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 #150392  by Searing75
 Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:16 am
I use the shure beta 58 and the 87. Both are great. The 87 is the best overall, but in a live setting, with a loud electric band, the 58 cuts through more. It has more balls is the best way to describe it. The Mids are exencuated. It's also cheaper than the 87.

As for a pre amp, I use those ART TPS tube pre Amps. I have had it for ten years or so, and I love it. I also use a DBX compressor, and a BBE sonic maximizer on my vocals. Finally, I run it through an Alesis midi verb 4 for some great plate reverb that I programmed off of a guide some engineer put online to get the best sound from these puppies. People that hear, and sing through my set up love it!
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 #150427  by waldo041
 Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:22 pm
Recycledsole wrote:Thanks I will check it out. Right now I'm looking for something inexpensive
I am sure you have heard the saying, "you get what you pay for". With microphones there is not a more true statement. A "Good" microphone cost a few bucks. If your willing to take some advice, save your pennies and buy a good one. If you just want something to be heard, Radio Shack sells microphones.

~waldo
 #150434  by gr8fullfred
 Wed Jan 06, 2016 2:16 pm
The Shure SM 58 has been the vocal standard mike for decades. Obviously not the best out there, but works great and is affordable, you can find them used pretty easy. I picked up a Peavy KB300 keyboard amp, which has a mike input as well as instrument inputs and is a pretty good low cost solution. The KB 300 cost $100 on CL and is a pretty good unit to have around. Works for Bass and Keyboards also. For $150 you have a decent practice setup. Obviously, you will not be filling up a big venue with this setup.
 #150446  by hippieguy1954
 Thu Jan 07, 2016 2:43 am
strumminsix wrote:Sennheiser E835 works really well for many vocalists.
+1 The E935 is excellent as well. That is what I use.

A very good less expensive mic is the AKG D5. Better than the Shures. Same price.
 #150448  by Searing75
 Thu Jan 07, 2016 4:21 am
hippieguy1954 wrote:
strumminsix wrote:Sennheiser E835 works really well for many vocalists.
+1 The E935 is excellent as well. That is what I use.

A very good less expensive mic is the AKG D5. Better than the Shures. Same price.
The AKG "may" top the Shure sm58, but it does not sound, or work as well on a loud stage as the Beta 58. The D5 can be troublesome as far as gain needed before feedback when battling a band. Also, the lows and highs are nice, but the Shure powers through in the mids. This also attributes to its ability to sound out front of a band.
 #150546  by strumminsix
 Tue Jan 12, 2016 2:04 pm
hippieguy1954 wrote:
strumminsix wrote:Sennheiser E835 works really well for many vocalists.
+1 The E935 is excellent as well. That is what I use.

A very good less expensive mic is the AKG D5. Better than the Shures. Same price.
I run the 935 & 945 depending on monitor positioning. Been loving them for years.
 #150549  by myoung6923
 Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:04 pm
strumminsix wrote:
hippieguy1954 wrote:
strumminsix wrote:Sennheiser E835 works really well for many vocalists.
+1 The E935 is excellent as well. That is what I use.

A very good less expensive mic is the AKG D5. Better than the Shures. Same price.
I run the 935 & 945 depending on monitor positioning. Been loving them for years.
945
 #150556  by strumminsix
 Wed Jan 13, 2016 2:45 pm
I've said this before, I'll say again: every vocalist should carry 2 mics: cardioid and supercardioid and chose based on relation to the mic and monitor placement.

This pics nails it. Everything in the circle is picked up by the mic. Yes, a supercardioid picks up directly behind it. That equals feedback.

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 #153937  by jkstraw
 Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:55 pm
Recycledsole wrote:Hey guy I want to get a microphone. Is there anything decent that is cheap? What about a good amplifier to put it through? Thanks for any help.
I will add another positive review of the e945 (can be had for less than $200) - generally your mic signal is going to be going through a PA, but if you are looking for some cheaper tone shaping and effects, I use an older TC Helicon Voice Create-XT. I only use it for the reverb (which just seems to work well for me) - since it is older you should be looking at 100-150 and it can do a lot more than just reverb. Otherwise - when I think of cheap vocal amps I tend to think of busker type options like the Roland line of cubes, etc.

Good luck!