When setting up a home studio it’s not always easy picking out your equipment, there’s so much to think about and cost can quickly build up. Sometimes you’ll need make sacrifices and maybe not shoot straight for the top of the line, but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice on quality. Microphones, though small, can reach incredible heights when it comes to cost, the highest calibre of which can set you back upwards of $3000. We’re going to take a look at a few mic’s that are a far more reasonable amount for starting out with, whilst still giving you the professional quality you desire.
Rode NT1A – The Rode NT1A is the ultimate start up mic for anyone on a budget. Rode are renowned for their high capability products at low prices and this is perhaps their finest example. The NT1A package gives you a shock mount, a dust cover and a pop filter so you’ll be pretty much good to go as soon as you open the box. What’s great about this mic is that it performs well not just when recording vocals but also for instruments, it’s a truly solid all rounder and will only set you back at around $100.
Shure SM58 – Best known for it’s use in the live performance field, no list of great microphones on any level would be complete without the Shure SM58. Its long been considered one of the most popular mic’s in the world, mainly due to its sturdy build and its resistance to feedback. This $100 bit of kit won’t just be found on stages however, it’s great for studio work too and is even used in professional recording all the time.
Audio-Technica AT2035 – Another excellent choice for the start-up, Audio-Technica are well known as a trustworthy brand. The AT2035 is a side-address condenser mic that really shines when it comes to capturing mid to high level voice ranges. The mic come with a shock mount and good reviews in their hundreds so you can be sure you won’t be stung on purchase.
Sennheiser MD421 – This is perhaps better known as a dynamic mic, used for anything from drums to electric guitar, but don’t worry it’s also excellent for recording vocals too. You’re looking at a higher spend on this product, coming in at around the $350-$400 mark but if you are looking for something that’ll have you covered no matter the job this is certainly not going to let you down. In fact, the MD421 is considered to be one of the best all-around microphones on the market, considering that it’s worth every penny and then some.
Neumann TLM102 – Certainly the most expensive at around $800, the Neumann TLM102 may not be as pricey as you may first thing. Consider that Neumann is arguably the finest brand of mic available with most of its products sitting above that $3000 mark, this then seems like a steal. This is part of a range that was made in order to help the early starter be able to afford that same quality. And it’s quality is unquestionable.