Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

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Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by noobstring » September 17th, 2015, 8:33 am

Continuing on my quest for dirt cheap recording gear, I'm now looking for a mic. I'd like something that's got at least acceptable sound quality and able to record both vocals (male ones so nothing too high) and maybe off the amp. I'm looking for something around 100-150 euros/dollars. I've found a couple but the reviews are really inconsistent on what's really good and what just seems good.

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Re: Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by Ronny Montgomery » October 7th, 2015, 9:24 am


You can't go wrong with an SM 58.

I came across this site, have a look hope it helps.

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Re: Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by chalkoutline » October 8th, 2015, 4:26 am

+1 on the SM58. The info on the 58 says its a vocal mic. Info says the SM57 is an instrument mike. I have seen the 58 used for amps as well. Probably a good choice.
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Re: Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by dawguy » November 4th, 2015, 1:32 am

The SM58 is a great choice. One of the best according to this article

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Re: Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by lachlanh » February 23rd, 2016, 3:16 pm

As far as I'm aware the sm58 and sm57 are essentially the same mic except the sm58 is unidirectional and the sm57 isn't. If you're recording instruments definitely want to for the sm57. Vocals are okay with an sm57 but even better would be a condenser mic which are usually pretty expensive but there is a brilliant cheap - rode nt1a. I use it all the time. Also good for recording instruments. You'll need phantom power though.
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Re: Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by oneflightup » May 19th, 2016, 4:14 am

Hi all,

You're right, the SM57 and SM58 are essentially the same mic. The 58 has the added pop screen 'sphere' for vocals.

They're both cardioid (uni-directional).

Even though both are relatively cheap, they are excellent mics - well worth the money. You can record entire albums (every instrument) with 57's and they sound great. Many, MANY classic / successful albums have had 57s all over them.

Go with a 57..... :)



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Re: Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by TonyFretless » October 12th, 2016, 2:29 pm

Ironically, although SM in Shure's iconic mic range stands for Studio Microphone, the SM58 is much more a stage mic than a good studio beast. Visit Abbey Road studios - you'll find Neumanns, AKGs and the like by the score, a handful of SM57s (they're great for snare drums, electric insrument cabs, and getting a certain "retro" feel on voice and sax). You'll only find about ONE SM58 in the entire place (and remember Abbey Road Studio 1 is still the largest commercial recording studio in the world (yes, I know BBC Radio has a larger orchestral studio just down the road...)).

So, mainstream dynamic mic for this sort of work, I'd go for the SM57, or look at models by AKG and Sennheiser.

But, for true-to-original sound recording at $100-150, why not go for a good condenser mic (assuming you have a mic input that will support phantom power)? The large diaphragm sE-X1 from sE Electronics is a stunning vocal and general-purpose instrument mic, every bit as sexy as its name might hint. :wink: Buy the sE-X1 Vocal Pack, and you get a pro studio quality pop shield and a decent, anti-noise suspension mount bundled in. Should still get it for less than US$150.

As a musician, music technologist, recording engineer, I've used some very expensive mics (AMS/Calrec, Neumann, top-end AKGs); I've also used some utterly appalling mics (not all of which were bargain-basement cheap!) - but I see precious little on the current market to touch the quality-per-dollar of many models in the sE range. As a general-purpose "go to" large diaphragm condenser, the sE-X1 a real peach. Clean, precise, honest vocals (with just a trace of warmth); frightning honesty with acoustic guitar; great with cabs (just don't turn it up too loud); it'll even give a delicious, silky sparkle as an overhead above a drm kit.

If you want to run it straight into a PC or Mac, there is a USB version available.

About the only firm I can think of that might offer something to compete for quality, versatility and price might be R0DE - but certainly, for my studio today, there's nothing near the price to touch it.
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Re: Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by waylon » January 26th, 2017, 8:04 am

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Re: Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by LessPaul » January 27th, 2017, 9:54 pm

+1 on the sure mics. I like betas. If I were in your shoes I'd get a beta 58 if I wanted to play live and a Beta 57 if i were mainly recording. Then I'd get the other one later once I could swing it.

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Re: Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by puzzlevortex » March 29th, 2017, 12:54 pm

i have a rode nt2, which is a condenser mic. I've heard its one of the best you can get for the price $250.
It sounds pretty good to me, but im not a mic expert.

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Re: Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by Marioziv » October 15th, 2017, 10:22 am

I found an interesting review for a mic on this link:
Maybe it's not cheap but has nice review, also I suggest this link: ... crophones/

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Re: Any suggestions for really cheap mics?

Post by Cloudyifr » October 16th, 2017, 5:05 am

I don't play outside my studio as I'm a beginner but I'm very pleased with this mic, the reviews are really good too. ... UTF8&psc=1


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