18 of the best microphones for vocals.
Not all microphones can boast the highest quality of voice capture. Often accessories record vocals so that it seems as if the recording was made on an old phone recorder. And this defect can occur as on thrifty devices, and on models from the average price sector. So you do not make a mistake in the choice and were not disappointed in the purchase, we have made you a selection of eighteen best microphones. They are perfect for singing, have the right features and good sensitivity.
The best cost-effective microphones for singing.
Among the cheap models there are fully applicable examples for voice recording and live performances. In the selection got accessories whose price does not exceed six thousand rubles. The devices are presented by AKG, Shure, Maono and BEHRINGER.
5 BEHRINGER C-3.
BEHRINGER C-3 condenser microphone is suitable for recording vocals, and for concerts. The model has the ability to reduce the sound down to -10 dB, has a button low pass filter and switching pattern. Assembled reliably. The singer’s voice can be recorded without outside noise, but only in good sound-proof conditions and with a high-quality sound card.
The model comes with a poor package: it has a stand holder and a case. The cable, pantograph, pop-filter and windshield must be received separately. Significant disadvantages of the device: flat sound and clutter in the low frequencies. According to the users’ reviews, this jersey is more suitable for concerts than for recording. True, the accessory quite captures all the shortcomings of the voice.
4 BEHRINGER C-1.
The condenser mike for beginner singers. Reasonable price and solid body, untainted sound in the price category up to six thousand rubles. — The model’s main advantages. According to reviews, the average life span of the device is eight years. The recording quality of the C-1 is far from more expensive microphones, but it is worth the price.
Disadvantages: no stand and pop-filter, writes noise, ringing in the tops, the recording requires painstaking post-processing. Although such commas are not found on all models of the device, Mike obviously falls short of the title of «best» among vocal microphones. But for those, who knows how to work with sound and has in its possession not bad equipment, C-1 will serve faithfully as a concert mike and in the studio.
3 Maono AU-A03.
The Maono AU-A03 has everything you need for a home recording studio. This microphone is equipped with tripod stand, windshield, pop filter and adapters Jack 4pin (dad), 2x Jack 3pin (mother). According to the manufacturer the device belongs to the condenser models, but in fact it is electret. The sound quality is good, but not up to the mark. To make the recording fun to hear, AU-A03 is recommended to use in conjunction with a good external sound card (XLR-XLR wire) or with phantom power.
Disadvantages: there is some noise, when connected directly to a PC writes very quietly. Over time in the bracket there is a play. But you can live with these minuses, if you look at the price of the microphone. After a painstaking option it is suitable not only for vocals, but also for recording podcasts, video voiceovers.
2 Shure SV100-A.
An economical model from the American company Shure. Dynamic microphone with cardioid directionality. The device is designed to record vocals, voice communication and podcasts, video, karaoke. Not suitable for live performances. SV100-A fits comfortably in your hand and has a power button. Lightweight and handy. Comes with a long cable for 4.5 м. This model is good for beginner musicians. The recording quality is average, but after processing sounds much better.
The accessory is definitely worth its own money. There is no stand included, no pop filter, no windshield. All these things you have to buy separately.
1 AKG P5S.
Dynamic microphone, which owns the good indicators of sound recording for the price category to six thousand rubles. The model deserves attention at least because it has a supercardioid directionality. And this is unique for thrifty microphones. The device records vocals, cutting out unnecessary noise and interference. Does not hum from other equipment. Vocal transmission is natural. No deafening or synthetic sounds. On the case has a switch.
As good as the AKG P5S is, it is not suitable for performance on stage. Perfect for home recording and studio work. For gigs, you’re better off with something more expensive: a wireless radio system or a professional mike.
The best USB-microphones for recording vocals.
They say USB isn’t the best solution for high quality recording. But the models below, break the stereotype. Some of the microphones can completely replace more expensive wireless devices and accessories with XLR-connection. The selection includes models from Ritmix, Audio-Technica, Samson, M-Audio.
4 M-Audio Uber Mic.
South-American company M-Audio has released a condenser microphone with three polarities: cardioid, bidirectional and radial. The device came out balanced, with a good frequency response from thirty Hz to twenty thousand Hz. The model comes with a comfortable table stand, cable and USB-adapter. The accessory works without phantom power. Suitable for streaming and amateur vocal recording. The display shows data on the sensitivity of the detectors, mode of operation (there are 4: standard, bi-directional, stereo and integrated).
There is a headphone jack and integrated sound card. Microphone is worth its own money, but it still has one drawback — it catches noise. Noises, noises from the street — all this gets on the record. Problem solved by adjusting the mike or post-processing.
3 Samson C01U Pro.
C01U Pro — a microphone with USB interface, which is suitable for beginners and professional musicians. Works with all operating systems, has a jack for headphones. The model is armed with an integrated sound card and windshield. When you listen to yourself while recording there is no delay one hundred percent. The sound is untainted, but occasionally still asks for post-processing.
For some users, the microphone was a little noisy. Despite the presence of windshield extraneous sounds, clicks, breathing and other sounds still get on the record.
2 Audio-Technica ATR2500-USB.
Condenser model with USB connection and integrated audio card. The ATR2500-USB microphone is versatile: it can be used for vocals, video recording, audiobooks, and just talking. The gadget comes with a stand and a USB cable comfortable length of 1.8 m. Volume-controlled headphone output: the signal is transmitted without delay or distortion. Connects to your PC without any additional options or looking for the right software.
According to users’ reviews, the sound quality of the ATR2500-USB is four-plus. The accessory does not quite make it to the «excellent» rating because of the noise, which is still recorded from time to time. To the disadvantages of the owners of the model also include unreliable mounting, the lack of a pop filter.
1 Ritmix RDM-180.
RDM-180 amuses with a rich complete set at a fairly economical cost. The tripod, pantograph, pop filter and wind shield are included with the microphone. Connects via USB. Model is good for recording vocals as well as for podcasts, communication. Vocals are recorded without excessive noise: pop-filter and windshield dampen the noise. The RDM-180 has no phantom power and no humming noise.
The disadvantages are in the weak construction of the pantograph: elements stagger and creak during assembly. Mounting to the table is very weak, so it is better to buy another stand or change some parts.
The best dynamic microphones for vocals.
The models in the selection are designed for live performance. Least sensitive than condenser units. Microphones of this type have the highest overload capacity. Thanks to this feature, the dynamic models allow you to record not only the voice, but also the instruments. True, not all gadgets do it perfectly.
5 Shure BETA 58A.
Dynamic studio microphone for recording vocals. One of the best models of the South American manufacturer Shure. Features a small weight (only two hundred and seventy-eight grams), supercadioid directivity, a good frequency response. These models are available in wired and wireless performance. BETA 58A writes untarnished sound, behaves perfectly at a live performance. Feedback from users say that the model in sound quality is ahead of the SM58. Suitable for professional and home studio. Improves the timbre of the voice, makes backing vocals and vocals more catchy and rich. Holder and adapter for the rack and cable are included with the accessory.
No disadvantages for BETA 58A assembled in Mexico. The Chinese models are often suffering from the quality of sound transmission, well, the assembly is several times worse.
4 AKG D5.
Studio microphone with supercadioid directionality. In cost, reliability and voice transmission is not inferior to the famous models of Shure. In this accessory the thickness of the diaphragm varies from edge to center, has a noise protection, made in the form of double vibration isolation. Dynamic AKG D5 is suitable for both vocal recording and performance on stage. Amateurs can use it as a microphone for karaoke.
The disadvantage of the device only one — a narrow capture area in the front. Because of this, the accessory has to be placed close to the sound source.
3 Shure SM58-LCE.
Profound dynamic microphone that gives a spotless sound with minimal distortion, even at the highest sound pressure level (SPL). It is distinguished by a reliable assembly, the presence of integrated windshield and damper, the frequency transmission spectrum of fifty Hz to fifteen thousand Hz. The SM58-LCE is one of the best solutions for voice recording and live performances. Not in vain this model is so beloved by foreign and Russian musicians.
Users complain about the higher price the microphone, awkward stand (stand) and the lack of a power button (there is another version of the SM58SE). Choosing this model, you should know that it does not belong to the universal. The voice will be written as a 5+, but the instrument only as a 4. So for guitar, drums or keyboards you need to choose another microphone.
2 Shure 55SH SERIESII.
Studio microphone, made in a unique retro-style. The price, of course, is far from economical, but the highest price tag is justified by the build quality, good technical features and beautiful design. The manufacturer calls the 55SH SERIESII the Elvis microphone. And it’s true, this device is an exact replica of a traditional T-shirt. Directionality is cardioid, the voice is recorded without obstruction. Versatile: great for vocals as well as instruments. The case is cast, the capsule is shockproof.
The greatest disadvantage of the device — very high price. For this price you can buy a fully applicable Mike even with a complete tripod. And the quality of the recording with all this will not suffer much. 55SH SERIESII — excellent dynamic microphone for those who like to stand out from the crowd.
1 Sennheiser E 835-S.
One of the most affordable and durable dynamic microphones for vocals. Good value for money. E 835-S has a power button on the body, which is comfortable when recording in the studio. Compared with other dynamic models, this accessory has a more affordable price. The frequency spectrum here is slightly higher than in the Shure SM58: from forty Hz to sixteen thousand Hz. The voice is recorded with HOGAS from Spanish to English palpable bass, treble and midrange are voluminous, close to reality.
This studio microphone is not without flaws. Owner’s feedback speaks about unsuccessful acoustic decoupling of the body from the capsule.
The best condenser microphones.
Devices of this type have a wide frequency spectrum, more sensitive to sound than dynamic models. They are lightweight, comfortable and ergonomic. Suitable for studio recording, but can also be used for concerts. They produce untainted, transparent sound.
4 Audio-Technica AT2020.
AT2020 — recording quality ahead of more expensive Chinese models. Naturally this is not a cheap solution, but for its price Mike gives a fairly untainted sound. Lady’s vocals are natural, does not make the voice dry and deaf. Connects via 3-pin XLRM, there is a modification with USB, but the quality of the record is much worse. The device is equipped with a cardioid diaphragm of small weight, has a wide frequency range from twenty Hz to twenty thousand Hz. Model is used for digital recording and live performances. Works without drivers, but with an audio card. In reviews of users of the AT2020 not to find negative.
Significant disadvantages accessory has not. Only the package is a bit poor: the microphone is supplied without a stand (there is a holder), windshield and pop filter.
3 AKG P120.
AKG Perception one hundred twenty condenser microphone is a good solution for under ten thousand roubles. The price is worth it. The model is universal: suitable not only for vocals, but also for streaming, recording video and voice communication. Works with phantom power, connects to a PC through an external sound card. The quality of the record — good, but from time to time recorded background noise (depending on the characteristics of the additional equipment). There are HF and LF presets on the cabinet.
According to the reviews of users, the accessory has a minimum of flaws. The package is poor here: there is no cable, stand and pop filter. You will have to buy it all separately. Another minus — a little overpriced. All the same for nine thousand two hundred and fifty rubles. I would like to get a microphone at least with a cable.
2 TASCAM TM-80.
Condenser Mike with a spider and a table stand included. Works with the sound card, requires phantom power from nine to forty eight watts. Zinc die cast housing with dural diaphragm. Directivity pattern is cardioid. Suitable for home studio vocals. Not suitable for concerts because of its high sensitivity. Microphone writes volumetric, unstained and airy sound. Can also be used to record instruments.
Disadvantages of the model — a great coverage of ambient sounds. Large diaphragm captures extraneous noise, so it is recommended to record in a room with good noise isolation. The tripod is uncomfortable: it is very difficult to fix the microphone in the right position.
1 Octave MK-319.
MK-319 is a condenser model for professional singers and those who demand the quality of the sound recorded. The microphone has a cardioid directionality. There is a filter woofer, swivel included. Suitable for recording vocals and instruments (brass, strings and plucked, bowed, drums). The accessory can be used for podcasts and video. Vocals are recorded without noise only in the studio criteria. At home the recording will have to be processed.
User reviews of the MK-319 positive, but still the model has a number of shortcomings. Almost 3-4 years ago, the accessory was half the price, at the moment the price is very overpriced. The significant disadvantage — over time, the body loosens. If you use the microphone carelessly, it quickly falls into disrepair. But if you follow the rules of operation its average life — 6-7 years.