Most music listeners value quality in a song, and that includes vocals. The dilemma is that coming up with quality vocals for a song is not always easy on your life… or your wallet. Sure we can all walk down to our nearest pawn shop and purchase a decent looking microphone, and it may even sound good after recording yourself.
The bottom line is if you want quality results from your microphone, you need to pay for it. I’ve found from even personal experience the cheaper mic might not be the best choice if you want a great sounding song. The only problem was, I never knew what to look for when shopping for a new microphone. It’s a good thing to educate yourself because you wouldn’t want to waste your money on the wrong mic which can be detrimental your entire studio’s quality.
There are two different types of microphones you’ll need to choose from: dynamic and condenser. A dynamic microphone is ideal for on stage performances because if its durability. It can withstand very high pressure frequencies like from guitar amplifiers which give a great live show experience, but not so much while recording in the studio. There’s no match compared to condenser mics since they lack accuracy.
Condenser microphones are more for recording vocals and instruments. There are two types of condenser mics: small diaphragm and large diaphragm mics. A small diaphragm mic gives you evenly distributed frequencies throughout your vocal. A large diaphragm mic records with more detail and captures a deeper range of sound frequencies.
Today I’ll be going over the best studio microphones for recording vocals.
Also known for its top of the line headphones, AKG brings the C-214 microphone which is an excellent choice for vocal recording. I love the fact that it will reduce the unwanted sounds that resonate from the hardware itself and acurately focuses on the vocals being recorded.
Another great feature it provides is its low noise level capacity which is ideal for recording close to the mic. I can see myself using this one for melodies since I have a lower tone that needs to be recorded right in front of it.
The high quality and durable shock mount and case that it comes with is just another reason to consider getting it. It’s already on my list to have a trial myself.
You can view the $399 price and other details on Amazon.
Being that this microphone is often considered by many to be the world’s greatest microphone, it deserves some consideration. The Neumann TLM-102 is one of the most used microphones within its industry. Although pricey, it stands alone in vocal recording quality as well as various instruments.
This large diaphragm mic reaches a decibel level high of 144 dB! So if you have a guitar amp or loud drums solos you need recorded to perfection, look no further. It comes with a built in pop filter to contain any vocal pressure going into the mic. I couldn’t ask for more! I can literally scream into the mic with a grip of ‘b’ and ‘p’ mouth pressure and still have a crystal clear recording as a result. Amazing.
This incredible mic cost $699 on Amazon.
Be ready for this great tube condenser microphone in its prime. The Rode NTK provides us with a great dynamic range and low noise at the same time. It’s ideal for when you’re desiring a detailed vocal right out of the gate when recording vocals and instruments.
This microphone is priced at $529 on Amazon.
This is the all around industry standard microphone sitting at a great price. Although it’s a condenser mic, it has a great dynamic range and is known for its quietness while recording vocals. Its low decibel levels make it great for recording acoustic guitars, drums, pianos, and other instruments.
Another pro is that it comes with a “Complete Vocal Recording Solution” package giving you various essentials for recording at home. This mic is most definitely on my “to-get” list.
All this excellence for only $229 on Amazon!
Not only is this mic amazing for recording vocals of the legendary Michael Jackson, but it’s great for many recording styles. The Shure SM7B is ideal for up close singing or spoken vocals. What is very impressive to me is that this is a dynamic microphone but is also incredible for studio recording as well as live performances and podcasts.
Having recorded many rock stars in the past, the Shure SM7B picks up plenty of wide range frequencies and is great for screamed rock vocals.
The price of the Shure SM7B on Amazon is $399.
So, which one stands out the most to you? There are plenty more options for microphones out there that are not on this list that you should consider too. I can’t stress it enough to do your research and have your trials which each one. The best way to know if it’s the right one is to try it in your own home studio.
I hope I’ve been able to help answer any questions you had before reading this. I’d love for you to leave some feedback in the comment section below, as well as any questions you have, or if you just want to chime in on the discussion then feel free. I’ll be sure to respond as quickly as possible.