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    Hey everyone. I know I asked about that Neumman mic a bit back, but I decided to heed your sage advice and not buy that one. Anyway, at my last show I had my old EV ND 767 just up and DIE on me and had to borrow one of the drummer's instrument mics just to get through the rest of the show. Anyway, I love the EV mic, but I also know that the SM58 is industry standard. The Beta58 is considered a step above. and the ND767 is also a mic with a great rep. I am going to head out to Guitar Center this weekend to try them all and any others, but here is my question:



    What mics do you guys prefer?



    I will make this a poll. If you choose "other" then please, please, please post the mic you chose and why! lol Don't just click the choice.

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    Where's the Poll?



    I like the Sennheiser e945,,, roughly $220. (super-cardioid dynamic). Great bottom-end, while retaining good intelligibility.



    The e935 is $40. less, and it's a cardioid dynamic. A little more forgiving of bad technique than the e945. Very tight pick-up pattern.



    Both are great mics for that price.



    You might wanna try the Blue en*CORE 300, at roughly $199. (condenser) American Idol was using those as their stage-mics last year (or maybe the year prior)
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    • #3
      If you dig around you'll find the threads here and on the acousticguitar forum where I shared my own little search for a vocal mic. In a nutshell, I started off with an SM58 and used that for a while, then eventually I tried a whole bunch of the usual suspects for stage vocal use in this price range, and finally settled on a Heil PR35. Vocal mics can be very voice-specific (there were plenty that I tried on the recommendations of others that just did nothing special for my voice). For me, the best mics I tried were the 767a, which I used for quite a while, then the PR35, which was love at first try and has remained my main lead vocal mic ever since. I first heard it being used at a local small venue by Dave Alvin, and the sound the sound lady was getting on his voice that night made me feel I just had to try the Heil. But try as many mics as you can.



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        Quote Originally Posted by Bobby1Note
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        Where's the Poll?




        Ugh! I am a moron! A microsecond after hitting "submit" to create the thread, I realized I forgot to create the poll. I then tried to edit this one to add the poll, but no go. I then tried to delete this thread and start all over. lol Oh well. NO poll, but you can still post.

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        • #5
          The suggestion to try as many vocal mics as you can, to see what sounds good for your voice, is good advice. I respectfully suggest that there is no one "magic mic" that works for every voice, especially in a live setting. If there was one "magic mic", wouldn't it be the go-to mic for everybody? Mark C.
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            Quote Originally Posted by Miko Man
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            The suggestion to try as many vocal mics as you can, to see what sounds good for your voice, is good advice. I respectfully suggest that there is no one "magic mic" that works for every voice, especially in a live setting. If there was one "magic mic", wouldn't it be the go-to mic for everybody? Mark C.




            +1



            Mics fit voices like wearing clothes that fit properly. Given that, a few potential candidates



            Senn 935/945

            Beta 58/86/87

            Heil PR35

            EV 767/967

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            • #7
              The best mic for under $250 is the one you prefer after trying everything available to you. If you haven't done that yet, you won't know if you found the best mic. There are no rules beyond:



              Buy something from a reuptable manufacturer in case you need service.

              Buy something durable for a live mic.

              Avoid omni unless you play really quiet stages.



              I think I am done. everything else is fair game.

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              • #8
                I like the SM58. It's pattern lets me run one monitor per mic, right behind the mic. The Beta58 is more for 2 monitors per mic at 45 degree angles... I like to keep it simple. My other vocal are a Line6 XD-V70, and a V75, which work great as well.
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                • #9
                  Love me some Beta 87 C for MY vocals.
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                  • #10
                    I use the PR 35 as my go to mic. The Senn 935 and 945 are right there also. Trying out a PR 35 is tough as I rarely see them available in my area. The 935 is available at most GC's for a try.

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                    • #11
                      I like the Audio-Technica ATM-710's. I have 4 of them. Anything from podium mics to handheld vocals.
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                      • #12
                        I love my Beta 87a, too. It sounds a little smoother on top than my Beta 57a and 58a.

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                        • #13
                          I tried the PR-35 and really did not care for it.



                          There is no best mic, there are better mics for one application over another but you need to define what your application is and how the stage set-up and acoustics might interact.
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                            Quote Originally Posted by ChiroVette
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                            Hey everyone. I know I asked about that Neumman mic a bit back, but I decided to heed your sage advice and not buy that one. Anyway, at my last show I had my old EV ND 767 just up and DIE on me and had to borrow one of the drummer's instrument mics just to get through the rest of the show. Anyway, I love the EV mic, but I also know that the SM58 is industry standard. The Beta58 is considered a step above. and the ND767 is also a mic with a great rep. I am going to head out to Guitar Center this weekend to try them all and any others, but here is my question:



                            What mics do you guys prefer?



                            I will make this a poll. If you choose "other" then please, please, please post the mic you chose and why! lol Don't just click the choice.




                            Maybe the question should be what are some good mics for me to try that are under $250.00 dollars. My answer would be once you've tried them all in the store then you might have a totally different opinion on the gig.



                            I have SM58's, Beta58's and E835's. I can generally accomplish something with one of those mics. But as you can see there are plenty of others.

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