Best Mic Type?

Discussion in 'Home Recording and Studios' started by JK202, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. JK202

    JK202 Squier Talker

    Jan 17, 2017
    Arlington VA
    Hey everyone,

    I just ordered a Behringer U-PHORIA UMC22 2in2out USB interface and I'm wondering what might be best.. a USB mic or should I get an XLR that pops into the interface? I'd like to keep that cost down under $50. Thoughts?


  2. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    What will you be recording?
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  3. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
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  4. Papa Joe

    Papa Joe Squier-Axpert

    Dec 12, 2009
    Swanton Ohio
    I use the XLR mics.. Unless you luck out and find something used, I can't see anything at your price level that's worth buying..
    For a quality all around mike the SM 57 is hard to beat..Can be used for both vocals and instruments..For vocals only I'd recommend the SM 58..
  5. whaynes3

    whaynes3 Squier-holic

    Apr 3, 2011
    Port Charlotte Fl
    I myself would like to know what type of camera and recording device people use to get a decent video sound quality.. I want to do a composition for the riff raff thread
  6. drewcp

    drewcp Squier-holic

    Dec 14, 2018
    Saint Paul, MN
    Was that directed at me?
  7. Davis Sharp

    Davis Sharp Dr. Squier

    Jan 7, 2016
    Maryland, USA
    No, the OP.
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  8. kjmac

    kjmac Squier-Nut

    Aug 14, 2017
    Omaha, NE
    As far as conventional mics are concerned, I have grown very fond of the Blue Encore series of microphones. I just bought another Encore 100 on a BOGO and got two of them for $100.00. They are more substantial and more linear than my SM58, As far as a usb mic that you can use both for podcasting and amaturish music recording, I recommend the Blue Snowball USB which sells in about the $100.00 price range as well. Here are the links for both.
  9. Conghaille

    Conghaille Squier-holic

    Jul 12, 2016
    At the OP's budget (a mic that fits his interface for under $50), I have to agree with Davis and Papa Joe: that a used SM57 is almost assuredly the best bang for the buck. Even big studios will have a bunch of these for instrument recording. They aren't the most amazing mics, but for $50-70, it's a seriously solid mic, used by pros, that you can grow with. I would avoid buying too much low-end hardware that you'll wind up throwing away or selling for pennies when you're ready for the next step. An SM57 can stay in your locker forever. [It also makes for a great *baseline* mic when making comparisons to other mics, especially other dynamics.]

    This video shows a very good player in a quite good studio comparing an SM57 with an expensive Royer ribbon mic with different amps and different styles, and how both have a good place, alone or blended.

    Last edited: Mar 10, 2019
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