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(@k5koy)
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Im looking for a good microphone that wont break the bank so I can lay down some vocal tracks on my Tascam mixer.
I know Shure Mics are very good, but pricey. Prefer XLR output. Whats everyone else using. Oh, most importantly, kinda need something that will make me sound better!

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(@jersey-jack)
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Mics are very personal things--you need to try a few and see which one suits your voice. That said, if you can give us a better idea of your budget, we can probably suggest some things for you to try out. You can get decent mics in the low $100s and they go all the way up to...well, you know, a lot. If you can spend $300-500 you'll have some good options. If you can go up to $1,000, a lot more. For some folks, an $800 mic is mid-range, for some low-end, for some the stratosphere!

You might also try posting this question on the recording forum.


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(@nathan080)
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I use a Sennheiser E815s. Does me ok for both vocals and recording guitar. When it comes to technology in music, I have a very traditional view... You should be doing the work and the microphone should simply be recording it to a decent standard. You don't NEED to spend $1000's if your not doing it professionally imo. Just test some out and try and find one that suits you. Of course you'll need to consider what you're plugging the mike into, I presume you have a preamp or mixer setup already?

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(@k5koy)
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Thanks Nathan,
Guess I should have mentioned that I record directly to my Tascam digital recorder/mixer. Yes I agree. I dont need a real expensive one, just a mic that does what its supposed to do. I am a professional Artist by trade, but in a totally separate medium! Music is only something I do for fun. I will never do it professionally! Maybe if I started 35 years ago! I am just a 1 man band. My goal here is to do all of the parts of my original music, and mix em together into songs just for me. I doubt I will ever do anything else with them. I looked at the mic you have, & it seems to fit. Thanks for the suggestion.

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(@nicktorres)
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Shure SM58 is the industry standard and can be had for $100.

Assuming you want cheaper than that...

It's tricky. When you say does what a mic is supposed to do, well they are built to do different things. Singing in a studio without background noise, singing in a group live, amplifying drums, recording guitars etc.

I'll assume you want general purpose. I'll also assume you don't want to provide phantom power.

AKG make pretty decent mics. Musicians friend has the AKG D 9000 on sale for $40. You are going to need a cable and probably a stand, possibly a XLR to 1/4" adapter.

For $79 bucks you can get the whole kit and kaboodle from Sennheiser

http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Sennheiser-e822-Dynamic-Mic-with-Stand-and-Cable?sku=270872

That is probably a better deal when you add it all up.


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(@k5koy)
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Thanks Nick,
Think I might try that Shure. It is a well known mic, and I have had good luck with other products from them. Found a deal on ebay Im looking at for SM58, 20' XLR cable, and stand for $109. Think I may go that route. Tell me, what is this Phantom power you speak of?

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**Ibanez EW20ZW Electric/Acoustic
**Arbor AJ145CR Jazz
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Phantom power is just a method of sending DC current through audio cables to power some microphones. You'll see it most often for condenser mics. The supplied voltage is usually 48 Volts.


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(@leear)
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well if you just want a dynamic mic i suggest if the bank can handle it a Shure Beta 58, love this mic. If not, a mic i also love that is perfect is the Behringer Mic you get about 3 mics for 60 bucks, sounds cheap but they are actually really good mics i compare them to a SM58 anyday.

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(@twistedlefty)
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well if you just want a dynamic mic i suggest if the bank can handle it a Shure Beta 58, love this mic. If not, a mic i also love that is perfect is the Behringer Mic you get about 3 mics for 60 bucks, sounds cheap but they are actually really good mics i compare them to a SM58 anyday.

+1 for the behringer xm8500, great mic for the money
http://pro-audio.musiciansfriend.com/product/Behringer-XM8500-Microphone?sku=270490&src ="3WFRWXX&ZYXSEM=0&CAWELAID=26020662"

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Sennheiser and Behringer both make good quality kit

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