Best Studio Condenser Mic Under $300 USD


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RBM01991
06-30-2010, 07:46 PM
So I'm building my home studio, nothing too big. I'm starting out with the following gear

Line 6 Tone Port UX8 as the interface.
Samson MediaOne 4A Studio Monitors
Alesis 49 Key USB MIDI Controller

Now I need a decent mic. I've been looking at a few:

http://www.samash.com/p/Bluebird%20Cardioid%20Condenser%20Microphone_-49984275

http://www.samash.com/p/AT4040%20Cardioid%20Condenser%20Microphone_-49966739

http://www.samash.com/p/Perception%20420%20MultiPattern%20Large%20Diaphragm%20Condenser%20Microphone_-49956160

http://www.samash.com/p/Perception%20220%20Cardioid%20Condenser%20Microphone_-49958337

http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=CM-87S&cid=79

http://www.carvinguitars.com/products/single.php?product=CTM100&cid=79

so out of all of those, please tell me which one is the best and why do you think its the best. I know nothing about Mics. I just know brands, I'm very open to trying other mics too. It just has to stay under 300 bucks to fit the budget. Thank you!

lockwolf
06-30-2010, 09:44 PM
None of those (well, maybe not). The Rode NT1-A is probably the best mic under $300 for vocals: http://www.samash.com/p/NT1AP%20Condenser%20Microphone_-49954109

Its handmade in Australia (pretty sweet right there), has the same capsule thats used in the more expensive Rode Mics and comes with everything you need to get it setup. I've got one and its just an amazing mic. It captures vocals very clearly and allows for just a great overall sound.

Out of the ones you've got there, the Blue Bluebird mic is another great choice.

RBM01991
06-30-2010, 09:53 PM
None of those (well, maybe not). The Rode NT1-A is probably the best mic under $300 for vocals: http://www.samash.com/p/NT1AP%20Condenser%20Microphone_-49954109

Its handmade in Australia (pretty sweet right there), has the same capsule thats used in the more expensive Rode Mics and comes with everything you need to get it setup. I've got one and its just an amazing mic. It captures vocals very clearly and allows for just a great overall sound.

Out of the ones you've got there, the Blue Bluebird mic is another great choice.

Can you please give me some vocal samples or can you show me a video or something so I can hear it?

sandyman323
06-30-2010, 10:57 PM
bluebird for sure.

moody07747
07-01-2010, 05:32 AM
The Blue Bird is a nice mic however I agree with Lock, the NT1A is an outstanding mic for the price and shines on vocals and acoustic guitar.

http://studio-central.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=16020
http://www.tweakheadz.com/reviews/review_of_the_rode_nt1.htm

Video review:
http://www.youtube.com/user/NewMediaGear#p/u/11/GHvDfRUJHTo

He runs a lot of compressors and high end rack gear to tweak the sound to its best but I still like his reviews.

sandyman323
07-01-2010, 07:37 AM
the bluebird is pretty much my acoustic mic of choice. slap one of those on the body, an NT5 on the neck, and if it doesn't sound awesome, you've got a crappy guitar.

i've heard this mic do crazy things on vocals too. it's just an all around amazing mic.

i'm sure the NT1A is quite amazing for the money as well. i'd bet you would be happy with whichever one of those you choose.