Compare vocal Microphones

The View from 2005: Most of these microphones are still around, and we’re still doing this kind of work, so I think you may find this test to be of considerable interest. Note how much was involved in conducting the test. I couldn’t get H&SR or any magazine to fund more tests like this, as they are simply way too expensive and time-consuming to conduct on an ongoing basis. This suggests a fundamental flaw in magazine equipment reviews. Be that as it may, we did this test and I think it was quite illuminating. Enjoy! Vocal tracks are the most audible and important elements of a song. The ability of a microphone to translate the essence, the “-ness” of the singer, is a key element in the making of a great recording. So, it stands to reason that microphones that do this well are to be prized. Trade magazine articles often describe various engineers’ and producers’ favorite mics for vocals, from Neumann U47 tube mics to industry standard items like the ElectroVoice RE20, and we all have our ears out for mics that will really hear the soul of the voice that we are trying to coax into the bit-stream of audio.

Meanwhile, the qualities that make a microphone great for vocal work are not all that well understood, and there is, er, a diversity of opinion about the subject. O’Blake (not his real name) says things like, “What you need is a mike with an old-style precious-metal diaphragm to handle low-level signals and let the dynamics of the recording really work.” Meanwhile, O’Laca says, “The proximity effect is so important. The full chestiness that comes from a really pro singer who knows how to work the proximity effect of the mike makes the singer.” O’Wayne says, “Really accurate mikes are boring, especially for singers. You need a mike to have character. A good producer must pick the mike to fit the singer and the song.” O’Ben says, “What really matters is the singer’s attitude and focus. The mike doesn’t really matter a whole lot.” Hmmm.

Therefore, Home and Studio Recording called up eight different manufacturers and invited them to send vocal microphones for a comparison study. The kind of study we did, so far as I know, has never been performed quite this way before. We had the unique combination of loaner microphones, multitrack studio, DAW, TEF 20 analyzer, singers, engineers and producers all in one room, all listening to the same controlled tests referenced against the same standard: the singers themselves!

The microphones we tested are a fairly diverse lot. Due to the nature of the tests themselves, we felt it was necessary to limit ourselves to eight microphones. Obviously, there are many other worthy choices on the market, and our particular selection, while broadly representative, is neither comprehensive nor “best ‘o bunch.” Unless noted, the mics have cardioid polar response.

AKG C3000

You might also like
Buy Behringer ULTRAVOICE XM1800S Dynamic Cardioid Vocal
Buy Behringer ULTRAVOICE XM1800S Dynamic Cardioid Vocal ...
Sennheiser e 945 - Vocal Dynamic Super-Cardioid Microphone
Sennheiser e 945 - Vocal Dynamic Super-Cardioid Microphone ...

Recording gear, studio setup.

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.

Your reasoning for why reverb sounds better

by is_flawed

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

Telefunken Telefunken M80 Dynamic Microphone Dynamic
Musical Instruments (Telefunken)

Samson Meteorite review | USB Microphone | TrustedReviews  — TrustedReviews
The Samson Meteorite is a cracking little portable USB microphone that will be perfect for those that want to take the first step towards higher quality audio recordings. It's incredibly portable, easy to use and provides good quality sound.

Konami Karaoke Revolution Glee: Volume 3 Bundle -Xbox 360
Video Games (Konami)
  • Our Largest Song Lineup - Sing up to 35 of your favorite songs from Season 2 and relive classic scenes from the show
  • Memorable Performances from Season 2 - Perform alongside your favorite GLEE characters in unforgettable performances from episodes including Britney/Brittany, Auditions...
  • All-New Downloadable Content - Extend your gaming experience with additional downloadable songs from the first two releases of Karaoke Revolution Glee
  • Experience GLEE in High Definition - For the first time on Xbox 360, experience all of your favorite GLEE songs and music performances in HD quality
  • Compare Your Rankings with Fellow Gleeks Online - Enjoy new online leaderboards and see your score ranking against other karaoke players from around the world
  • Challenge your friends to an a cappella sing-off in a party mode for up to six crooners
  • Find out where you rank among the other Gleeks around the world with new online leaderboards
  • Immerse yourself in McKinley High like never before as Glee moments pop to life in high-definition for the first time
  • Sing along with 35 of your favorite songs from the second season of Glee, and download additional songs from the first two editions of Karaoke Revolution: Glee
CAD Microphones CAD CAD25A Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone
Musical Instruments (CAD Microphones)
  • Operating Principle: Moving coil dynamic
  • Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
  • Frequency Response: 80Hz to 13KHz
  • Sensitivity: -53dBV (2.3mV) @ 1 Pa
  • Impedance: 500 ohms
Emerson Karaoke Emerson Karaoke Professional Microphone Karaoke
Musical Instruments (Emerson Karaoke)
  • Professional Microphone
Apogee Electronics Corp. Apogee MiC 96k Professional Quality Microphone for iPad, iPhone, and Mac
Musical Instruments (Apogee Electronics Corp.)
  • Studio quality cardioid condenser microphone
  • Designed for vocal and acoustic instrument recording. Also great for recording interviews, podcasts, voice overs, and audio for DSLR video.
  • Up to 96 kHz/24-bit HD recording
  • Works with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac. Lightning and Mac USB cables included.
  • Powered by connection to iPad, iPhone or Mac (no batteries or external power required)

Popular Q&A

What is the best vocal microphone?

A pre amp ADR Vocal Stresser, mic RODE NTK and OKTAVA MK 319 would be best . Thanks and continue to

Related Posts