Vocal microphones

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  1. Dave_Death

    Dave_Death Well-Known Member

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    What do people here recommend for vocal microphones? I am looking for something that will do a good job live and in the studio, preferably good for live work when the person doing vocals is also playing and maybe not holding the microphone up to his/her mouth with the mic on a stand
     
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    I can't think of one that does both jobs. For live work you can't go wrong with a Shure SM58. In the studio I would recommend a good condensor like a Rode NT-1A. You can get better, but only for a lot more money.
     
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    Look up the AKG C214 at this link...

    http://www.akg.com/pro/p/c214

    Very nice lead vocal microphone and I just happen to a like new one for sale! They are $400 new and I'm letting mine go for $200...
     
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    dunno about studio, but live i've been using a shure beta 58a for about 2 years now. highly recommended
     
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    Live - Electro Voice N/D767a (my fav and everybody else's that I've put it in front of), SM58, Beta58, etc.
    Studio - on the cheap, MXL V67g - Cheesy look but great sound for $100 or so, but the sky is the limit on studio condensor mics.
    Live mics work well in the studio too. I've recorded some industrial screamo vocals for a guy using a Beta58 that came out very good.
     
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    I figure I can probably use a nice condenser mic in the studio if I ever get around to recording in a serious studio. So far recordings have been quite cheap affairs, so the recommendation of the Beta58 for both is very helpful, thanks, especially as my vocal style is probably not too far away from that.
     
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    you have to pick a price point but there are several hand held condensers $250 to $700 that are useful... i use a rode s-1 for one take live studio sessions or a singer has to hold the mic...

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    When I was recording live groups, my go to mic for the lead vocals was a Rode NT3. Excellent super cardiod pattern and smooth, sparkling condenser sound that could actually be turned up loud enough for the house sound with very little bleed from other sources.
     
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