Best dynamic mic to use for recording / live?
Posted on Sep 13, 2002 04:46 pm
Member Since: Sep 13, 2002
With about a $200 budget, I am going to set out to get a dynamic mic for recording / live uses (but mostly the first one).
I already have a Shure SM58, and I'm happy with the results of that, but I wanted to upgrade to something a little better for recording. I have taken interest in purchasing the Shure Beta58a, is this the right choice?
The vocals I will be recording are metal/scream style similar to Pantera/Fearfactory/Etc.
Does anyone have any recommendations? Or is the Beta the best choice in my scenario?
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Sep 14, 2002 11:46 am I am not the best guy to talk about this, but I can tell you there is a slot of this same type of chatter scattered throughout the forum, maybe just stroll through it and see what people are using.
Sep 14, 2002 12:38 pm I will defend the Shure SM-57 to the death (well, almost to the death) as the best dynamic mic ever. It can be used for just about anything. And the more you have, the better in my opinion. If I were in your shoes, I'd go get 2 of 'em, since there usually around $89 each. But that's just me...
Sep 14, 2002 02:12 pm Ya, the 57 rocks as far as the sound quality/price/durability ratio goes, and I as well will defend it to near death, but for strict vocal work, knowing full well it won't be doing anything else, I would give a good recommendation to the Beta ( service.bfast.com/bfast/c...mp;bfmtype=gear ) as well, I think you would be very happy with that. The SM58 should do a fine job as well. The Beta 87a ( service.bfast.com/bfast/c...mp;bfmtype=gear ) might be worth a listen as well.
Sep 14, 2002 02:28 pm Oh, I forgot to mention the 57 as well. We have 3 of those that we for our drums. I guess I could check out all 3, but due to pride (...stupid pride), if I spend $160 on the Beta, I'm probably going to be more inclined to go with that, regardless of what other results I can get with currently owned microphones. =)
Sep 14, 2002 02:45 pm got money just burning a hole in your pocket, eh? hehehe
Sep 14, 2002 06:32 pm Haha, well, sort of. It's like a birthday-gift kind of thing. I've been having some feedback issues and stuff live as well, plus I hear the Beta58 is just better.
I'm thinking of maybe getting the Behringer Autocomm compressor as well, but I'm not sure because I have a ****(You see kids, here was a word that was naughty, so i had to edit it out and through this little thing in his post making it longer, and generally a bit annyoing. And all because someone looked over a rule, so if you don't want this in your next post, DON'T CUSS IN EM.)****-Loki- compressor that's incorporated into my Digitech Vocalist 300, all the rest of the compression we do in post with Sound Forge.
We have the Behringer MX2004A (I think that's the model #), plus the pedal has preamp simulation (which I don't turn up too high for obvious reasons). I don't know, have you had any experience with using the Vocalist 300? Is a better compressor or a preamp really needed in my scenario?
Sep 15, 2002 05:50 pm Well a good stereo compressor is always good to have. I use one on my Drums and Vocals, as does most everyone here, you're going to want to compress a bit before the signal gets to the computer.
Since: Apr 07, 2002
Noize2uCzar of MidiAdministrator
Sep 15, 2002 06:03 pm I use the Behringer Composer Pro, and have had many year's of great service form it. The Auto-com is very good piece of gear as well. Very straight forward and easy to use.
Since: Apr 04, 2002
As far as a mic goes, You want to look for a mic that will handel some very high SPL's. This will allow for a better recording because they can take the punishment a vocalist like that would put on it.
Sep 16, 2002 10:23 am So far, everyone I've spoken to about their Beta 58 has told me that they like the SM 58 just as much and wish they hadn't spent the extra money on the Beta. I have heard good things about the Beta 57 however. That might be something to look into.
Sep 16, 2002 10:59 am Hmm. Well I've been checking out the Audio Technica AE6100 ... would that be a better choice for my vocal style live/studio than the Beta 58?
Sep 17, 2002 08:45 am I'm just curious, why, if you already have SM58 and SM57's are you looking for another dynamic mic? Sounds to me like you've got that pretty well covered. If you are looking for a mike to give you vocals a little more zing, I would think you would be better served to look into a large capsule condenser mic. There are a few out there in the $200 range right now.
The only two dynamic mic's that come to mind that are a real ugrade to the ones you already have are the Shure SM7 and the Sennheiser MD 421. They are both above your budget.
Sep 17, 2002 01:56 pm I use the Behringer Autocom and find it a good compressor for the price. And as Still4given mentioned, you would want a large diaphram condenser mic for recording Vocals. I use the behringer B-2 and have had good results. The B2 is a hand-assembled condenser with a one-inch, gold-sputtered, dual-diaphragm capsule. It features an open, natural character; a flat 20Hz-20kHz frequency response; the flexibility of switchable polar patterns (omnidirectional or cardioid); a switchable high-pass filter; a -10dB pad; and low-noise FET circuitry. It also comes with pop filter, shock mount, and hard shell case. Price = $199.99 as Musician's Friend.
GeoffSM7b the Chuck Noris of Mic'sContributor
Sep 17, 2002 07:35 pm I agree whit tripnek I have the little bro the B-1 and its awsome ( also 100$) , the condencer mic is the better way to go for recording vocals , that's my 2 cents , but i still use shure mic's live .
Since: Jun 20, 2002
Noize2uCzar of MidiAdministrator
Sep 17, 2002 10:16 pm Or another good choice to look at is the Oktava Mk319. It is one of the warmest sounding mic's around in the under $200.00 price range. And it will handle some pretty decent SPL's. Meaning your screamer can bellar all he want's and it will sound good.
Since: Apr 04, 2002
Sep 18, 2002 09:33 am If the main purpose is to record vocal tracks, then you won't regret if you buy a condenser mic.
Since: Apr 19, 2002
I, for personal experience recommend the Audio Technica AT3035 but I have to tell that I've heard good things about the Oktava Mk319, the Studio Projects (that now have the "B" series) and the Behringers.
Hope this help.
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