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” As more and more people produce music by themselves, home recording studios & equipment get a lot of interest. This list is to give you budget microphone options that perform pretty close to the well known, expensive equipment.

While choosing a microphone for your setup you have priorities. Quality, task, price and environment decides on what you should buy for your current situation. I prepared this list considering a large group of people thinking,

  • Microphone should be transparent & let me produce a professional final sound
  • I would like to use this mic for multiple tasks (recording vocals, percussion, strings, etc)
  • Let me have the sound quality with the lowest price possible

(This list is for condenser mics, if you have a noisy environment look for a dynamic microphone like this all time classic, but remember that you will loose detail & presence.)

Audio-Technica AT2035

 

at 2035

(Price : 150 $)

Audio-Technica AT2035 is my favourite budget microphone on this list. Clean, detailed sound with enough bass energy, a real multipurpose workhouse. This microphone can easily compete with really expensive gear and may produce pretty similar results (after a little post). If your budget is under 200 $, do not look elsewhere.

Buy AT2035

Features:

  • Large diaphragm for smooth, natural sound and low noise
  • High SPL handling and wide dynamic range provide unmatched versatility
  • Custom shock mount provides superior isolation
  • Switchable 80 Hz high-pass filter and 10 dB pad
  • Cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of sounds from the sides and rear, improving isolation of desired sound source
  • Includes custom shock mount & protective pouch

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 Rode NT1A

 

nt1a

(Price : 230 $)

Rode NT1A sounds warm, clear, and crisp. If you are looking for a warm vocal mic, this guy is for you. When compared to AT2035, NT1A has a little more low energy.

Buy NT1A

Features :

  • Large 1” capsule with gold plated diaphragm
  • Cardioid polar pattern
  • Ultra low noise, self noise of only 5dB (A)
  • Wide dynamic range
  • True condenser (externally biased)
  • Internal capsule shock mounting
  • Includes RØDE SM6 shock mount, pop filter and dust cover

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 SE Electronics sE2200a

 

se2200a

(Price : 300 $)

SE2200a has a modern, crisp, breathing sound. There is a nice balance between lows, mids and hi’s. Without much further EQ, recordings sit into the mix easily. Aside from the first two mins, this is a solidly built multi pattern mic.

Buy SE2200a

Features :

  • The sE2200a II Multi-Pattern microphone
  • Uses a hand-crafted, 1″ gold sputtered diaphragm
  • Handcrafted capsule

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 AKG Pro Audio C214

 

akg-c214

(Price : 320 $)

AKG C214 is a beast. AKG makes great mics, not just soundwise but aesthetically as well. With this microphone you may look for a character rather than transparency and flat response. This is also a multipurpose mic.

Buy AKG C214

Features :

  • Sonic character of the C414 XLII
    for beautifully detailed recording of lead vocals and solo instruments
  • Outstanding dynamic range and ultralow noise
    for close-up recording of high-output sources of up to 156dB SPL
  • Switchable 20dB attenuator and bass-cut filter
    for close-up recording and reduction of proximity effect
  • Integrated suspension
    to reduce mechanical noise and vibration from stage
  • Roadworthy design
    all-metal die-cast body with shock- and scratch-resistant finish

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You can trust these microphones on most cases in your home studio. But which one would I choose from these 4, well AT2035 and C214 are my personal favourites.

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  • “SE2200a has a modern, crisp, breathing sound. ”

    How loud is this “breathing sound”?

    Doesn’t it interfere with performances/recordings?

    Maybe your SE2200a is faulty?

    I’d get it looked at if I were you 😉

    • “Breathing sound” is for a well defined high end, 12K to 20K. I would prefer a lively-breathing recording rather than a dull one for most cases. Surely not so loud 😉

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