At first finding the best recording microphone can be confusing. Your rap studio mic may be different than your friends singing microphone. There are a lot of recording mics out there, and its not always easy picking the best microphone for you. We're here to help you with that!
We will cover some of the best microphone for vocals that you should be looking into. Remember, if you have the opportunity, you always want to test the microphone to hear which one you record and sound the best in.
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Studio Mic - The best vocal microphone
When choosing a recording microphone, your budget will and intention of use will play a big part. Since this post is about recording studio microphone used for vocals, we will not discuss microphones for instruments.
When investing in a microphone for singing, the costs can quickly add up. A professional studio mic can begin at a few thousand dollars and up to tens of thousands. The good news for you is that our team has put together a list of the best professional microphone for vocals that won't break the bank!
If you're starting out looking for a vocal mic, you probably already heard of the Shure SM58. They also have the Shure SM58 wireless which would be more for performing on stage. The brand name Shure is probably already familiar to you, and if it's not, then you might as well start getting comfortable with them because Shure microphones are one of the most popular and widely used singing microphone.
1. Shure SM58
One of the main reasons why the Shure SM58 recording microphone is the number one on the list of studio microphone is because Shure SM58 mics are used everywhere! We have the SM58 at our recording studios in New York and London as well. These mics are durable and used to both in as a studio mic and as a performing microphone! This is one of the mics you will want to have in your professional music and home recording studio. The best part about the Shure SM58 mic is that it's cheap!
2. sE Electronics Magneto
For the $100 dollar price range, the Magneto can be one of the best mics for recording your songs. sE Electronics is a household name in music equipment, and their microphone sE Magneto is a great option if you are on a budget. This mic gives good vocal detail, although the top end can be a bit airy, while the warmth on the mics low end isn't as great as pricier studio mics.
3. AKG D 5
Similar to the Shure SM58, AKG is a known and respected brand when it comes to music and recording studios. This singing microphone can be a great solution for artists who want to invest in a mic that can be used both on stage and at their home studio. This model has a super cardioid pattern that makes the microphone less susceptible to feedback. Combined with a good balance of vocal range and the right sensitivity to capture dynamic extremes, the AKG D 5 performance can be quite a bit more accurate than their competitor, the SM58.
4. Rode M3
Similar to the above microphones, Rode is a company that needs no introduction when it comes to music equipment. The Rode M3 condenser mic has a small diaphragm and its generally great for multiple things. Not only can you record vocals, but also instruments. On top of that, the Rode M3 is very easy to carry with you on the go! You can use a 9V battery or phantom power, which adds flexibility to this microphone. I myself have a Rode mic, but not this one.
These last microphones are the best, but they still won't break the bank and will provide you with the professional recording quality you are looking for. Keep in mind, you will probably want and need to end up owning a few different microphones for different reasons. Again, it all depends on what your intention is. Are you an artist looking to record vocals by yourself or are you looking to build a production and recording studio? Many of the microphones mentioned here are the exact models that we are using in our recording studio and that top music industry artists and producers are using as well!
5. Neumann TLM 103
Neumann are considered one of the best companies in music equipment. Their microphones are legendary in terms of quality, durability and preference. The TLM 103 gives a bit of a lighter pop feeling to the voice. Although this microphone is a bit more expensive than the first 4, if it is within your budget, I would highly recommend it. It is a big step up from the lower budget microphones, while still under $1,000 dollars. This is one of my favorite microphones to record with. We have this one in both of the studios in New York and London, and the U47 and the TLM 103 are my mics of choice. Like many things in music, microphones are subjective, and just because I may like how I sound in them, that doesn't mean other microphones won't make you sound great too. However, Neumann are known to have the best microphones and these are definitely worth the investment.
6. Shure SM7B
This microphone is found everywhere too! From music studios to tv and radio, you will find this studio mic as a favorite by many! The Shure SM7B is a dynamic microphone with a wide range frequency, giving you a clean and natural sound. This is a great investment if you can't afford a Neumann but you still want to upgrade your music gear from the $100 price range. The good thing about these microphones is that you will always have an use for them. As your budget grows and you build your recording studio, a lot of these microphones will remain with you for years if you take good care of them and over the years that pays off by saving you money and giving you flexibility in your recording capabilities.
7. Neumann U47
Originally I wasn't going to include anything about this vocal microphone in this post because the intention is to keep the recommendations within a budget that anyone can afford. However, when talking about the best recording microphone, it would feel wrong not to mention the U47. This microphone is just about as good as it gets and it's in every professional studio. The price for this mic may be above your home studio budget, but if you are looking for the best microphone to record your vocals, this is it! Check it out, put it on your Christmas list and work hard on your music so that you can afford this microphone! And yes, this is definitely one of the best microphones for vocals if not the best period.
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