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My Favorite Microphones

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:

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Shure SM7B – Dynamic Microphone

Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone
The Shure SM7B Dynamic Microphone is one of the BEST microphones for recording your voice.

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

Blue Bluebird Condenser Microphone
The Blue Bluebird Condenser Microphone is a GREAT Microphone for capturing audio with great detail. It is very sensitive, and is its appearance looks beautiful!

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

Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone
If there was one microphone I suggest ANY music producer, podcaster, or someone who needs a microphone for their computer, it is the Shure SM58. It is affordable, not super sensitive (good for not picking up background noise), and an industry standard!

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

Audio Technica 2035 Microphone
The Audio Technica 2035 is an affordable microphone that WILL NOT let you down!

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!


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Conclusion

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.

GratuiTous

GratuiTous

GratuiTous is an artist and producer for the name of Jesus. He has many FL Studio Courses, and many BEAT TAPES and ALBUMS! In 2020 he became a Recognized FL Studio Trainer, and was previously an electrician for 10 years in Canada! Learn more..

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4 thoughts on “My Favorite Microphones”

  1. Hi again, or if it’s easier I’m willing to pay you to make a tutorial of you recording your vocal over one of your tracks from start to finish, showing me how I get it clear, eqing it compressing it, again I don’t mind paying you for a tutorial, cheers again Craig.

  2. Hi mate, I own the scarlet 2i2 focusrite pack, is this a good pack to start recording vocals, all my songs are instrumentals just now, but I’ve got all the lyrics written, wen I record my vocal over my instrumental it sounds dull and lifeless, then I read one of your articles and you said FL records your vocal in mono, is this why it sounds dull, how do I get it clear, I wanted to take a course with you on this but you said I need Skype and a camera, I have Skype but never used it, plus no camera, is the camera essential to take a course, please help as I’m gonna be advertising for a vocalist but need to have a better understanding how to record her/ his vocal properly, or have a good start before going to local professional recording studio, thanks, Craig

    1. Hey Craig!

      Mono is what you want when recording a vocal! (It keeps the vocal dead center and allows the listener to stay focused on it!)

      The bring life to your vocal, maybe you could add a bit of brightness on the EQ, but it also sounds like you may need to be adding things like reverb and delay to get it to ‘fit in the mix’ ?

      For the lesson stuff – you do not need a camera. We can actually use any platform to do the lesson on! – Just as long as we can talk, it’s a lot easier than typing 🙂

      (A camera makes it more personal, and being able to see eachother’s screen also allows for a better lesson.)

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