Originally Posted by julia.b
It will be for both male and female soloists.
I already have a vocal mic similar to the SM78, it's a D5 from AKG. But I'm looking at upgrading it because I just purchased the Duet 2 over a cheaper interface and the salesman told me I wouldn't notice the superiority of the Duet 2 if I'm using the D5, and that if I wanted to really hear improvement that I should look into a condenser mic.
If your salesman was a Guitar Center employee, take advice with a grain of salt.
With regard to needing a condenser to notice the difference in your interface, that's simply not true at all. Always keep in mind that a salesman's job is to get you to spend as much money as he/she can.
My old interface was a Tascam FW1884....when I got my new interface (Steinberg MR816), the first mic I plugged in was a dynamic (audix i5) and there was a very noticeable difference in sound quality.
Some very nice mics have been mentioned in this thread at this price point. My top 3 for male/female vocal duty (that I've personally tried) would be...
1. sm7b ($350 new)
2. Tied for 2nd - TLM102 ($500 used) and AT4047 ($350 used)
3. AT4050 ($400 used) - never tried it on female voice, though.
A lot of people also love the KEL mics, but I've never tried one.
Oktava MK319 is also very nice. You can get one new for around $350, I think. I love mine. I would be cautious buying that mic used because Michael Joly of Oktavamod says there were some QC issues with Oktava mics earlier in the last decade as they were going through some changes. Someone at my church just up and gave me the one I have. I've contacted Michael and described mine to him and he has verified it's a genuine "made in Russia" version. At some point I will have him mod it, but it already sounds great.
Anyway, getting back to the point...you don't need
a condenser....but maybe you should get one or a couple anyway. You'll certainly learn a lot about what sounds you like by getting some experience with different models. You'll discover what works best for you