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Vocal Mic for a mid range female
Old 2nd April 2012
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Vocal Mic for a mid range female

I need a better microphone for recording my vocals. I'm a folk/ acoustic style singer songwriter. Mid range, with a touch of sibilance.

Here is what I sound like:

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I'm currently using an Apogee ONE internal mic, and I want to step up to something better. I want a mic that I can just plug in to my apogee ONE XLR Input. Any mic suggestions under $600?

Old 2nd April 2012
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With that budget, you have many choices. Take your time, continue to seek opinions, but most of all see if you can demo, borrow, or even rent a few to try out for yourself. Ideally, you will find a mic that suits your voice, and will make you happy for many years to come.
I'd certainly look at Neumann 104 and 105, a bit "airy" but not too sibilant, and excellent sounding mics. I'm unfamiliar with your interface, the Neumanns require phantom power, as do many high-quality vocal mics.
Sennheiser also makes some great vocal mics, from the venerable 441 ("Stevie Nicks" mic) which is expensive but can be found used, up to their modern 800 and 900 series.
Those could all be contenders, but you should try to demo a few and see for yourself. My 2c, HTH.
Old 3rd April 2012
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Very pretty voice!

Other vocal mics to seriously consider on your shortlist IMHO;

1) Studio Projects CS series (excellent neutral-ish LDC ala AT4050)
2) Electro-Voice EV 635a (occasionally used at Motown for Lead/BGV's FWIW)
3) Blue Baby Bottle (relatively the "darkest" toned of these 3)
4) Electro-Voice RE15 (out of current production-can you tell I'm a huge fan of EV mics)

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