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FDP Forum / Sing, Sing, Sing! - Vocalist's Forum / what is your favorite vocal mic?

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Steve Dallman
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Merrill, Wisconsin

Finally! Decent cold and snow!
May 31st, 2011 02:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I grew up using an SM57, and currently use a Beta 57 which I really like. My backup is an EV767.

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The important stuff is simpl
Jun 11th, 2011 12:36 AM   Edit   Profile  

Rode NTK
Beyer M88

Both leave that Shure stuff in the dust.



Jun 20th, 2011 06:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Well I was using a beta 87 and then tied the audix om6
What a great mic. I A/B the mix agains the following

Beta 58
Beta 87 c
Beta 87 a
Audix OM 5
And the 2 best where the audix om 6 and the beta 87 a. The deciding factor was the gain to feedback. Significant advantage for the audix. If you have not tried very good mic.

I also feel it had the best sound quality.


usa/ Northwest IN

You say you`re leavin,I`ll help you pack
Jun 25th, 2011 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hmmm.....I just sang through a Carvin SM58 knockoff, and was pleasantly surprised. go figure....


usa/ Northwest IN

You say you`re leavin,I`ll help you pack
Aug 16th, 2011 10:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

A couple of guys whose opinions I value greatly have picked up one of those Nady condensor mics that use a AA battery, and are on sale at MF for 29.99(down from 39.99) One says that it`s the best vocal mic he`s ever used!! Hmmmmmm

andrewginger music


whall's son
Aug 18th, 2011 09:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Shure sm58 is my favorite.

Big Norm

Montreal, Canada

Aug 28th, 2011 09:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

SM-58 for years...and probably for years to come. I'm conservative and happy with it so...



Rockin' the Delaware Valley
Sep 2nd, 2011 02:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Another enthusiastic vote for the EV ND-967. Besides the superior off-axis rejection, it has a higher output than the the usual SM57/58 and a cleaner sound.



Sep 22nd, 2011 10:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've used an EV PL76 for decades, but I also like the Beta 87 that my lead singer uses.


north jersey usa

black faced,with a silver lining
Oct 1st, 2011 12:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

my fave is my AUDIX OM6, I have three OM5's, but this cuts through the mustard.i65



Yes, I use all 6 strings on my bass!
Mar 21st, 2012 08:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Shure 86 - picks up less side noise than a 58 (imo), nice natural sound for a tenor or alto.


vero beach, fl

That was broke
Apr 8th, 2012 05:58 PM   Edit   Profile  


Florida Mike
Contributing Member

United States

I can only Sing my Heart
Apr 8th, 2012 06:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

Beta 58 for Live, or SM58 either is fine...like Audio Technica AT3035 for recording...also recently (don't laugh) acquired some Golden Age Project matching pencils and condensor mics and they are pretty good, especially for the price. For Drums Shure SM57, and I have one of those all in one box Shure mic sets for drums which sound great too...

Michael Holmes Soundclick, 2012


Lichfield, UK

It's all good :)
Feb 5th, 2014 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've tried a great many vocal mics over the years. The Heil PR35 is where it's at for me.

Incredible sounding mic, brilliant feedback rejection.

The most condenser sounding dynamic out there.

A few googles shows you that I am not alone in my findings.

Heil PR35

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That is not my happy place!
Apr 14th, 2014 06:25 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have just started using the Audio Technica wireless System 10 mic and am very pleased with it. We have 3 wireless mics now, a Sennheiser 835, a Shure Beta 58 and my Audio Technica. To be honest, I think my AT sounds the best. Which surprised me a little bit because I have always favored Shure and Sennheiser wired mics.


United States

May 6th, 2014 02:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

older thread but, I just picked up an Audio Technica AE5400 condenser mic, for live performance.. wow what a killer mic. Smokes my shure mics. Sennheiser 835 sorta comes close, just lacks the clarity and punch that the AT mic has.

recording at home I use AT 4047, AT AE5400, AKG C414bxl, and a cheap modded (transformer) Avlex.



Screw Sandy-lets make some noise!
May 11th, 2014 05:03 PM   Edit   Profile  

the betas come in two flavors condenser and non condenser

I use the Beta non condenser because of fear of loud stage and condensers are not so forgiving of bad mic technique.

Actually they have their own style which is directly in front not on top and anything off axis get rejected. so unless you keep it on a stand and are like a statue this presents a problem


United States

May 12th, 2014 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

^ this used to be true with condensers mics. now with internal pop filters, and cardioid pattern, they work great on stage. I have more vocal area with not much mic bleed from amps, and drums with the AE5400. It's not a super cardioid mic, so it has a pick up area much like the beta 58, or other dynamics. Most mic builders that are making live vocal mics now, have a line of condenser mics that offer supercardioid, and cardioid pickup patterns, with no more mic bleed than dynamics.

that said, not every condenser mics sounds better than say a great dynamic mic. although the Senn E965 is one great sounding mic, with selectable cardioid, or supercardioid patterns. Very detailed and sweet sounding.

(This message was last edited by gmoney1974 at 07:28 PM, May 12th, 2014)

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