Shure Beta 87A

Supercardioid vocal condenser for the stage Supercardioid pattern means a tight area of sound pickup, making this the perfect mic for loud stages. Hard of hearing and need those monitors cranked to 11? No problem. The Shure Beta 87A has awesome feedback rejection. I’ve been using the … [Read more...]

Shure Beta 52A

Large diaphragm supercardioid dynamic mic for the kick drum It’s a Shure! You can always trust they dump an incredible amount of research and development into their products. The Beta 52A runs a wide frequency range, granting the audio engineer access to all the kick’s overtones, if … [Read more...]

Sennheiser E815S

Dynamic mic for rehearsal, stage and backup gear The e815S is inexpensive considering its sound quality, durability and reliability. They are sold alone or in a three pack. Perhaps their most remarkable quality is their instrument miking diversity. Vocals, horns, woodwinds, percussion and more … [Read more...]

Neumann KM184

High-quality pencil condenser stereo pair They’re Neumann. You practically can’t go wrong with Neumann. They provide an incredibly crisp stereo image, and are particularly warm when combined with a tube preamp. Like all Neumanns, they’re not cheap. They also start to roll … [Read more...]

Sennheiser E835 Dynamic Microphone

Dynamic mic for stage vocals or guitar amps E835 has clean sound, great construction, is reliable, discreet and affordable. After about four years of being yelled into, the grills on both my e835s are beginning to show rust. For the same price as an SM58 ($99), the e835 pulls ahead … [Read more...]

Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone

This mic has a retro look, warm sound, and is optimized for recording vocals. The Neumann TLM 49 is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone that is best used in the studio. Its cardioid pattern and warm sound make it a favorite for vocal recording. While Neumann makes a great product, it can … [Read more...]

Shure Beta 58A

Dynamic stage mic for vocals Like the Shure SM58, the Beta 58A is an awesome stage vocal mic. It has an advanced polar pickup pattern (supercardioid) and a slightly wider frequency response than the SM58. After five years, this mic has never let me down. Even after being thrown to the wolves … [Read more...]

Audio-Technica AT2020

The Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is an ideal mic for project and home studio applications. It boasts a cardioid pattern, has specs similar to better quality mics, and it’s affordable. The Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone is a low-priced mic suited … [Read more...]

Sennheiser E604

Small dynamic mics fitted with drum clips E604s are small, convenient, have nice pickup for close miking, and clip right onto the drum rim. They’re also sold individually or in packs of three. The clip can become a menace. It’s curved and adjustable, but usually throws the mic a … [Read more...]

Audix D4

Small dynamic mic for low frequency applications The Good This mic kicks and snaps! With a little EQ, it could restart a heart on the right system. Also, it’s affordable and pretty discreet. Sometimes it picks up too much of the bottom end and requires a gate to compensate for the low … [Read more...]