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What is the Best Microphone for under $500?

Updated on August 4, 2014

Find the Right Microphone at the Right Price


Finding the right microphone can be tricky. Particularly if, like me, you're not 'the greatest singer in the world'. I've had my Home Recording Studio up and running for just over a year now, and I'm on my third vocal microphone with another one picked out.

Over the past year, I've done a lot of research into microphones. I created this lens, so I could share that research with all of you. Hopefully it'll save you time and money.

To make it easier for you to find a microphone that fits your budget, I've split the lens into five price ranges : under $25, under $50, under $100, under $200 and under $500.

For each price range, I've created a purpose built Top Five List based on the Highest Rated microphones currently selling on Amazon. I followed this up with Customer Reviews, Video Demos and a quick and easy Pros and Cons List for the Number One Microphone.

When I first started building my Home Recording Studio, I wasn't 100% clear on the differences between a Dynamic and Condenser microphone. I did the research and slowly started to understand the differences, both dramatic and more subtle. I've included summaries of this research here.

I've also added my own personal Quick Tips that cover a wide range of Microphone Related Topics. The Quick Tips allow you to scan down the lens and get the gist of the information, without having to read every single word.

If you have any comments or suggestions, feel free to add them in the comment box at the end of this lens.

Microphone Image by Tanki

Which Microphone is Best for Me?

The Basics

Rather than try to explain the technical do-dahs of Microphones (which will leave us all with headaches), let's focus instead on the practical realities of Microphone use : put simply, a Microphone is a piece of kit that takes an acoustic sound or noise and turns it into an electrical signal.

This electrical signal is then carried via cable to any number of devices, ranging from PAs, Analogue Recorders to Digital Recorders (via some type of Audio Interface). The type of Microphone you use will depend on the characteristics of the acoustic sound you're trying to capture. The type of device the Microphone connects to, will depend on what you are trying to do with that captured sound.

Dynamic Vs Condenser

Which is Best for Me?

Broadly speaking, there are two types of Microphone most commonly used today - either in the professional world or domestic one : Dynamic Microphone and Condenser Microphone

*There is a third type of Microphone, called a Ribbon Microphone. However these are not used that commonly, because they are delicate and therefore difficult to work with. It is unlikely in the 'under $500' price range (that we are focused on in this lens), a Ribbon Microphone would ever be a good solution for your sound recording needs.

Throughout this lens we will be concentrating on either Dynamic Microphones or Condenser Microphones. Though in reality, Condenser Microphones tend to occupy the more expensive price ranges. Most, if not all, domestic sound recording requirements can be met by a Dynamic Microphone. This is also true of a considerable proportion of Home Recording Studio needs. Though in regard to this second situation, opinions are far more divided.

Which is the Best Type of Microphone?

Which type of Microphone do you use?

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What is the Best Microphone for under $25?

Quick Tips : Price

Lo Cost Mics :Don't expect too muchKeep it simpleBe realisticMid Range Mics :Expect moreCheck ToneCheck ImpedancePro Range Mics :Expect a lotFits your StyleFits your Technique

Behringer XM8500 : Customer Reviews - Number One Microphone for under $25

Let's take a look at the Number One Microphone for under $25 : Behringer XM8500.

A super low budget 'cheap as chips' Microphone for less than $25. This Microphone is modeled on the legendary Shure sm58 (A Mic I use myself in my Home Recording Studio). The question is, have Behringer been successful?

*I like to read actual customer reviews. It is always useful to hear what people who have bought and used the Microphone have to say.

After reading through all the customer reviews on Amazon, I feel these quotes are the most representative of Customer Feedback. I hope they will help inform your decision.

Quick Tips : Check List

For Everyone :Read Customer ReviewsCheck Cable TypeHow is it Powered?For Home Studios :Dynamic or CondenserDirectional?Check ImpedanceFor Pros :Consider ToneSuits Style / GenreFits your TechniqueMatches your Kit

Behringer XM8500 : Video Demos

Behringer XM8500

Good for :Home AudioKaraokePartiesOK for :WeddingsPub QuizesBiz PresentationsDJsLo Cost StudiosBad for :Pro Studios

What is a Dynamic Microphone?

Introduction

Once again let's stay away from the technical do-dahs of Microphones, and instead focus on what matters : how you use them. Dynamic Microphones are, if you like, 'bread and butter' Microphones : they tend to be stronger, more robust than their Condenser Microphone counterparts and are therefore used for a lot of stage / live work.

The quality and specific recording characteristics of a Dynamic Microphone varies depending on Make, Design and Price. There are, however, on number of basic characteristics that are true for all Dynamic Microphones.

Directional

'Directional' refers to a Microphone with a narrow field of 'pick up'. If you think about the recording range of your Microphone as a circle of light being projected from the end of the Mic (much like the light coming from a torch), a Directional Microphone projects a smaller circle of light. The Microphone 'hears' less of the world around it.

This Directional Quality is very useful for any situation where there's a lot of ambient noise or interference, you don't want to record (or failing that, at least cut down). This makes Dynamic Microphones well suited for live stage work, as there is always a lot of other noises going on at the same time. From a domestic audio point of view, a Dynamic Microphone is perfect for Karaokes and event PAs on special occasions : such as Weddings, Parties, Quiz Nights etc.

Bass

Let's go back to the idea of a Directional Microphone being like a torch projecting a smaller circle of light. Just like a torch - the closer you are to the light source, the smaller the projected circle will be and, conversely, the further away you are from the light source, the larger the projected circle will be. Not only that - but the closer you are, the brighter the projected circle will be and, conversely, the further away, the duller the projected circle will be.

What does this all mean for a Dynamic Microphone? Assume you're recording someones voice using a Dynamic Microphone : if the vocalist stands close to the Mic, the sound recorded will have a lower level of ambient interference and a thicker, more bass sound. If the vocalist stands away from the Mic, the sound recorded will have a higher level of ambient interference and a thinner, less bass sound.

There is not, per say, a right or wrong in Microphone positioning, and certainly different positions will suit different situations and different voices - but in general closer is better. The closer the vocalist to the Mic, the tighter, cleaner and crisper the recording will sound.

*There is a risk that 'too close micing' may create too much bass and make the recording sound dull and lifeless. This is something to be aware of when using Dynamic Microphones, but signal strength and clarity are always going to trump a little too much bass. After all, that's why God gave us EQ ;-)

Solid Build

*As with all products, build quality is very important - particularly in making sure you get value for money : the longer something lasts, the bigger the return on your investment.

Microphones are no different in this regard. Although it might be an idea for a beginner, new to world of recording, to first buy a cheap Microphone, in order to learn some Recording Techniques - ultimately, you are going to want to buy a Microphone that does a job for you over a period of years and beyond.

Dynamic Microphones tend (and indeed should) have a high level of build quality. They are usually very solid Microphones, made from durable materials such as metals and treated plastics. The design of a Dynamic Microphone makes it possible to 'house the recording element' within a chunky body. This makes them, once again, perfect for live stage work.

*I wouldn't start throwing your Dynamic Microphone around, but should it take a knock or two - its recording quality should remain uneffected.

What is clear, is that a Dynamic Microphone will always take far more punishment than a Condenser Microphone.

Handheld

There are two ways to 'hold' a Microphone : You can either place the Microphone on a stand (typical for Studio work), or you can hold the Microphone in your hand (more the thing for live work).

Dynamic Microphones are almost always built to work as handheld Mics. They are very 'grip-able' Microphones. It may not sound like a lot, but would you really want to work with a Microphone you were constantly worried about dropping?

Importantly, the act of holding a Dynamic Microphone does not muffle or interfere with its recording performance. There is plenty of room on the body of the Microphone to get your hand round it, without touching or blocking the Microphone head.

This is another reason why Dynamic Microphones are heavily favored for Live Work.

Summing Up

I've focused a lot on Dynamic Microphones being used for Live Recording. It's important to note, they are also very useful for Studio Recording. A Dynamic Microphone does not 'need' to be handheld. It is absolutely possible to place them on Microphone Stands. Equally, they can do a top notch job of recording studio vocals.

*Though, this second point is a little dependant on the type of vocalist and tone / genre your are trying to record. Dynamic Microphones will not do every job in a Studio. Condenser Microphones are more typically consider the Microphone of choice when working in a studio.

The Dynamic Microphone is King of the Stage, the Gig, the Live Show. It's a tough, rough and tumble Microphone with a chunky, bass sound. A street punk - all attitude and guts. Rock hard with it, it will always be able to rock harder.

Are Dynamic Vocal Microphones only for Live?

Do you only use a Dynamic Vocal Microphone for Live?

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What is the Best Microphone for under $50?

Quick Tips : Stage Mics

Has to be :RobustHandheldReliableDirectionalXLR CompatibleHelps to be :Standard Make & Model*Low ImpedanceWide Dynamic Range*So Sound Engineers know it

GLS ES-57 : Customer Reviews

Let's take a look at the Number One Microphone for under $50 : GLS ES-57.

A low cost multi purpose mic modeled on the Sure SM57. Designed to be used for micing Instruments and Vocals alike. Priced significantly lower than the Sure SM57, the GLS ES-57 is a direct and very intentional low cost alternative to its inspiration (the name of the mic is clue to that, if nothing else).

*I like to read actual customer reviews. It is always useful to hear what people who have bought and used the Microphone have to say.

After reading through all the customer reviews on Amazon, I feel these quotes are the most representative of Customer Feedback. I hope they will help inform your decision.

Quick Tips : Cables

For Domestic Audio :Mini Jack / Jack (TRS)Phono (RCA)For Computer Direct In :Mini JackUSBPhono (RCA)For Studio :XLRLow ImpedanceAs Short as PossibleFor LiveXLRVariety of Lengths*For Cable Type :Match Inputs to your Kit

GLS ES-57 : Video Demos

GLS ES-57

Good for :All Domestic AudioBiz PresentationsDJsWeddingsPub Quizes etc.OK for :Live InstrumentsStudio InstrumentsLive VocalsBad for :Pro Live VocalsAll Studio VocalsPro Instruments

What is a Condenser Microphone?

Introduction

Because this lens focuses on Microphones priced under $500, I feel it's important to point out that Condenser Microphones do not make up a large share of this particular market. If you take a moment to look at the Number One Rated Microphones in each Price Range, you'll see that there are all Dynamic Microphones.

That is not to say, there are no affordable, quality Condenser Microphones for under $500. At the time of writing this, the Rode NT1A and NT2A Condenser Microphones retail at $299 and $402.97 on Amazon.com. Both these Condenser Microphones receive very positive feedback when reviewed.

Condenser Microphones, however, require much more Acoustic Room Treatment (a point I'll return to in detail later) than Dynamic Microphones. This means they carry 'extra hidden costs'. You can't simply set up a Condenser Microphone in an untreated acoustic space and hope it will sound Studio Quality. You'll get a very high quality recording of just how bad the acoustics are in your Recording Space.

Don't jump for a Condenser Microphone just because 'that's what the Pros use'. A high quality Dynamic Microphone will do a great job for you, without the need for as much acoustic treatment (though, it will certainly benefit from some).

*To 'put my money where my mouth is', so to speak : I've had my eye on a Rode NTK Condenser Microphone for months now, but the Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone will be the next Mic I buy. Why? I feel it represents a more natural evalution from the Mics I have now : The Shure SM58 and Sennheiser e845 Microphones. I also feel the Shure SM7B will better suit my voice (a very important consideration when considering a mic). It will also allow me to build my Acoustic Treatment slowly over time. This is easier on my budget and allows me to learn as I go.

There is no doubt Condenser Microphones do jobs that Dynamic Microphones are simply not capable of doing, and you may well need that for your set up. There is, however, also no doubt Condenser Microphones are harder to work with. You need to decide if that extra work is worth it, in terms of your own individual recording needs.

Omnidirectional

Let's go back to how we talked about Directional Dynamic Microphones : we described them as being like a torch, projecting a specific circle of light. The circle used to represent the Directional Microphone's field of pick up (what it records). If a Directional Dynamic Microphone is light a torch, then a Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone is much more like a bare bulb : it projects light almost all directions.

The real world consequence of this, is that (as I have already said) Condenser Microphones require Acoustic Treatment to 'shape' their field of pick up. Without Acoustic Treatment the Condenser Microphone, will record from all corners of your recording space. In pure audio signal terms, the recording will be of high quality. Your recording subject, however, will sound as though you recorded them in a cave.

Omnidirectional Microphones are not all bad though, otherwise, why would anyone use them? You can for example, record more than one singer with an Omnidirectional Microphone. A singer also has far greater choice of position relative to the Microphone. With a Condenser Microphone it is possible to 'sing into space' and the mic will happily record it. This is a far more natural way of singing, as it allows the voice to 'breath'.

*When I'm singing into my Shure SM58 Microphone, I am basically 'eating' the foam of the Mic Windscreen. Even for a hardcore Rock n' Roller like myself :p , this is not an ideal way to sing. It also makes it impossible to control unwanted additional sounds, such as intakes of breath etc.

What is the Best Microphone for under $100?

Quick Tips : Power

Dynamic Mics :Require no External PowerPowered by Picking Up SoundCondenser Mics :Require PowerThree Types :BatteryMains SupplyPhantom Power*Double check Mic Power TypeNever take a chanceAlways be Sure

Shure SM58-LC : Customer Reviews - Number One Microphone for under $100

Let's take a look at the Number One Microphone for under $100 : Shure SM58-LC.

The legend - Cue 2001 : A Space Odyssey Music ...an Ape flings the Shure SM58 as high into the sky as he can - CUT - the Shure SM58 is now in orbit around Earth. It glows Lava-red as it blazes on reentry - BOOM! - the Shure SM58 crash lands backstage in the dressing room of Kilt wearing frontman / lunatic, Axl Rose. Axl picks up the still white hot Shure SM58, fits the biggest Mic Windscreen known to humanity and takes to the stage : 'Do you know where you are?! ...You're in the Jungle Baby! You're gonna die!' The Shure SM58 performs as if brand new and straight out of the box.

The industry standard, the workhorse, the Shure SM58 is the go to mic for stage and studio alike. At the time of writing this (Summer 2012), it's still early doors for my Recording Studio - I have two mics : a six month old Sennheiser e845 and a eh... spent the last ten plus years unprotected, rolling around in a box (don't know how old it is), Shure SM58. I always use the Shure SM58, never the Sennheiser e845**.

*I like to read actual customer reviews. It is always useful to hear what people who have bought and used the Microphone have to say.

After reading through all the customer reviews on Amazon, I feel these quotes are the most representative of Customer Feedback. I hope they will help inform your decision.

**The Sennheiser e845 is a very good Mic. It has a lovely tonal range, better than the Shure SM58 (in my opinion), but it's output is too low for my current set up. Even with the Pre Amps on my Yamaha MR816x, there's not enough signal strength and I have to use a virtual Amp - which adds gain. The Shure SM58 doesn't need this, though only just.

In the interests of absolute clarity and fairness, my system lacks a designated vocal pre amp. Plus the mic cable I'm currently using is high quality and low impedance, but I suspect a better cable (Monster for example) may help the problem. It's on my list, but - you know with Recording Studios - so little money, so many toys to buy ;-)

Quick Tips : Pop Shields

Pop Shields for :Studio RecordingLarge Diaphragm MicsStand BasedWindscreens for :Live RecordingSmall Diaphragm MicsHandheldVideo MicsBoom Mics

Shure SM58-LC : Video Demos

Shure SM58-LC

Good for :Stage VocalsAmp MicingPAsDJsOK for :Studio VocalsDrum MicingBad for :Classical VocalsMicing String Instruments

Acoustic Treatment Vs Sound Proofing

Let's start by making an important distinction : Acoustic Treatment is not the same as Sound Proofing.

Sound Proofing is the act of making a room fully shielded from any outside / unwanted noise whatsoever. This is a massively expensive act and, in true terms, impossible without a custom built space, constructed to an extremely high standard. Modern Recording Studio are 'rooms within rooms', air locked from the outside world. They spend a fortune on Specialised Air Conditioning Units, Power Systems and Lighting. Every possible source of 'sound pollution' is isolated and controlled. You do not need to do all of this to use a Condenser Microphone. You do not need to fully soundproof a room to achieve a professional level of audio recording.

*Though you do need to understand the limitations of a home set up. Pro studios do not spend huge sums of money on Sound Proofing because they want to. They, like any other business, must work to a budget. They spend the money, because they have to. Particular acts of recording require the absolute highest standards of sound proofing possible - for example, sampling individual Piano strings.

If you keep things simple, a good, well thought out Acoustic Set Up will serve you extremely well. You only have to understand the realities and consequences of your set up.

Acoustic Treatment : Different Types

Acoustic Treatment is the act of shaping, softening and absorbing ambient sound. The degree to which you do this can vary depending on your needs and budget. You do not need, for example, to treat your entire Recording Studio. You can get away with treating a space within the Studio, depending on your needs. Let's a quick look at the different levels of Acoustic Treatment :

A Vocal Space : This is the cheapest, easiest form of Acoustic Treatment and should probably be your starting point, regardless of where you want to end up. Put simply, you create a 'soft' space for recording vocals. The advantage of this approach, is that it can be done with a relatively small amount of Acoustic material and, therefore, a relatively small outlay of cash.

Notice that I do not say, 'Vocal Booth'. Like many people beginning a Home Recording Studio, I thought I would need a Vocal Booth. Upon further research, it became clear this was not the case. Though useful, Vocal Booths (particularly if on the small side) create a very 'dead sound'. Home Recording Studios are, in general, simply not big enough to justify the need for a Vocal Booth. In fact, a simple (and much much cheaper) 'L-Shaped' bracket of Acoustic Material from top of head to chest (of the singer) will do very well to help shape and soften the sound.

An Acoustic Studio : There are many graduations between a Vocal Space and the acoustic treatment of your whole studio, but they are for another lens. Let's quickly look at some of the things you can do to treat your entire Home Recording Studio :

1. Rooms tend to be square or rectangular in shape. This produces sharp corners, shape corners are no good for recording. Placing Acoustic Absorption Pillars in the corners of your Studio will soften out the total sound shape.

2. Tiled and wooden floors are very fashionable at the moment, but not so good for sound recording. Even one rug will make a big difference to the sound quality of a room.

3. Windows are bad news : they're a big source of noise polution, but also glass reflects sound in a harsh way. Heavy curtains will help a lot in this regard. If you have the budget, you can even go as far as Acoustic Blankets (the kind you'd see on Construction Sites to cut down noise pollution).

3. Walls need to soften as well. This can be done by panals, that are attached to the walls. You can also use freestanding Acoustic walls. The second option is more expensive, but it has the added advantage of allowing you to create varying sizes of sound space according to your recording needs.

How Important is Acoustic Treatment?

How much emphasis do you put on acoustic treatment?

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What is the Best Microphone for under $200?

Quick Tips : Stands

Straight Stands :Easy Set UpReliableDurableFor VocalistsFor Guitar + VocalsBoom Stands :VersatileFor VocalistsFor Vocalist + InstrumentFor InstrumentsFor AmpsDesk Stands :For ComputersFor PresentationsFor DictationsFor AmpsFor Control RoomsFor DJs

GTD G-622H : Customer Reviews - Number One Microphone for under $200

Let's take a look at the Number One Microphone for under $200 : GTD Audio G-622H.

*Something a little different, and something I wasn't sure I should include in this lens : a wireless Mic system. Finally though I decided it's a piece of kit that could interest a lot of you, so I included it.

I'd have thought it'd be safe to say that wireless Mics are the domain of live performance. Personally, I can't see myself using a wireless system in my studio.

*I like to read actual customer reviews. It is always useful to hear what people who have bought and used the Microphone have to say.

After reading through all the customer reviews on Amazon, I feel these quotes are the most representative of Customer Feedback. I hope they will help inform your decision.

Quick Tips : Bases

Round Base :SimpleEasy Set UpRobustReliableTripod Base :LightEasy StoragePortable*I have both types : I prefer the Round Base. It's easy to move around my studio and doesn't take up as much room when set up.

GTD G-622H : Video Demos

GTD G-622H

Good for :DJsHome & Pro KaraokePAsOK for :Stage VocalsBad for :Studio work

Sensitivity

With all this talk of Acoustic Treatment, it'd be easy to be turned off Condenser Microphones.

As I said in the introduction, there are types of recording that Dynamic Microphones simply can not achieve. Because Dynamic Microphones are, in effect, powered by the act of recording (the same sound vibrations that move the diaphragm to record the sound, also move a metal coil that acts as a tiny generator), they struggle with low level sounds and subtle tonality.

A Dynamic Microphone needs loud sounds to generate a strong audio signal. If the sounds levels are low or subtle, there is quite simply not enough sound vibration to properly power the mic. The audio signal produced is weak and noisey.

Because Condenser Microphones contain pre amps, they have to be powered. This power can come from one of three sources : an internal battery, an external designated Mains supply or a Phantom Power Supply (provided by pre amp, mixer or audio interface). This in turn makes Condenser Microphones much more sensitive to low and subtle sound levels.

In real world terms these makes Condenser Microphones a far better choice for recording low output instruments, such as acoustic guitars and other string instruments. A Condenser Microphone will give you a far better tonal range and stronger audio signal than that of a Dynamic Microphone.

When recording Vocals, the choice between Condenser Microphone and Dynamic Microphone is less clear. The first thing to say, is there is no right or wrong here : only what sounds best on the day with that particular vocalist. Condenser Microphones pick up a wide tonal range and will do a far better job of recording a classically trained vocalist, gospel singer or, indeed, any vocalist with an 'instrument for a voice'.

There is, however, no point in using a Condenser Microphone if there's no great tonal range to be found. I count myself as a good lead singer. I can perform and tell a story with my voice. I can sing in tune and time (just about) and overtime, I'm beginning to develop a tonal quality to my voice - but I'm no Beyonce. Recording my voice with a Condenser Microphone, is a little like buying a high definition TV to play VHS videos - just a little silly. I am confident that a Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone will do a far better job for my voice.

Delicate

Another very important reason why you need to be sure a Condenser Microphone is the right Mic for you, is that they are more delicate than Dynamic Microphones. Sudden changes in dynamic range can cause damage to the diaphragm of a Condenser Microphone.

It is for this reason, for example, that Dynamic Microphones are used to record Drums. One heavy hit from a drummer could do your brand new, fancy pants, Condenser Microphone no favors whatsoever.

This delicate characteristic extends to recording vocals : classically trained (and other 'singer singers') have far more control and ability to graduate their voices, than aging Grunge Rockers like myself. Another reason why I hold off buying a Condenser Microphone, is that I want to learn my craft more as a vocalist.

*I worry that one careless letting rip of my Rock n' Roll war cry, will cost me a considerable amount of money (During a pub gig, my war cry once caused a Barman to drop an entire stack of pint glasses).

The use of a Pop Shield is essential when working with a Condenser Microphone. Though it's primary purpose is to cut out the pop sounds created by certain phonetics, it will also help to protect your Condenser Microphone.

Summing Up

Whereas Dynamic Microphones can be used for both stage and studio, the Condenser Microphone very much lives and breathes in the studio. It is, for example, not possible to use a typical Condenser Microphone handheld. The omnidirectional nature of the Condenser Microphone also makes it inpractical for live use.

The Condenser Microphone is a precision tool, to be used in a precise way for a precise purpose. It's the supercar of mics : impressive, but demanding. It's a diva. It knows it has quality and demands you treat as special.

*My advice, for what it's worth, is learn your recording craft first and then move to Condenser Microphones. Become a better singer, sound engineer or both and then take full advantage of the Condenser Microphone. Don't buy one just because it's Pro, buy one because you are ready to become Pro.

What is the Best Microphone for under $500?

Quick Tips : Studio Mics

Dynamic Mics for :Rock VocalsPunkDrumsAmps*Condenser Mics for :BallardsClassical SingersSoul & RnBGospelString InstrumentsAmps**Choice of Mic depends on style

Shure SM7B : Customer Reviews - Number One Microphone for under $500

Let's take a look at the Number One Microphone for under $500 : Shure SM7B.

*I had honestly expected a Condenser Mic to take this spot and was pleasantly surprised when I saw the Shure SM7B was in fact top.

This is the mic I plan to buy next. Everything I've read and seen about it, serves to convince me that it's the right Microphone for me : in terms of style of singing, I feel it will find a weight in my voice - which can sound a little too thin. It was also easily handle my more Rock n Roll inclinations, when it comes to singing.

*I read in one review that the Shure SM7B is the Mic used by Red Hot Chili Peppers on all of their albums.

I also like to record simple 'acoustic sessions', using my Electro Acoustic Guitar (albeit plugged in). Because I'm singing at the same time, I need a vocal mic that will cut down the amount of bleed from the sound of the Guitar. I think the Shure SM7B is the best choice for this, in my current price range.

*I like to read actual customer reviews. It is always useful to hear what people who have bought and used the Microphone have to say.

After reading through all the customer reviews on Amazon, I feel these quotes are the most representative of Customer Feedback. I hope they will help inform your decision.

Microphone Buying Tips : What is Impedance?

Impedance is the amount of resistance a piece of equipment has to an electrical signal traveling through it.A high impedance cable is like running through mud, a low cable like running on a track : the mud takes a lot more energy than the track.The same is true with high Vs low impedance cables : the higher the cable, the more audio signal / quality is lost ; the lower the cable, the more audio signal / quality is kept.High = BadLow = Good

Shure SM7B : Video Demos

Shure SM7B

Good for :Pro Studio VocalsPro Studio Amp MicingStudio Instrument MicingPodcastVoice OverRadioOK for :Signal OutputBad for :Stage Vocals**Not handheld

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      Love 2 years ago

      I bought a P-77 at the Cleveland Hamfest in 2011. This mike is very well crttsoucned. For what was being asked, even if it didn't work, it would be worth it just to look at it. The fine mesh of the windscreen and the small body make it seem that it would be a perfect match for a female vocalist, The mesh reminds me of the type used on the Neumann U87 and the satin finish gives it the look of a very expensive mike.The mic sounds good too. Rated at 50 to 50k it has a typical dynamic sound with just a little less low end than an SM58. There was no stand adapter, but it fits a small barrel EV type adapter pretty well. Cool mike. A nice addition to the arsenal.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i thought microphones are just that... but your lens really open up my eyes..whoa

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      Onemargaret LM 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. I like it.