As a recording engineer, there are many great ways to invest in a rig to improve the quality of your recordings. One of the most important investments is a microphone collection. Here, we will show you some of our favorite vocal microphones for studio recording, each for under $300. These microphones will break new barriers in sound quality without breaking the bank.
Ever since I got into recording, the Bluebird was one of my favorite microphones. It has a very crisp top-end to it while also capturing the mids and lows in a way that make them blend together smoothly. It's no wonder the entire industry loves it. This mic is full of punch and goes for only $299. While supplies last, it's on sale for $179; That's $120 instant savings!
Rode is known for making some of the greatest budget-friendly microphones on the market. Their newest (and best in my opinion) is the NT1. It is full, warm and clear, and sounds good on any vocalist I've used it on. It has recently been compared to many higher-end (and much more expensive) tube microphones. That kind of character can be in your studio for as low as $249. For only $20 more, you can get the shockmount as picture above!
Aston made a huge debut this year that has taken the recording world by storm. Not only does the Origin look amazing, but it sounds like it too. Each component was hand selected in a double-blind test by audio engineers, artists and experts in the field. Designed and built in Britain, this microphone's very natural sound is a great start or addition to any studio. For only $249, it's never been more possible. Check out our overview on both of Aston's innovative microphones!
The most innovative company in recent years is Lewitt. They take a fresh approach to their microphones. The LCT-240 is a go-to microphone for many vocalists for its smooth top end response. It captures every nuance very cleanly. This will work great for any vocalist, but especially shines on female voices. This really is one of the best ways to improve a studio for less than $200.
We wanted to feature a sub $100 mic in this article, and the MXL 2006 stood out in this category. Studio-quality microphones have never been so accessible for the average musician/engineer and MXL proves that every day. For less than $100, you can get a full, rich sound from a microphone that captures every nuance of your voice. If you're on a tight budget, you can't go wrong with the MXL 2006. Need help deciding which to buy, call us! You can even ask for me by name and I'll be happy to help you decide which microphone is best for your application and budget. As always, enjoy FAST and FREE shipping on any order in the continental US. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to give us a call at 855-269-0474 or stop in our store in Downtown Appleton! Check out our other articles here.