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Old 10th December 2008 , 01:58 AM
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Default Condenser mic for higher end female vocals?

Hi,

I'm looking to buy my girlfriend a good condenser mic with extras for Christmas. I am looking to spend around 30-40 on a condenser or even more. Her vocals maybe in the same range as Kylie Minogue. I was wondering what a good choice would be as i'm a bit lost. I was going to buy the Behringer B-1 until I found it isn't suited to high end female vocals. Can anyone suggest a good condenser mic? With her having a high end scale I don't want to choose a mic that is produces tinny sounds.. looking for something rich and silky.

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Old 10th December 2008 , 02:11 AM
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I think you are seriously underestimating what you should spend to even get a decent budget level condenser. I'd recommend you read some of the previous posts on the subject:

Cheap mics vs. Expensive mics
Need help choosing new vocal mic 200!

However, if you really do have such a seriously limited budget. from my own personal experience, the nearest you'd get to something reasonable would be either:

http://www.dv247.com/invt/46763/ - AKG Perception 150

or for quite a bit more. but still punching above their weight:

http://www.dv247.com/invt/44414/ - Rode M3
http://www.dv247.com/invt/10229/ - Rode NT1-A

Above all... avoid the Behringer mics.

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'm looking to buy my girlfriend a good condenser mic with extras for Christmas. I am looking to spend around 30-40 on a condenser or even more.


Wow! I saw the title and was all set to give you some high end recommendations to try out. You could buy a high end mogami xlr cable with 40 but then you'll need to save for a while for a mic!
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I am looking to spend around 30-40 on a condenser or even more.
That's what you will be spending. The fastest way to a woman's heart is through a decent condenser mic.

There are some good recommendations that have been provided.

It's not worth buying one for 30-40. You may as well stand close to the Pc and just shout at the mic in jack and hope it gets picked up.
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It actually highlights about how people seem to think that mics are the cheapest part of the setup. When actually, you can spend a lot more on mics then you can on a lot of other elements.

The AKG Perception 150 is actually quite a nice mic. I bought two of them on offer from DV247 over the summer. The results were very usable. No sibilance, muddyness with good levels and they didn't pick up too much noise (although I did stick the girl in a drum isolation booth).

Anyhow, this page should help. Condenser mics in order of ascending price.

http://www.dv247.com/search/2930/0/P...Ascending/-/1/
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el scorcho, what preamp will you be using?

Have you considered a cheap ribbon microphone? They can be absolutely awesome on female vox. Karma makes a surprisingly nice one, the K6, which has to be ordered from the US. Cascade is another company worth looking at for inexpensive ribbons.

The downside with ribbons is that you need a LOT of gain, and there's a small chance with some ribbon microphones that if you accidentally feed them phantom power they will be forever destroyed. The Karma K6 is immune to that though as it unusually requires +48v to work.

I do agree that 30-40 makes it impossible unfortunately. "Good" and "cheap" rarely co-exist in this world.
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I'd just get her one of these:



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Wow! I saw the title and was all set to give you some high end recommendations to try out. You could buy a high end mogami xlr cable with 40 but then you'll need to save for a while for a mic!
Yes the thread title did give the impression a much bigger budget was available. Agreed he definitely would be best advised to save then buy.

@ el scorcho...

At the very least I would say you should seriously consder saving up for a Rode mic. IMO at least the Rode NT1a.
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Yeah! IMHO you are at least a hundred quid shy of anything really decent.

As another name and if you want something neutral (a lot of LDC mics have "character") I can recommend the Sontronics STC-2, about 140.

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I have an MXL v67g that is capable of some excellent vocals recordings. I bought mine for around 60 quid a few months back. I also have a Studio Projects B1 which is also capable of some excellent recordings though this mic is not suited to harsh screaming vocals. It can sound great on softer vocals though! The B1 costs around 80.

Other mics worth checking out are :-

Red 5 Audio RV-6 ( http://www.red5audio.com/acatalog/Condensor_Mics.html )
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I have an MXL v67g that is capable of some excellent vocals recordings. I bought mine for around 60 quid a few months back. I also have a Studio Projects B1 which is also capable of some excellent recordings though this mic is not suited to harsh screaming vocals. It can sound great on softer vocals though! The B1 costs around 80.

Other mics worth checking out are :-

Red 5 Audio RV-6 ( http://www.red5audio.com/acatalog/Condensor_Mics.html )
Audio Technica 2020
Rode M3
If you replaced 'excellent' with 'useable' I might be more likely to agree. Alternatively you could add "...for the pricepoint" Great to hear you are happy with what you have though!
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Good recommendation Dave. A drummer who I record all the time bought one of these to record vocal ideas on...and it's really not horrible. Definitely more than decent for so little money.

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it's really not horrible.
This is one of the best recommendations for a mic I've seen in some time

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This is one of the best recommendations for a mic I've seen in some time

I can see it now:

"Circle Studios. It doesn't suck."

I like it...billboards, buses, business cards...

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I can see it now:

"Circle Studios. It doesn't suck."

I like it...billboards, buses, business cards...

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harhar. That'd certainly be a big differentiator from most places around here
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