Studio condenser mic: MXL V87 vs AKG Perception 220?

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Member Since: Jul 16, 2011

I am upgrading my studio condenser mic. I have been using a cheap Apex 435 which costs me around $60 from I use the mic for vocal recording as I plug acoustic guitars to the amp. Now I have my eye on 2 mics. Both are under US$200. The first one is:

MXL V87 Condenser Microphone
MXL V87 Condenser Microphone - find the largest selection of the hottest music gear at music123

One thing that I like with this mic is it has a custom metal pop filter. The downside it hasn't got a case not even a soft bag but then again I don't use it for travel so I won't be carrying this around. It will remain on the mic stand all the time.

The second one is:

New AKG Perception 220 Condenser Mic +Shockmount + Case | eBay

The good side is it has a hard shell case.

Can anyone give me any advice which one to get?

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Since: Jul 16, 2011

Jul 16, 2011 11:55 am

I am no pro so I don't expect professional level sound recording that costs lots of money. I record songs to post on Youtube. At the moment I use my Apex 435 with a Behringer 1202FX mixer and a Boss Pro CL-50 limiter/compressor/gate connected to the line in input of my desktop. Here is an example of my recent recording using my sound gear:

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