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The World's Best Vocal Recording Microphones You Can Actually Afford


Great vocal mics are a necessary part of your studio, regardless of its size.

But the home studio might have a smaller budget than the doesn’t have the luxury to splurge on microphones like their wealthier counterparts.

However, re-mortgaging your house is unnecessary with the following microphones.

A budget of around than $500 is easily enough money for some great vocal microphones, and some of the options below cost even less.

Please note, these microphones are not ranked in any way.

1.

When you have a noisy home studio you want a quiet microphone. This one is extremely quiet, has multiple patterns to choose from and a high-pass filter to cut all that rumbling traffic noise.

2. Audio Technica AT2050

Like I’ve said before, The AT2020 is an absolutely stellar budget microphone. The 2050 is more of the same great sound but with a few extra switches.

3. Aston Microphones Spirit

The Aston Microphones brand is fast becoming my favorite microphone company. Full disclaimer: I do know the owners personally. However, their reviews don’t lie and I keep coming back to them over and over again, whether it’s for acoustic guitar, vocals, other acoustic instruments or even room microphones.

4. Neumann TLM 102

This one is a bit pricier than the aforementioned $500, but you can’t go wrong with a Neumann condenser microphone.

5. AKG C214

The little brother of the AKG C-414, the 214 is the perfect substitute for the home recording studio. Buy a microphone but also pay rent. That’s the best of both worlds in the home recording industry.

6. SE Electronics 2200A

The vocals to this song were recorded with the 2200A and they sound pretty good to me. What do you think?

Conclusion

Don’t get infected with a case of analysis paralysis. Choosing a microphone when you’re starting out can be overwhelming.

It’s probably not the only microphone you’re going to buy, so you don’t need to worry about buyer’s remorse.

Make a judgment based on price, reviews, brand and most importantly, your gut feeling.

However, if you’re looking for something a little cheaper, check out the 5 Cheap-Ass Microphones Under $100 for the Frugal Engineer.

Image by:  M. Keefe


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About Björgvin Benediktsson

I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’ve taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.

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