inexpensive mic for recording vocals

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  1. Roodboy

    Roodboy Supporting Member

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    I am a neophyte when it comes to recording and have a Zoom 802bcd enroute to my house today. I am an at home recording guy and a am looking for a mic to record my shabby vocals with.
    I have used a Shure sm-58 previously but I have read that this mic is better suited for live use than recording.
    I have been looking at some condensors like he MXL's and audiotechnica 2020. I live on a pretty heavily travelled road but I would do vocal tracks in the wee hours of the morning when there is little to no traffic.
    Anyway, the zoom has phantom power which I think means I don't need a preamp for the condensor mic.
    I would like to get something for $100. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
    Thanks
    Rudy
    I would have normally searched for this info but its not currently available.
     
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  3. Roodboy

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    Thanks, it looks pretty good. Do you think I need a preamp or is the phantom power on the zoom OK.
     
  4. GuitslingerTim

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    I wouldn't know having no experience with the Zoom, but if it has phantom power the mic should function properly.
     
  5. leofenderbender

    leofenderbender Supporting Member

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    You want a condenser mic.

    If you are lucky, you can find a Marshall MXL2003 Condenser for around $100. They are great for micing acoustic too.
     
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    Studio Projects B1. Phantom power condensor, works awesome!
     
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    I have a Behringer B1 and I am happy with it, but I have to say it is my first large diaphragm condenser mic. But it sounds way better for vox than the SM57 I was using before I got it. I still use the 57 to mic my amp.
    I have read some good reviews on the Studio Projects stuff, but I think it was the C1 that was really well received.
     
  8. Optimus Prime

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    Rode NT3 is good for anything, about 100 buckeroos.
     
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  10. Roodboy

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I'm going shopping this weekend.
     
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    I also forgot to mention I got this used for $70. Great value mic!
     
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    I have a Rode Nt1 which I like, but I have also learned that the way you supply it w. phantom power is just as important as the mic. I used a cheap eurorack mixer and ended up with a hissy sound. I've also discovered that I like some of my recordings with the Shure 58 mic better than the ones with the Rode.
     
  13. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    I really like the Studio Projects stuff as well.
     
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    +1 I use a C1
     

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