Best recording Microphones for vocals

neumann u87 vocal recording microphoneSo what is the best microphone for recording vocals at home? When it comes to recording vocals there is only one thing we’re usually looking for; great sounding vocals. And generally speaking, the better the equipment, the better sounding the vocals will be. One important aspect of recording vocals is that certain mics will work better with certain vocalists and certain tracks, so there isn’t a universal mic for vocal, which means that ideally, you should have a selection of superb microphones that you can try out on every vocalist who passes through your bedroom. In the real world this is highly impractical unless you have that kind of budget. When working at home, chances are you will buy one microphone to do most of your recordings, so you will need a good all round mic.

There are 3 common types of microphones that are normally used for recording vocals, Condenser, Dynamic and Ribbon. Although we have seen a revival of Ribbon mics lately that can sound great on vocals and many instruments, we wouldn’t recommend this route, as it won’t be suitable for all applications. So let’s consider the two other options. Condenser microphones (such as a Neumann U87) sound better than dynamic microphones (such as a Shure SM58) with most vocalists. This is largely because they pick up far more detail than a dynamic mic from the vocalist’s performance and will flatter the sound of the vocalist, which is desirable most of the time.

The Neumann U87 is one of the most used microphone in the recording industry and works well with most voices and with most instruments, however it doesn’t come cheap. There are of course other alternatives as you have now a wide choice of budget mic on the market which will give you good results. Generally, condenser mics with a large diaphragm work best for vocals. Prices vary greatly and typically the more expensive ones will give you a more detailed sound, however as we have highlighted before, it is difficult to make a rule as it will depends on the type of vocalists you work with.

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by TitoMakani

Hey there,
So i finally invested in some recording software and bought a lexicon Lambda and I'm currently running it through Cubase 4. While it's working out great so far, i need to buy some new microphones to record vocals, acoustic guitar and banjo, and possibly drums? Well anyway, what are the best microphones/deals around and what should i look into getting? or am i better off buying an acoustic pickup for guitar/banjo and buying a mic just for vocals.
Any opinions or input, go for it.

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It's really very simple- a sound recording is an artificial reproduction of a live event occurring in front of sound transducers (microphones), much the same way a photograph is a representation of what was happening in front of the camera lens, which is an optical transducer of sorts.
Like any mechanical recording/reproduction there will be inaccuracies- cameras take in the four dimensions of height, width, depth and time (shutter speed) and and render them in a two dimensional photo format. Sound recordings take spatial information and try to put it all into a multiple channel format that can only approximate reality

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The best microphone for recording vocals?

I'll also throw in a recommendation for the MXL 990 (holy crap, MF has them for $50 now?? Buy a dozen). I don't think you'll find a more capable vocal mic for a home studio without spending way, way more money than it's worth. Honestly, depending on what you intend to use the projects for, you can get away with using a lot of cheap Chinese equipment in a home studio. To me, it just doesn't make sense to use top-of-the-line mics in a sub-standard space (apologies if your home studio is acoustically perfect; most of us don't have that luxury).

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