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Re: Best budget microphone?

Postby bill555 » Tue Jun 23, 2020 4:48 am

I agree with trying to find an SDC or dynamic for the guitars and an LDC for voice - both do-able for under 150.

For an SDC, check out isK mics, they are a small company but with a very loyal following and very inexpensive...I think their "Little Gem" SDC only goes for about $30 and all I read are raves about it.

For an inexpensive dynamic, they also have a highly-touted new mic called the ICDM, normally $60 but a promo price of $30 which is IMO a no-brainer.

For an inexpensive LDC to go along with either of those, I'd check the sE X1A ($100), MXL 67 ($60), or AKG 220 ($135). I've heard mixed reviews on the AT 2020 and 2035 FWIW.
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Re: Best budget microphone?

Postby ef37a » Tue Jun 23, 2020 7:02 am

Bill555, the Prodipe TT1 is also around £30 and I have one and it is very similar to an SM57.

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Re: Best budget microphone?

Postby Sam Spoons » Tue Jun 23, 2020 11:05 am

While I would choose a SDC for acoustic guitars I think I would forfeit that in favour of a LDC if voices are involved. And while, as I posted earlier, I would probably choose a dynamic for an electric guitar cabinet I'd still spend as much as I could afford on the best LDC I could find (exactly what the OP has asked) and worry about the others later.

Having said the he has said he's decided to buy a Neat Worker Bee so has nearly enough left over for a SM57 :D
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Re: Best budget microphone?

Postby DC-Choppah » Thu Jun 25, 2020 3:02 am

Blue Bluebird is very nice LDC.

They can be had on ebay. I like how it picks up everything in the room. Very sensitive.
Seems to pick up acoustic instruments: guitars, drums, acoustic bass, violin, horns really nicely!
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