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.
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