Looking for the best vocal microphone for your DAW home recording studio in 2014?
Out of all the components in the home recording studio, microphones offer the most choices and opinions on which ones are the best.
The good news is every mic we recommend here sounds good. The bad news is they all sound different. Even the same mic will sound different depending on who's using it (male, female, tenor, bass, etc.).
Some mics have a brighter EQ sound, the tube mics add harmonics to the vocal which gives it warmth, and the shure handheld mics are kind of in the middle of sharpness and warmth. Technically, you can get a decent to great sound out of any of these mics. If the vocal track is recorded clean and mixed well, it will sound good.
Note - Remember, you add heavier compression, EQ and effects to the vocal track during the mixing process not during recording. You're stuck with whatever you record so effects are added later. Light compression during recording is fine.
BEST VOCAL MICROPHONE PICKS
The KING of all vocal mics! Thousands of hit songs have been recorded with this mic. Still going strong after more than 40 years, the Neumann U87Ai is a studio staple on vocals and just about everything else. Includes case, shock mount, and cable.
A universal cardioid pattern and extremely low self-noise make the large-diaphragm Neumann TLM 103 well-suited for the home or professional studio.
Basically a solid all-in-one mic. Capture violin, guitar, even kick drum with the high-SPL-handling Shure KSM313/NE ribbon mic - then flip it around to the "bright side" to track vocals.
This mic is an all-around classic performer. You can record vocals and acoustic instruments with it. It's a clear true sounding mic. It does not add warmth like a tube mic.
If your looking for a warmer sounding mic for your vocals, this is a great tube mic. One of the best vocal microphones for the price.
Another classic vocal mic. Millions sold! For the price, you can't beat it. This mic doesn't have the high EQ added to it. If you need a warmer mic but can't afford a tube mic, this will do.
This mic is a great instrument microphone, especially for snare drums, toms, and guitar; but will also double as a good vocal microphone.
Some good advice, but try to keep it simple
If you're not getting a good sound from a singer using a single mic, things like fx and double-tracking aren't going to be able to make a bad track sound good.
I'm not sure how much you need in terms of "basic" advice, but some of the most important things are not directly related to the vocal signal chain.
When recording singers with little studio experience, I find that I always need to put down tape on the floor to show where their feet should be placed ... sometimes they even need to be threatened with physical harm to keep them from swaying side-to-side or (worse) back-and-forth
Think I've finally figured it out. It will
Top my final assembly. The question became which song would define if the stereo was working properly. Basically a simple song, a complex song aurally, a song live with talent, and a song that could tell if each instrument comes through like from the best seat in the house. Now mind you, this was recorded outdoors, and I don't know how the microphones were placed in relation to the stage, but seems on the most scrutinizing playback system, to be a pretty good rendition of what people can do. Being all my CD's are locked up in the CD and DVD changers now, it is available on YouTube submitted by the seeker23 on 1/18/08 of the Who, Young Man Blues (Live at Leeds)