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Microphone recommendations?

debbizo
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permalink   Sun, Apr 24, 2011 @ 7:04 AM
I’m interested in hearing what is considered a good microphone, for vocals and spoken word, in the lower price range. Any recommendations?

I currently use the stereo microphones on my Zoom H4n digital recorder, but I’ve been thinking about buying a Shure SM58 (cardiod); my husband has an old Realistic Highball 7 (unidirectional), which I believe came off the same assembly line as Shure.
Any tips or mic recording samples that can help me decide what to do?

Thanks, debbizo
Abstract Audio
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permalink   Sun, Apr 24, 2011 @ 7:50 AM
 
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permalink   debbizo Sun, Apr 24, 2011 @ 7:15 PM
Thanks for the useful links AA
Admiral Bob
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permalink   Sun, Apr 24, 2011 @ 7:06 PM
I had an old highball. They aren’t the same quality as an SM-58. The SM-58 is an excellent mike for its price, and will work really well with a portable recorder. I record all the Juke Joint ep voiceovers on a portable recorder with an SM-58, in exactly the scenario you’re planning.
 
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permalink   debbizo Sun, Apr 24, 2011 @ 7:15 PM
Thanks Admiral
debbizo
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permalink   Sun, Apr 24, 2011 @ 7:32 PM
Here’s a cheaper ‘version’ of the SM58 (comparable) that I’m considering.

http://www.jaycar.com.au/pr...
Clarence Simpson
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permalink   Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 10:25 AM
Let me first say that I am by no means a gear junkie, so my experience is limited.

If you’re primarily going to be recording in your home or otherwise dedicated location (i.e. - you’re not going to move the mic a lot) I would recommend going with a condenser mic instead of a dynamic one. You’ll get better sound quality. The tradeoff is that condensers are more fragile pieces of equipment.

Just last year I bought the Blue Yeti USB condenser mic, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. I found it on amazon.com brand new for only about $100. When I first got it I did some test recordings to compare the Blue Yeti and my old mic (a super-cheap $20 mic from an electronics shop). I expected it to be better but I was really blown away by the difference it made. Easily one of the best $100 I ever spent.

Another great part about it is that it’s a USB mic so it plugs straight into my computer without needing any phantom power, extra cables, or fancy audio interface boxes.

It’s also multi-mode, so it can record in stereo, cardioid, omnidirectional, or bidirectional modes.

If you’d like I can e-mail you the test recordings I made to show you the difference. You can also check out my ccMixter promo that I recorded entirely with the Blue Yeti:

http://ccmixter.org/files/c...
 
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permalink   debbizo Mon, Apr 25, 2011 @ 5:57 PM
Thanks Clarence. Yes, I’d love to hear the test recordings if you don’t mind sending them. I think I’m pretty set on the SM58 now but I’m interested in building my ‘studio’ further down the track.