Studio Vocal Mic

Discussion in 'Vocals' started by johnro, Apr 15, 2005.

  1. johnro

    johnro Guest

    I need to purchase a large condenser studio mic for vocal recording, and I need to do it on a budget. I know mic choice is very subjective, particularly for vocals, but I hope someone out there has some experience. I've considered the Rode NT1 and NT2 (and saw a helpful review in this forum), the Studio Products C1 and C3 (best of the Chinese, according to reviews) and low end AKG and SHure products. I have an Oktava small condenser that's OK, but not great.

    Any opinions?
  2. Marching Ant

    Marching Ant Member

    Aug 14, 2001
    what kinda budget are you looking at??
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    All what you wrote is accurate. Any of those would be a purchase you can make with confidence, although I personally don't care much for the low end AKG stuff. IMO, SP and Rode mics seem to have gotton it right while AKG seems to be resting on their reputation.

    It's subjective which would work best for you ... you need to listen and / or use these mics to really figure out which is best for your use. I know it's hard to do that but it really is the truth that ymmv. None of these are giong to be ideal for all aplications. If you want a best all around mic, I suggest the medium diaphragm mic AT4033 ... a favorite of mine for just about anything.

    My pov is, if you want something that is bright and present ... look to the SP mics ... the Shure KSM series mics will be a bit less strident and the Rodes to me are "super nuetral" sounding which I sometimes find unexciting.

    I'm sure others will chip in here and mention what they hear from these different mics. I'm curious to hear other thoughts on this.

    Like I said, it gets personally subjective in the area of mics ...
  4. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    The budget numbers will make a huge difference in the type of suggestions and brand of mic.
  5. Digger

    Digger Guest

    If you are looking for a good all round condenser I personally love the Rode NT2000 - superb mic !! I just bought a Studio Projects LSD2 which I believe uses the C1 or C2 Capsule (??) and I was very impressed with the sound of that mic. To my ear it seemed to be a tad on the bright side, but that can be good thing for certain applications. If you are strictly looking for a good vocal mic I have spent the time to A/B many high end mics to a Marshall V69 mic (Mogami Edition) and it has come on top on many occassions. The down side is it is mainly a vocal mic so you will lose some flexibility. I hope that helps, thanks.
  6. overlookfran

    overlookfran Guest

    got my ksm44.....cant wait to use it!
  7. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    Ahhhhhhh :p
    a KSM44, please let us all hear about what you think about it overlookfran. After of course you get some time with it
  8. RAIN0707

    RAIN0707 Guest

    Got mine 2 weeks it...had trouble finding a large condenser to go with my voice but the KSM44 has been a savior for me thus far.
  9. anonymous

    anonymous Guests

    Feb 10, 2001
    I want to add one of the KSM44's to my mic collection. Also, I know Kurt Foster and quite a few others on here like the AT 4033. I wouldn't mind having one of each. :)
  10. sammyg

    sammyg Active Member

    Dec 12, 2003

    have you checked out the rode NT2A ( not NT2) ?
    Good reviews and good budget too.

    I used the rode K2 on female vocals into a 737 and thought it sounded quite warm and smooth. Didnt have to do much to it once recorded ( everyone loves that! ).

    good luck,

  11. inLoco

    inLoco Active Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    rode k2
    at 4033
    i bought my akg c414 tlII for 645$ ato 8th street music! great mic! see if you can still find them out there!

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