Home studio recording allows you the luxury of doing what you love—making music—within the comfort of familiar surroundings, away from office distractions. Whether you are a professional or recreational musician, sound engineer, or producer, having your own home recording studio will provide a special and private place for you and your team to express yourselves creatively. The most important piece of equipment for your home recording studio is a voice over microphone.
The voice over microphone is one tool that you don’t want to buy in haste without research. You want something that is reliable and of high quality to produce the best voice sound possible during a recording. Talk to other musicians and read a variety of reviews.
Listed below are the top 5 voice over microphones covering a wide price range to help you decide what meets your particular needs, preferences, and budget. They all work very well, but the important thing is for you to determine which one is the best personal fit for you.
1. Neumann U-87
This is the classic, most widely used, and also called the “holy grail” of microphones. Well-known for its smooth, natural, and well-balanced sound characteristics, it has been recognized as the industry standard for decades. Price estimate is between $3000-4000.
2. Studio Projects C1
This model shares the same characteristics and amazing clarity of the Neumann U-87 at a much more affordable price. It costs approximately $300.
3. Lawson L-47MP II
This is a world class microphone loved for its warm and soft sounds. It is perfectly suited for jazz music. The cost is $2000 on average.
4. Electro-Voice RE20
The RE20 is another industry standard and preferred by many broadcasters and sound engineers worldwide. Because it is not overly sensitive, it is ideal for home recording studios where it can be hard to isolate the sound source. Price estimate is approximately $500.
5. ROD NT1-A
Priced at approximately $200, the NT1-A is an incredible value for extremely high quality recording. It boasts exceptional clarity and a dynamic range. This microphone produces professional studio quality sound and is an emerging favorite for home studio recordings.
These models represent a small sample of what is available on the market. Take time to do your own research online by searching company websites, reviews, and blogs. Go to a music store to listen and compare sound between microphones. You may even be able to take some microphones home with you to test them out more extensively in your studio. Talk to other musicians, consider the way the microphone feels and looks; the aesthetic value and how it fits into the décor of your studio may be important to you. Ultimately, whatever sounds best to you, and staying within your budget, will ensure that you make the best choice that is right for you.
Be weary of anything under $100. When it comes to microphones, in most cases, the old adage “you get what you pay for” definitely applies. Still, don’t let that shy you away from deals. They are out there, just make sure you test and research the product you purchase.