In this write-up, I want to share my favorite microphones I currently own.
One thing I’d like to say before getting into the microphones.. learning about microphones is a totally different aspect of music production than just making beats.
When just making beats, a lot of our sounds are digital. This means they are very pure and extremely high quality. But when we get into recording, there’s big chances for our recordings to fail for multiple reasons:
- Poor room conditions (echos from the room acoustics, or too far from mic)
- Poor performance on the artist (mess up on certain words, super sibilant, way too dynamic, or just a poor singer/rapper in general!)
- Maybe improper mic choice for the voice of the performer
These are not elements we ever have to face with digital audio.. so once you record your vocals, your next step is learning how to mix your music. But in my opinion, I like keeping everything inside my computer as much as possible for the highest-quality, then record when necessary (such as recording vocals into FL Studio with a great microphone).
Let’s get into my current favorite microphones, and why I like them:
Shure SM7B – Dynamic Microphone
The Shure SM7B dynamic microphone is a bit pricey for a starter microphone, but in my opinion, this has been my most favorite microphone in regards to suiting my voice.
I find when I rap, a lot of my words are very sibilant with most condenser microphones I’ve tried.
This makes for a harder processing job come mix time, whether that be having to dial back some high-end on my vocal, or use a de-esser to tame the sibilant words!
But this is a dynamic microphone, and one that so far, I have loved for rapping.
In addition to myself loving this microphone, it’s one of the most popular tutorial microphones you’ll see on YouTube.
There’s also tons of talk about legendary artists using the Shure SM7B to record albums such as Michael Jackson!
There has been updates to the mic over the years, as well as more accessories added to the package such as a bonus wind screen to prevent plosives!
I’m glad I took the jump and purchased the Shure SM7B Dynamic microphone.
Blue Bluebird Condenser Microphone
Note, Blue Microphones was purchased by Logitech in 2018. I am not sure if it is the exact same microphone as I personally own, and cannot tell if it comes with the same metal popfilter shown in my image. It still has great reviews, though!
Blue’s Bluebird Condenser Microphone captures the high end great!
It is a condenser microphone which is very sensitive to the environment around you, so if you’re in a louder type of environment, it’s going to be hard to get that clean recording you want.
I really like the shockmount provided by Blue. It’s a steel cage, and kind of makes you think of a bird in a bird’s nest 😛
In my experience, I had better results with a third-party pop filter in regards to protecting my recording from distorting and removing the loud-end breathes.
Overall, this microphone has done me pretty good, and I do like the overall sound.
I do find when rapping into this microphone, my sibilant words are a bit exaggerated, again, making for more processing come mix time.
Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone
This Shure SM58 was actually my very first microphone I’ve ever purchased.
The reviews are always so good about it, and they still are today!
That was back in 2011, and yes, I still own it!
Shure has actually had a lot of classic microphones used on countless records.
This Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone is incredibly affordable, and is pretty much indestructible!
I’ve even seen videos of people dropping it in water on purpose just to see if it would work after.. (The result was it worked fine!)
Audio Technica 2035 Condenser Microphone
This was my second microphone, which is a condenser! It is sensitive, and captures the highs quite nice. the Audio Technica 2035 is a perfect microphone for getting your feet wet in the industry.
I’ve even used this microphone in my music course called Organic Beats!
So those are my current microphones I have, and I’m pretty happy with all of them!
They all give a different sound, and for me personally, I really like the Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone. It is the most expensive microphone on the list, but with good reason. It’s quiet, captures my voice nice, and makes mixing vocals much easier.. so the price is worth it.
Not all audio interfaces can power the SM7B.. so you may need the Cloudlifter as well.
If you do not yet have an audio interface or microphone, you should check out the audio interface bundle deals companies offer.
Many times they even bundle in headphones and a mic stand – you save a lot this way!
Please let me know if you any questions about these microphones before purchasing.