Vocals are primarily categorized as the most important section of a song. I’m not saying that other sections are not important, but vocals are meant to be up front and in your face. So, it is imperative that the quality of your vocals are top-notch. This guide for best studio microphones for vocals will help those who are on a tight budget but still seek that quality sound in their recordings. If you are not concerned about price, consider looking at my TLM 103 Condenser Mic Review. This is my favorite mic that I own in my locker, but it comes with a larger price tag than what will be discussed here.
Recomended Studio Vocal Mics That Won’t Break The Bank
Shure SM7B – $399.99
This flat, wide-range frequency responsive microphone produces some of the cleanest recordings you will hear for under $1000. It is an extremely versatile mic that is commonly used in a variety of applications, such as recording vocals, drums, overheads, bass, and radio personalities. This will be a staple in your mic locker for years to come and coming in at just $399.99, this is a no brainer pickup for the home studio engineer. It features:
- Bass rolloff and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) controls
- Improved rejection of electromagnetic hum
- Internal “air suspension” shock isolation virtually eliminates mechanical noise transmission
- Installed pop filter cap eliminates need for any additional protection against explosive breath sounds
- Yoke mounting with captive stand nut for fast and easy mounting and dismounting
- Classic cardioid polar pattern
- Rugged construction, built to last
- Interchangeable frequency response caps for additional control of mid-high boosts
This is a great pick up for the beginning audio engineer to a seasoned professional.
Rode NT1A Anniversary Package – $229.99
This package is an absolute must for someone who needs an entire vocal setup, and it can be had for just $229. For what comes with it makes this a solid choice for a beginner who’s looking for a startup bundle, or a recording veteran looking to expand their mic locker.
The NT1A comes packaged with:
- Rode SM6 shock mount
- Integrated Pop Filter
- 20′ XLR microphone cable
- Dust cover
- NT1-A Studio Secrets DVD
This microphone is a household name in the audio world. It is highly-spoken of by many professionals and is definitely a Home Studio Zone recommendation.
Warm Audio WA87 – $599.99
Ok, this particular microphone is my absolute favorite mic under $1000 by a long shot! It is a bit more expensive than the previous mics mentioned, but I felt this needed to be addressed. It is a close replica of the famous Neumann U87 at a fraction of the price! Furthermore, it comes in at just $599, so you will be able to experience a super close replica of what used to be an unmatched sound without breaking the bank.
- Based on the classic “87-style” circuit
- Capsule – Lens Kondensator – full replica of the K87 capsule
- 125db SPL rating (without pad), 132db SPL rating (with pad)
- Pad: -10db
- Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Figure eight, and omnidirectional
- -117db Noise
- Includes Shock Mount, Hard Mount, and Wooden Box
If you have a budget that can fit this microphone, I highly recommend picking one of these up because if you could have a one-trick pony vocal mic, this would be it. In my opinion, it is the best studio microphone under $1000. Some say that the Warm Audio WA-87 sounds a bit cleaner than the original U87. I’ll let you decide: