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19th November 2012
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Best mic under $150 used or new suited for vocal recording

Ready to get another mic last one i had was messed up and hissing.That was a ST66 got it from GC started after one week it sounded great before the problem.Thing is i can't find another one for cheap like i did,got that sucker for 139.99.So now i'm ready to get another mic just for vocal purposes. Any suggestions would be good i just need something to hold me over unitl tax time.I can't spend alot,gotta buy christmas gifts you know how that goes lol.

All suggestions and comments are welcome and i appreciate the knowledge you guys can provide.

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Beyer M-69, or any used Studio Projects C series would suit. Lots of choices at that price in the budget Chinese knock-offs though.
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If I could have only one vocal mic in that price range it would absolutely be a Shure SM57.
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Ronan:If I could have only one vocal mic in that price range it would absolutely be a Shure SM57.
Amen to that (although a 58 works pretty good, too!)
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Well im selling a at4040 for 150 .. And its a great mic original price is $299

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+1 on used Oktava MK319. Stock sounds fine.
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A 58 with a really great preamp will surprise you. My personal absolute fave mic amp (of all I`ve tried so far at least) for dynamics is Daking so a 58 and Daking MP1 will get you pretty far, especially with the filters for when you`re eating the mic
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I would suggest a Shure SM57 or SM58. The 58 has the pop filter to it's supposed to be more suited for vocals. But, myself and many other people I know actually use 57's for live and recording vox. You can't beat either of them for the price. The 57 is especially versatile (Great for mic'ing up a guitar amp, or snare, or even HH). You can use mics in many various and unique ways.
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Oh, and maybe you could check out the Gauge ECM-87. Products

I've used it on a couple various projects and imho it sounds AMAZING for vocals. I think it's supposed to be a U-87 knockoff, which makes it like .0000000000000000001% the price lol
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AT 3035 used on the bay is under $150.00 good starter mic for vocals
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I would never use a 57 or 58 for lead vocals in a song, I think the best cheap mic I've used is the Audio Technica AT2020 or the Blue Spark. They're definitely fuller than those dynamic ones... Give them a try!
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IMHO add Electro-Voice EV 635a, or Shure Beta 57a, to the shortlist...

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I would suggest a Shure SM57 or SM58. You can't beat either of them for the price. ways.
You can though. The AKG D5 is a lot better for vocals! Fuller lows and smoother and more extended highs. As long as guitar cab isn't a priority, the AKG D5>Shure SM57. Good for snare drum as well!
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If I could have only one vocal mic in that price range it would absolutely be a Shure SM57.
Plus 1.

A personal favorite is the (omni) Sennheiser MD-21 with lots of gain, but used prices vary.
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I would never use a 57 or 58 for lead vocals in a song!
I am curious why.
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Nothing wrong with the 57/58 at all; it's a matter of learning to work it. (This is coming from a guy who doesn't particularly like them, especially the 58.)

EDIT: although, given your previous microphone, were you looking for the sound the 66 gave you?
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Thanks for all the responses everyone,i had to fall on ole trusty zzsounds installment plan,and got a Cad M9 after doing some research seems to be a pretty good mic.This allows me to take care of my family's Xmas,bills,and still get what i needed.

Again thanks everyone enjoy your holiday season.Please feel free to make suggestions,maybe it'll help some else who needs the same advice !!!
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Thanks for all the responses everyone,i had to fall on ole trusty zzsounds installment plan,and got a Cad M9 after doing some research seems to be a pretty good mic.This allows me to take care of my family's Xmas,bills,and still get what i needed.

Again thanks everyone enjoy your holiday season.Please feel free to make suggestions,maybe it'll help some else who needs the same advice !!!
Definitely a great microphone!
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I would never use a 57 or 58 for lead vocals in a song, I think the best cheap mic I've used is the Audio Technica AT2020 or the Blue Spark. They're definitely fuller than those dynamic ones... Give them a try!
Did you know Bono (from the little band called U2) has used an SM58 on basically every vocal recording he's done.

The 2020 is a piece of crap btw
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Did you know Bono (from the little band called U2) has used an SM58 on basically every vocal recording he's done.
I've always doubted the veracity of that statement.
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sm57, sm58, if you want cheap versatile one. But these ones are better with transformerless mod, which is pretty simple to DIY.
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Ready to get another mic last one i had was messed up and hissing.That was a ST66 got it from GC started after one week it sounded great before the problem.Thing is i can't find another one for cheap like i did,got that sucker for 139.99.So now i'm ready to get another mic just for vocal purposes. Any suggestions would be good i just need something to hold me over unitl tax time.I can't spend alot,gotta buy christmas gifts you know how that goes lol.

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The ST66 hissing is caused by a bad Silver mica capacitor and can be repaired easily.




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The ST66 hissing is caused by a bad Silver mica capacitor and can be repaired easily.


Thanks Mr.Jacobsen but i already sent the sucker back to Guitar Center.This is the second mic i've gotten used from them that was defective.Good prices on used stuff but gotta be weary.
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Did you know Bono (from the little band called U2) has used an SM58 on basically every vocal recording he's done.

Okay. They've stuffed it into what looks like a long-bodied Neumann or similar on the youtube video of "Pride (In the Name Of Love)" and again on what is called the master vocal track for "Unforgettable Fire".
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