Best vocal mic for $200

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  1. rowdyyates

    rowdyyates Supporting Member

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    We've been using Beta 58's for a long time and need to replace a couple. What else is good in the <$200 market?
     
  2. B Money

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    There really is no "best", especially when it comes to vocal mics since they really need to be matched to the singers voice.

    I used a Beta58 for years and switched to a Sennheiser e945. For me it was an improvement, it definitely a warmer and IMO more musical tone for my particular voice, which can sound thin naturally.
     
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    You didn't say if this is for live or recording purposes, but I've bought two of the Blue enCore 200's active dynamic mics for our singers and they just blow everyone away with their clarity and presence. Street price around $150.
     
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    So you were using Beta 58's...any reason to stay super cardioid? Is your stage volume louder than most? There certainly is no best in my opinion, but if you don't want to just replace the beta 58's I'd say check out the 945 as mentioned. Also, my favorite Shure mic in that price range is the SM86. Condenser, but it has just the right amount of high end without being harsh for me.
     
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    Big fan of the Telefunken M80, might be $250 but well worth every penny imo.
     
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    You might find a used Beyer M88 around two bills. Great mic!
     
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    Stage volume is lower than most, so supercardioid is not a necessity. Thanks for the suggestions so far.
     
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    I like the EV mics for about $120.
     
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    If you can stretch to a Heil PR-35 they are built like a tank, deliver a healthy signal and etc.
     
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    I have been seeing EV ND767's for 49$ from online retailers.
     
  12. rowdyyates

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    I had a EV 767 for a while. Tried it with each of our 5 vocalists and didn't love it.
     
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    If you can stretch just a little your budget, I liked the Audix OM7 a lot. But it's nicer for male voice (imho) and for singing very close (... almost eating the mic).
     
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    Yes!
     
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    my favorite by quite a bit
     
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    I like the AKG D5 (very clear sound, very feedback-resistant, and really inexpensive, too), and the Heil PR20/22 (very "natural", unhyped sound, though a bit more feedback prone than eg. the D5).
     
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    That application is exactly what the OM-7 was engineered for, and to get the monitor as loud as possible.
     

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