Selecting the right studio microphone can literally make or break your studio recordings.
With such a wide variety of studio microphones, selecting the right one can be a full time job all in its self. And when you factor in a budget that just makes your decision even more overwhelming.
Fortunately, I have done all the heavy lifting for you and the microphone options I have will definitely give you the best return on your investment!
Audio Technica AT2020… $99
The Audio Technica AT2020 is a mighty contender when it comes to performance vs. price. At only $99 this mic offers 16mm low-mass diaphragm with a smooth 20Hz-20kHz frequency response. The low self-noise is ideal for digital recordings, plus it has a high 144dB SPL handling.
· Nice Design
· Brand Quality and performance
· Versatility. Works well on everything from vocals to drums, and podcasting.
· No shock mount
· No attenuation pad or polar pattern selection switch.
Behringer B1 Studio Condenser… $100
The Behringer B1 Studio Condenser is a suitable addition to any home studio. This mic is high quality and highly affordable. At only $100 the Behringer B1 Studio Condenser will capture your sound with incredible realism, sensitivity and accuracy.
· Good sound clarity and quite linear frequency response up to 5 KHz. So you can expect a good balanced recording with this mic.
· Comes with nice features such as 10 db padding and a Bass cut-off switch. Therefore, you can use this mic to capture sound from a variety of sources.
· Comes with a carrying case, windscreen and shock mount (unlike the Audio Technica AT2020). So you wont have to buy these accessories separately.
· Top end of audio files stands out the most in recordings. So you will just have to be mindful of it and EQ it in your mix.
· Does not come with a pop filter so you might have to buy one.
MXL 990… $70
This large diaphragm microphone has a vintage style with a contemporary reputation. The MXL 990 is still considered one of the most groundbreaking microphones of its class. And at a price point of $75 dollars you can’t beat its performance.
· FET preamp and a large diaphragm
· Provides smooth high end and retains tight, solid low and midrange reproduction
· Includes custom shock mount, mic stand adapter & carrying case
· Perfect for home studio recording
· Close up vocals come off kind of warm
· Mid-range frequency could use a little more definition.
Now once you have decided on which studio mic suits you best the next thing you’re going to need is an audio interface.