Need a new vocal mic under 500. Any suggestions? Avantone CV-12? SM7b?

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by jonnystevens, May 6, 2010.

  1. jonnystevens

    jonnystevens Guest

    I am looking for a new vocal mic. I currently have a rode ntk but not crazy about it. Seems a little to harsh. Any suggestions for under 500 dollars?
    (style is similar to coldplay/u2 stuff.)

    I was considering the shure sm7b or avantone cv-12. Any other suggestions or thoughts?

  2. jonnystevens

    jonnystevens Guest

    or should I just keep my rode ntk?
  3. rmsaudio

    rmsaudio Active Member

    Apr 25, 2004
    I really like the Studio projects C1 - C1 - Studio Recording Microphone. For the money, I think it sounds really nice. I've used it on male and female vocals in a variety of locations (small rooms, and large areas like churches etc). I've tried it a few times on guitar and horns (Sax and Trumpet) and it does a good job there too. It's not a "Flat" sounding mic though. It has a lively sound.

    I just checked the specs on your NTK. That looks like a nice mic! High SPL handling. Sound wise, I'm not sure how much it would differ from the Studio Projects C1. Maybe someone in this forum has had experience with both microphones?
  4. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    I've been thinking of getting the Shure SM7B as a vocal mic...$350 new.
    I've read many forum posts about this being a great vocal mic...and I'm very interested in reading the recommendations here from the experts.
  5. mrmelody

    mrmelody Active Member

    Sep 16, 2009
    SE Ohio
    I'd go to ebay and get a AT4033.
    A good preamp with it would be preferable, but a good clean phantom power would work if you don't want to spend anymore.

    i've heard good things out of a CAD M9 - Also on Ebay new. Comes with power supply.
  6. soapfloats

    soapfloats Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2008
    Cincinnati, OH
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    From all accounts I've heard, that Rode is a fine mic.
    For less than 500, you have to look at the SM57, 58 7b, Senn 421, and maybe the Bluebird.
    I own them all but the 7b. On my wishlist.
    I'm thinking if you don't like the Rode, you don't want a condenser? (definitely no Bluebird in that case)

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