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Discussion in 'Home Recording Studio' started by rgbedard, Mar 18, 2019.

  1. rgbedard

    rgbedard non-compliant Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Getting to the point where I think not having a decent mic is severely compromising my fun. Recorded a demo track last night ... most significant problem was not being able to monitor my vocal parts (due to using the Mac internal mics) ... I have a cheap mic I got at goodwill, but haven't even tried it yet, not optimistic about the quality.

    Looking for recommendations for inexpensive mics suitable for home recording. Currently using a Focusrite and a Mac running GarbageBland. Want to be able to record vocals, and string instruments, hoping I can get a single mic solution. Doesn't have to be professional quality, but should be decent. Hoping to spend around $100, but willing to spend more if necessary.

    Tia for any assistance ... reason I am asking for help, I am pretty ignorant about mics ... I know really desirable ones can cost thousands.
     
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    jaxjaxon Strat-Talker

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    I own a Samson CO1U pro cost 74$ its usb and works very well
     
  3. AngelDeVille

    AngelDeVille Strat-O-Master

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    Shure Sm58, cheaper is not worth the price.

    I have had a Senheiser 835 for over 20 years that’s number two on the list.
     
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    JP64 Strat-Talk Member

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    I was in the same predicament not far back. Did some research and picked up the Shure PGA57, a condenser mic, for about $55 new, I think it was. Getting great results with it, too. But if your budget is $100, you might want to go ahead and get the Shure SM58, which is a step up. Either way, you couldn’t go wrong, and Shure mics are built like tanks.
     
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  5. shovelmike

    shovelmike Senior Stratmaster

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    I have been happy with Shure SM 58, also use SM 57, considered an instrument mic, but good for vocals too.
    I have used Sennheiser at church quite successfully, thus when Sweetwater offered two of the 825s for $129 I grabbed them. They seem equal to the SM 58 to me, and at $65 each it's a steal.
     
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    Miotch Senior Stratmaster

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    Can’t go wrong with the SM57 or 58. Most widely used microphones in the world.

    If you are going to do vocals and music, I might go with the 58. Only real difference is the windscreen
     
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    Otisblove Strat-O-Master

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    Shure SM57 and SM58. Good and the price is right.
     
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  9. rgbedard

    rgbedard non-compliant Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Lol, practically unanimous ... thanks, appreciate the concensus ... makes it easy ...
     
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    vid1900 Senior Stratmaster

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    There are plenty of fake 57 and 58 Shures out there, so make sure you get one from a reputable store.

    Once you get used to the heft of those mics, you can spot the fakes the moment you pick them up.
     
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    omahaaudio Senior Stratmaster

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    Shure SM57. Good for instruments and vocals. Should cost you around $100.
     
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    Goodness it almost doesn't make sense to post here because I too have a SM58 and 57 I use the SM58 even on my computer when I have to fire up live software demos and do live broadcast seminars. They are great mics.
     
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    mad axe man Senior Stratmaster

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    as above...57 or 58...life is simple
     
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    pazman6 Senior Stratmaster

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    If you want cheap and versatile - look at a Behringer XM8500 ($20) for a SM58 like mic. With the remaining money you can buy an MXL990 condenser or other model on sale. $100 and you can pretty much record anything.
     
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    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

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    I agree, best $20.00 mic ever made, unbelievable for the price. Put on a blindfold, and tell me for sure which is which between it, and an SM58.
     
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    ido1957 Senior Stratmaster

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    I recently crawled out of the home recording rabbit hole after 13 years.
    I was too busy with work and on-call to commit to playing live in any way shape or form.
    My last mic was a U87ai. A bit over your budget, but you never know.
    I began on cassettes...the rest is a blur...
     
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    I'd have to say the MXL990 is my personal fav for vox.

    Edit: Fav of the mics I own that is.
     
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    BigNorm Senior Stratmaster

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    If your are also gigging...get a SM 58... Mine still work after 20 years. I dropped it in snow, in water, on the floor, I've knock it with guitars etc...and it never failed...and the most important...it's sound good.
     
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    Tone Guru Senior Stratmaster

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    The advantage of starting out with an SM57 is that it is an industry standard.
    It will continue to be useful even after you add more variety and more expensive options.
     
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    if that's your order of priority, Shure SM58.
    other way around, Shure SM57.
     
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