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Looking for your best tip for a studio vocal mic.

Currently I use a Rode NT1A, which retails for approx 135.

Looking to spend upto 250 .. can I do better than the Rode at that price ?

Or would I be better off getting a tube preamp to use with the Rode ? ..

My line set up is Rode to MAudioFW410 into a Mac/Logic.
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It may sound a bit obvious, but the Rode NT2a is a great mic.

http://www.dv247.com/microphones/rod...rophone--23684

I can't think of a tube preamp to complement the NT1a that would be worthwhile on that budget.
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What, specifically, isn't good enough about your Rode? If we know what you're looking for it's easier to help you. There are a lot of mics in that price range that I like better than the Rode, but that doesn't mean they'll be better *for you.*

I had the NT1a for a couple years before I got my ADK Hamburg mic. The Hamburg was so much better for me. I sold the Rode. Even with mics 3x the cost in my studio, the Hamburg still gets use.

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Hi

Looking for your best tip for a studio vocal mic.

Currently I use a Rode NT1A, which retails for approx 135.

Looking to spend upto 250 .. can I do better than the Rode at that price ?

Or would I be better off getting a tube preamp to use with the Rode ? ..

My line set up is Rode to MAudioFW410 into a Mac/Logic.
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Old 10th December 2009 , 11:58 PM
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Not sure what I can tell you really.

The NT1a has a definite sound.

I'm a singer and do vocals for various projects, mainly rock / blues and have a powerful voice.

I guess what I'm trying to work out is whether by moving up by a modest amount (given how much you can spend on mics) is going to get me a much better mic or whether it's just not worth it unless I spend say 400 ?
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I think you'll find that in this case *better* just means *different.* I would suggest you stay in the 150 pound range and try a few mics known to be very different in sound from the NT1a. The ADK Hamburg I mentioned would be one. Another would be the MXL V69ME, or V67. Perhaps a Studio Projects C1.

Each of those mics has a very distinct sound that is quite different from the Rode and my help you decide what qualities you like in a microphone. Once you know that, you can begin deciding what "high end" mic with similar qualities you want to buy.

There are so many good mics at any price point, there's no way to simply say "this is a good mic" for you. You have to experiment.

I also have a pretty robust voice as a singer. For reference you can check my website www.junglenoisestudio.com. I've tried a few mics and found that for me, full-bodied mics sound best. I prefer mics with a big, broad sound in the low mids and a warm shimmer in the hi-mids. The ADK Hamburg did exactly that for me. The NT1a did not. By contrast, the NT1a was kind of thin, and harsh.

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Not sure what I can tell you really.

The NT1a has a definite sound.

I'm a singer and do vocals for various projects, mainly rock / blues and have a powerful voice.

I guess what I'm trying to work out is whether by moving up by a modest amount (given how much you can spend on mics) is going to get me a much better mic or whether it's just not worth it unless I spend say 400 ?
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