Top 10 Microphones – Best Microphone for Vocals 2019


What are some of the best vocal microphones for live sound? In this video I’ll be sharing with you the first of my top 10 microphone series starting with vocal microphones. Be sure to watch to the end of the video for a free resource to help you with your sound mix. So stick around! Hello again, I’m Rafi Dean and welcome to ARK-AV, your online resource on technical production. On this channel will bring you tips, tools and training to help you get the best performance out of your gear and venue. If you are new here, consider subscribing. And now let’s get on with the video Every sound engineer has his favorite microphones for different applications. To help you choose the best microphones for the job, I’m putting together a series of my top 10 microphones starting with vocal microphones Starting off at no.10 the Sennheiser e835. An above-average budget microphone with a cardioid pickup pattern that is slightly wider than the rest so it can pick you up singing even if you’re slightly off axis. The bright frequency response is also pleasing for vocals. At no.9 the Blue en-CORE 100, a studio grade cardioid dynamic microphone with a hand-built capsule there is suitable for live stage performances. Performances it also come with two colors for the capsules so you can choose what pleases you aesthetically No.8 the Shure Beta 57A. Although used mostly as an instrument mic, This can be used as vocals as well because of the excellent rear Rejection and the sonic quality that is crisp and clear for live stages Next at no.7 is the Electro-Voice ND76 76 this well-built microphone has a nice boosted treble frequency, which makes it nice for crispy vocals. At no. 6 the Telefunken M80 This microphone was designed to reduce the proximity effect Which means when you’re talking close to the microphone your voice doesn’t sound boom and it still comes with excellent rear rejection due to this super cardioid pattern and No. 5 the AKG D7 This is a reference dynamic microphone with an open subtle and detailed sound just like a condenser microphone But not at that price tag and No. 4 the Audio Technica AT2020 This is a cardioid condenser Microphone that is an absolute steal to be purchased at under US hundred dollars It is designed to bring studio quality into the live stage. At no. 3 the SE electronics V7. This is proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get excellent sounding vocals on a live stage the v7 also isolates against ambient noise So you have excellent gain before feedback. At No. 2 the Sennheiser e945. A super cardioid dynamic microphone that helps you isolate your vocals from all the ambient noise on stage this microphone also has excellent frequency response for vocals and is backed up by a 10-year warranty. And at No. 1, the legendary Shure SM58 This microphone will likely outlive every other microphone in your cabinet as it is practically indestructible. With a frequency response that is specifically tuned for vocal performance this microphone just works with anyone at any time. and did I mention it is indestructible? And there you have it, my top 10 best vocal microphones for live sound. And here’s that free resource you’ve been waiting for. Check the link in the description below for a free EQ guide from ARK-AV This is to help you make your sound checks more effective and smooth sailing Question of the Day: What are some of your favorite microphones for live vocals? Let me know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below. Thanks for watching If you liked this video, give it a thumbs up And let us know what other topics you would like us to cover in the comments section below Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter at @arkavproduction. Don’t forget to subscribe for more tips, tools and training with ARK-AV and we’ll see you in the next video!

6 comments

Great video! Looking forward to watching the remaining videos in the series, Rafi! How would you place/rate the Shure KSM9?

AE6100 and ATM98. Works well in many places. Especially the ATM98, it sounds weird on it's own but with a live band, it cuts nicely without the painful highs and flows about the rest of the instruments. It also has a headroom with tons of gain before feedback.

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