Best vocal Mic Under $1000
Old 14th December 2006
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Best vocal Mic Under $1000

Hi! Can you tell me which mic do you consider the best vocal mic under a $1000 bucks?

I was thinking the blueberry.
any other opinions?
Old 14th December 2006
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It kinda depends on the vocalist and style, but on the list of mics to try should be the AT4060 (you can get a demo/used for well under $1K) and the SM7 which is WELL under $1K. Some like the MXL V67 or some of the other AT mics.

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ksm 27

I've had great success with vocals using a ksm27 which you can find for around $300 most places....

I dunno about "best", but it's certainly "excellent."
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and the SM7 which is WELL under $1K.
Yup. A SM7 should be mandatory.
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Hi! Can you tell me which mic do you consider the best vocal mic under a $1000 bucks?
Well, there's no way I've tried them all but I reckon the Microtech Gefell M930 would not be out of place on any sub-$1000 short-list of excellent vocal mics. In fact, make that sub-$2000.
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ksm 44
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Well, there's no way I've tried them all but I reckon the Microtech Gefell M930 would not be out of place on any sub-$1000 short-list of excellent vocal mics. In fact, make that sub-$2000.
It's a lovely mic, but it's not quite sub-$1000, not in the US, anyway. About $1150 last time I checked.
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I would add the Sennheiser 441 and Audio-Technica 4047 to the mics already named.
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I have a Mojave MA-200 made by David Royer of Royer labs...I really like it and it is very flexible and has a sweet, thick tube sound. I've used it for V/O's, male vocal, acoustic guitar, rap vocal all with excellent little if no eq'ing on most.

It's $995.00 I didn't find anyone that lowered the price.

Good luck
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I'll second the Mojave..thumbsup thumbsup
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I consider the Gefell M930 is a gret mic and I was so surprised with the Mojave mics!! very nice sounding mics!
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The new re-designed ADK Hamburg IIau and Vienna IIau. The Vienna is brighter. I just got the Hamburg ($995 street) and it's really warm and thick. Probably more for a Sinatra style sound.
The Heil PR40 is in the SM7 ballpark. Just used it today on a rock male vocal, and it was perfect. Better than a couple of LDC's, including the Hamburg, which was just not in-your-face enough for that application, although I suspect the Vienna would have been perfect. (I could only afford one of the ADK's.)
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Sm7b
Maudio Sputnik
Mojave Ma200
AT 4060

there's the short list, IMO. Unless theyr'e nasal...then add in an old 414.
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The Sputnick ?

What's the deal with that one Pop?
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For some time now, I've had too much money on my account and I've tried to find ways of curing that. I looked for a good vocal condensor but no matter what I tried, nothing sounded as good as my SM7B. It's just impossible to beat it, at least for my voice.
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The SM7B is pretty far out man... it is super dry sounding and up front in your face. as long as that's what you want I would most certainly vote for that mic. Check out RODE... some of the lesser expensive NT series actually have the same exact IDENTICAL capsules as the more expensive models, they just have less flippy knobs and features. MXL also has a pretty nice tube mic in that price range thats a little more colored. KSM 44 which is actually more natural and flat sounding... yeah... there's a bunch. They all sound different and you really need to find the one that works for YOU.
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SHEESH, WHAT AN UGLY MIC!!!
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For small voices the KSM44 is incredible.
For big voices the SM7 is the one (for rock or dense mixes too).
For a warm-silky tone go for the AT4047.

You can go with what you need now or try to cover more ground with two.


Recently I got the MXL-V6, I'm amazed. That's my favorite non expensive mic right now; warm and very open at the same time. I like it even for small percussion (like shakers) and steel guitars. thumbsup


I would go with a MXL-V6 and SM7 combo (about $700).
Good luck


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Sputnik

SHEESH, WHAT AN UGLY MIC!!!
Agreed. FUgly. It's actually fuglier in person. But, I can't deny it has a cool sound. I can't think of many $600 mics that I feel comfortable making a whole record with....
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SHEESH, WHAT AN UGLY MIC!!!
I think it's stunningly beautiful!

Nice personality too!
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If I had $1000, I'd buy:

Shure sm7 - $300
Octavamod - $350(mic+mod)
Some kind of ribbon,
beyer or othewise - $200-300

Another possibility would be a Shure SM7 and a BLUE Dragonfly(~$650).

Those will give you some variety and one of them should work well for you, you won't know till you try it out on your voice. I don't think you can find a truly great vocal mic till you get into the $1500-2000 on up range. i suppose there'll be a lot of people mentioning chinese made mics here but the ones i've heard didn't wow me.
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Red mic type B with B6 or B7 capsule
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FUgly. fuglier
lol Nice word!!!

Is it really that good? Would you describe it?...how do you use it?...where?...when...what......
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MXL V6 for certain voc, MP3 sample

I like MXL V6 for certain voice, good for slow songs, check out MP3 Karaoke background music and my co-workers voice, only one take. Pops and clicks are from the bad CD.SANAY MAULIT V7 CLIP.mp3
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Is it really that good? Would you describe it?...
You have to define "that" good.

It's brightish...slight down low, but with a warm proximity boost when you get up on it...distinct mid bump that doesn't seem to get harsh or boxy at all--but, tracks sit nicely foward. They said they were trying to combine the C12 and U47...I would say this leans more in the C12 direction...

Mostly, though...I don't know how to describe it. I have never really hear a multipattern LDC under $3k I was as impressed with. FWIW. If you're in the market for a multipattern LDC in that range, I'd check it out. I'm undecided on the role it would play in my little self gratification studio...but, if I had a commercial studio, I'd grab a pair without too much thought. I mean, a pair of nice sounding tube multipatter LDCs for $1200? You might find a pair of used 414s for that ballpark--these have more character than straight 414s...now, i suppose whether you like their character or not--whole different story.

I will say, on the down side...compared with the $3-4k mics, it does have that "eshy" quality on my voice. It's not awful...but, it is noteworthy. That's a lot of dough to make the occassional vowel cleaner.
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just a warning to all those interesed in the sm7. Please try it befo u buy it and c if u like it. I ordered one last week tried it didnt like it and sold it on ebay straight away .
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just a warning to all those interesed in the sm7. Please try it befo u buy it and c if u like it. I ordered one last week tried it didnt like it and sold it on ebay straight away .
What mic pre did you use with the SM7?
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on a focusrite- i kno its 2 clean and what not (didnt have my ba 1272) but i just didnt like the sound of the mic. I didnt think it was musical enough. Im use to recording evryting on neumanns and consequently i found the sm7 just lacked life. It wasnt a loss tho i got my money back and made a tenner profit. but thats just me i kno alot of people here swear by the thing
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