Top 10 Condenser Microphones for Vocal
for April 2021

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AKG P420 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone for Vocals, Piano, Woodwind, Percussion, and String Instruments Bundle with Blucoil Boom Arm Plus Pop Filter, and 10-FT Balanced XLR Cable

AKG P420 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone for Vocals

Piano, Woodwind, Percussion, and String Instruments Bundle with Blucoil Boom Arm Plus Pop Filter, and 10-FT Balanced XLR Cable

by AKG
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Product Features

  • DELIVERS IMPROVED CLARITY AND SONIC DETAILS - The AKG P420 has dual 1" diaphragms that provide clean and clear sounds with zero coloration.
  • OFFERS 3 POLAR PATTERNS - You can use Cardioid for solo voiceovers and podcasting. The Omnidirectional is great for picking up orchestras, conference calls, and multiple-person recordings. If you'll record a duet, then Bidirectional is your best bet.
  • GIVES YOU EXTRA CONTROL - The -20dB attenuation pad increases your audio signal headroom to prevent output overloading. Whereas the Bass-Cut Filter reduces the low-end distortion and proximity effect of closed-in miking.
  • INCLUDES - AKG P420 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone; Spider Shock Mount; Carrying Case. Blucoil All-in-One Microphone Boom Arm Plus Pop Filter. Blucoil 10-Foot Balanced XLR Cable - Premium Series 3-Pin Cable for Microphones, Speakers, and Pro Devices (Male-to-Female).
  • REPRODUCES CRISP VOCAL SOUNDS - The condenser microphone is great for capturing lead vocals as it gives a nice low end and treble with flat mid-section.

Includes - AKG p420 large-diaphragm cardioid condenser microphone; spider shock mount; carrying case. blucoil all-in-one microphone boom arm plus pop filter. blucoil 10-foot balanced xlr cable - premium series 3-pin cable for microphones, speakers, and pro devices (male-to-female). Delivers improved clarity and sonic details - the AKG p420 has dual 1" diaphragms that provide clean and clear sounds with zero coloration. Gives you extra control - the -20db attenuation pad increases your audio signal headroom to prevent output overloading. whereas the bass-cut filter reduces the low-end distortion and proximity effect of closed-in miking. Offers 3 polar patterns - you can use cardioid for solo voiceovers and podcasting. the omnidirectional is great for picking up orchestras, conference calls, and multiple-person recordings. if you'll record a duet, then bidirectional is your best bet. Reproduces crisp vocal sounds - the condenser microphone is great for capturing lead vocals as it gives a nice low end and treble with flat mid-section.

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MXL 990 Cardioid Condenser Microphone for Vocals and Acoustic Guitar Recording (Black) Bundle with Blucoil Boom Arm Plus Pop Filter, and 10-FT Balanced XLR Cable

MXL 990 Cardioid Condenser Microphone for Vocals and Acoustic Guitar Recording (Black) Bundle with Blucoil Boom Arm Plus Pop Filter

and 10-FT Balanced XLR Cable

by MXL
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Product Features

  • PROVIDES HIGH-QUALITY RECORDING - The MXL 990 microphone offers a low 20dB self-noise and high 130dB SPL handling. You can clearly record vocals or acoustics without worrying about distortion. *NOTE: Requires +48V phantom power to operate.
  • INCLUDES - MXL 990 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black); Shockmount; Adapter for Mic Stand; Rugged Carry Case. Blucoil All-in-One Microphone Boom Arm Plus Pop Filter. Blucoil 10-Foot Balanced XLR Cable - Premium Series 3-Pin Cable for Microphones, Speakers, and Pro Devices (Male-to-Female).
  • MAKES VOCALS AND GUITAR SOUND MORE DYNAMIC - The MXL 990 is equipped with a 22mm condenser capsule, low-noise FET preamp, and balanced output. It produces silky sweet high-end while retaining the tight lows, and mid-range.
  • YIELDS FULL-BODIED SOUND - The condenser mic enhances your voice or acoustic guitar as it provides a neutral sound reproduction with a full, rich tone. You can use it for music recording and podcasting.
  • OFFERS LOW-NOISE OPERATION - The cardioid microphone captures the audio source in front of the mic capsule and isolates background noise from the sides and rear. The included shockmount further reduce mechanical vibration pickup.

Offers low-noise operation - the cardioid microphone captures the audio source in front of the mic capsule and isolates background noise from the sides and rear. the included shockmount further reduce mechanical vibration pickup. Provides high-quality recording - the MXL 990 microphone offers a low 20db self-noise and high 130db spl handling. you can clearly record vocals or acoustics without worrying about distortion. *note: requires +48v phantom power to operate. Includes - MXL 990 cardioid condenser microphone (black); shockmount; adapter for mic stand; rugged carry case. blucoil all-in-one microphone boom arm plus pop filter. blucoil 10-foot balanced xlr cable - premium series 3-pin cable for microphones, speakers, and pro devices (male-to-female). Yields full-bodied sound - the condenser mic enhances your voice or acoustic guitar as it provides a neutral sound reproduction with a full, rich tone. you can use it for music recording and podcasting. Makes vocals and guitar sound more dynamic - the MXL 990 is equipped with a 22mm condenser capsule, low-noise fet preamp, and balanced output. it produces silky sweet high-end while retaining the tight lows, and mid-range.

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XLR Condenser Microphone Kit MAONO AU-PM320S Professional Cardioid Vocal Studio Recording Mic for Streaming, Voice Over, Project, Home-Studio

XLR Condenser Microphone Kit MAONO AU-PM320S Professional Cardioid Vocal Studio Recording Mic for Streaming

Voice Over, Project, Home-Studio

by MAONO
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Product Features

  • BROAD COMPATIBILITY: This microphone is an XLR interface, you need a phantom power supply or sound card that can provide 48V voltage (not included in the package), through the sound card or phantom power supply, you can connect to your Windows/IOS/IPad/phone, Maono ---AU-PM320S can bring you an excellent sound experience.
  • HIGH CONFIGURATION: Built-in large Dia.16mm condenser capsule, Custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response. High-SPL handling and wide dynamic range make wide versatility. This high-quality XLR microphone is ideal for recording sounds and suitable for podcasting, recording, streaming, gaming, and online chatting.
  • PACKING LIST: package includes microphone*1, boom arm*1, metal shock mount*1, pop filter*1, windscreen*1, XLR to XLR cable*1 and User manual*1.
  • LOW NOISY: This XLR microphone uses a 98 in male to the female XLR cable connection, and the Pro-grade microphone cord is designed for microphones. Cardioid pointing can reduce the pickup of surrounding noise and bring you an immersive recording experience. The shock absorber can reduce the noise caused by vibration. Pop filter and windscreen cap can lower wind and Saliva interference and make your voice more clear.

High configuration: built-in large dia.16mm condenser capsule, custom-engineered low-mass diaphragm provides extended frequency response and superior transient response. high-spl handling and wide dynamic range make wide versatility. this high-quality xlr microphone is ideal for recording sounds and suitable for podcasting, recording, streaming, gaming, and online chatting. Low noisy: this xlr microphone uses a 98 in male to the female xlr cable connection, and the pro-grade microphone cord is designed for microphones. cardioid pointing can reduce the pickup of surrounding noise and bring you an immersive recording experience. the shock absorber can reduce the noise caused by vibration. pop filter and windscreen cap can lower wind and saliva interference and make your voice more clear. Packing list: package includes microphone*1, boom arm*1, metal shock mount*1, pop filter*1, windscreen*1, xlr to xlr cable*1 and user manual*1. Broad compatibility: this microphone is an xlr interface, you need a phantom power supply or sound card that can provide 48v voltage (not included in the package), through the sound card or phantom power supply, you can connect to your windows/ios/ipad/phone, MAONO ---au-pm320s can bring you an excellent sound experience.

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Shure MV88+ Video Kit with Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for Apple and Android

Shure MV88+ Video Kit with Digital Stereo Condenser Microphone for Apple and Android

by Shure
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Product Features

  • NO WIND NOISE: Includes a black foam windscreen (part number AMV88-WS); please note that the windscreen comes attached and can be removed if desired.
  • FULL CONTROL: Multiple stereo width and Polar pattern options for ultimate flexibility.
  • CHARGE ON THE MOVE: Allows for phone charging while the mic is in use (requires USB-A cable and Apple USB3 camera adapter)- iOS users only.
  • LIVESTREAM READY: Perfect for livestreaming if 3rd party application recognises USB/Lightning audio
  • HEADPHONE MONITORING: Built-in headphone output for real-time headphone monitoring

Headphone monitoring: built-in headphone output for real-time headphone monitoring Apple mfi certified: made for iphone/ipad/ipod certified for direct connection to apple ios devices No wind noise: includes a black foam windscreen (part number amv88-ws); please note that the windscreen comes attached and can be removed if desired. Livestream ready: perfect for livestreaming if 3rd party application recognises usb/lightning audio Charge on the move: allows for phone charging while the mic is in use (requires usb-a cable and apple usb3 camera adapter)- ios users only. Ios, android* & desktop compatible: supplied lightning and usb-c cables allow for connection to ios, android* and desktop devices Two free apps: Shureplus motiv audio & Shureplus motiv video allow you to customize the performance and set-up of the microphone for professional audio and video capture. ios and android versions available Fully compatible: full list of compatible devices available on Shure.com. Full control: multiple stereo width and polar pattern options for ultimate flexibility.

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AKG Pro Audio P220 Vocal Condenser Microphone, Black

AKG Pro Audio P220 Vocal Condenser Microphone

Black

by AKG
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Product Features

  • Audio Frequency response: 20Hz to 20kHz
  • Country of Origin : United States
  • Package Dimensions: 24.6 H x 13.2 L x 23.0 W (centimetres)
  • Package Weight: 1.859 kilograms

Package weight: 1.859 kilograms Audio frequency response: 20hz to 20khz Package dimensions: 24.6 h x 13.2 l x 23.0 w (centimetres) Country of origin : united states

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Shure MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone (Black) + USB & Lightning Cable

Shure MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone (Black) + USB & Lightning Cable

by Shure Incorporated
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Product Features

  • Available in 2 colors gray with black foam and black with red foam
  • Included anodized aluminum desktop stand and integrated thread mount compatible with any standard 1/4" camera tripod thread
  • Apple MFi (Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad) Certified for direct connection to any iOS device without the need for any additional adapters or connection kits
  • Custom-tuned microphone capsule provides best-in-class audio
  • Includes one (1) MicroB-to-USB cable and one (1) MicroB-to-Lightning cable

3 dsp preset modes (vocals, flat, instrument) Includes one (1) microb-to-usb cable and one (1) microb-to-lightning cable Low-profile, portable design measures only 2.5 inches / 7 cm tall (5.5 inches / 14 cm on included stand) Available in 2 colors gray with black foam and black with red foam Automatically applies gain, eq, compression and limiting for optimal results Custom-tuned microphone capsule provides best-in-class audio Included anodized aluminum desktop stand and integrated thread mount compatible with any standard 1/4" camera tripod thread Apple mfi (made for iphone/ipod/ipad) certified for direct connection to any ios device without the need for any additional adapters or connection kits Built-in headphone output for real-time monitoring

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Shure SM86-LC Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

Shure SM86-LC Cardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

by Shure Incorporated
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Product Features

  • An internal windscreen reduces noise caused by wind and breath sounds.
  • Condenser elements are more sensitive resulting in greater output level, frequency response and dynamics.
  • The Cardioid pattern reduces off-axis signal resulting in greater performance around stage monitors, loud instruments etc.
  • 11 to 52 Vdc Phantom Power is required. (Phantom power needs to be used in order for this microphone to operate properly.)

Condenser elements are more sensitive resulting in greater output level, frequency response and dynamics. An internal windscreen reduces noise caused by wind and breath sounds. The cardioid pattern reduces off-axis signal resulting in greater performance around stage monitors, loud instruments etc. 11 to 52 vdc phantom power is required. (phantom power needs to be used in order for this microphone to operate properly.)

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Shure PGA48-XLR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone

Shure PGA48-XLR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone

by Shure Incorporated
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Product Features

  • Updated industrial design with black metallic finish and grille featuring classic silver ball grille
  • Three available options: (1) with 15-foot XLR-XLR cable, (2) with 15-foot XLR-QTR cable, and (3) without cable
  • Zipper pouch included for additional protection during storage or transport
  • Legendary Shure quality design and construction for exceptional performance in rigorous environments
  • Stand adapter for mounting to a microphone stand

Zipper pouch included for additional protection during storage or transport Cardioid polar pattern picks up audio from the source while rejecting unwanted noise Updated industrial design with black metallic finish and grille featuring classic silver ball grille Legendary shure quality design and construction for exceptional performance in rigorous environments Stand adapter for mounting to a microphone stand On/off switch for discrete control of microphone operation Tailored microphone cartridge design specifically for clarity in the standard frequency range of speech Three available options: (1) with 15-foot xlr-xlr cable, (2) with 15-foot xlr-qtr cable, and (3) without cable

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Shure BETA 87A Supercardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

Shure BETA 87A Supercardioid Condenser Vocal Microphone

by Shure Incorporated
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Product Features

  • Electronic low-frequency roll off compensates for proximity effect
  • Built in pop filter reduces undesirable wind and breath sounds
  • Wide dynamic range (117 dB) and low distortion characteristics
  • Highly consistent super cardioid polar pattern provides superior gain before feedback
  • Smooth frequency response with gradual presence rise

Electronic low-frequency roll off compensates for proximity effect Built in pop filter reduces undesirable wind and breath sounds Smooth frequency response with gradual presence rise Wide dynamic range (117 db) and low distortion characteristics Highly consistent super cardioid polar pattern provides superior gain before feedback

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Neumann KMS 104 Handheld Vocal Condenser Microphone Nickel

Neumann KMS 104 Handheld Vocal Condenser Microphone Nickel

by Neumann
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Product Features

  • Consumer Alert: Most users do not need a license to operate this wireless microphone system. Nevertheless, operating this microphone system without a license is subject to certain restrictions: the system may not cause harmful interference; it must operate at a low power level (not in excess of 50 milliwatts); and it has no protection from interference received from any other device.
  • Purchasers should also be aware that the FCC is currently evaluating use of wireless microphone systems, and these rules are subject to change. For more information, call the FCC at 1-888- CALL-FCC (TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC) or visit the FCC's wireless microphone website at fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones.

Purchasers should also be aware that the fcc is currently evaluating use of wireless microphone systems, and these rules are subject to change. for more information, call the fcc at 1-888- call-fcc (tty: 1-888-tell-fcc) or visit the fcc's wireless microphone website at fcc.gov/cgb/wirelessmicrophones. Consumer alert: most users do not need a license to operate this wireless microphone system. nevertheless, operating this microphone system without a license is subject to certain restrictions: the system may not cause harmful interference; it must operate at a low power level (not in excess of 50 milliwatts); and it has no protection from interference received from any other device.

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