Best dynamic microphones for professional-grade vocals

By Prabhat Bhor | Published on 30 Sep 2020
Best dynamic microphones for professional-grade vocals

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If you are a professional voice over artist, musician, Youtuber or a podcaster, you know how important the audio quality is when it comes to leaving an impression. So, instead of relying on basic microphones, you should get a dynamic microphone that’s meant to enhance the audio quality and offer professional-grade vocals. Here is a list of four such products. Note that these have been curated based on their availability on Amazon, as well as their listed features.

Blue Microphone enCORE 100 Studio-Grade Dynamic Performance Microphone

The Blue Microphone enCORE 100 Studio-Grade Dynamic Performance Microphone delivers natural vocals, balanced highs, and all the detail and clarity that one needs to make the content shine, according to the brand. It also handles studio and broadcasting applications with ease, due to the versatility of its specially tuned Aria dynamic capsule. Its heavy-gauge, stage-ready construction and sleek, stylish finish mean users don't have to sacrifice good looks for great sound. The brand also claims that the proprietary hand-tuned dynamic capsule lends a studio-quality sound to guitar cabs, drums, and acoustic instruments, as well. The off-axis rejection on this microphone should ensure low background noise, while the high SPL handling should effortlessly tackle loud sources. The enCORE series brings a legacy of industry-leading innovation and unmatched quality to the live arena. The heavy-duty metal-plated finish of this microphone should withstand the rigours of stage use. The complete package includes a microphone clip, additional mic grille, and storage pouch.

Sennheiser MD42 

The Sennheiser MD42 should ensure good speech intelligibility without having to point the microphone directly at your mouth. The microphone has a protective sound-inlet basket that lines the metal capsule and protects against wind noise. It also features a shock-mounted capsule and metal housing that should virtually eliminate handling noise. The microphone has a rugged metal housing that provides durability. The mic has an omnidirectional pick-up pattern to ensure that even when you’re rocking out, the mic can pick up your vocals. This is why it is the right choice for interviews, live broadcasts and more. It has been specially optimised for rough use in live reporting and broadcasting environments.

Shure SM58S Vocal Microphone

The Shure SM58S Vocal Microphone is designed for professional vocal use during a live performance, and can also help with sound reinforcement, and studio recording. It also has a highly effective, built-in spherical filter that should minimise wind and breathing noises. It also has a unidirectional pickup pattern that should isolate the primary sound source while minimising unwanted background noise, according to the brand. The rugged construction, good shock-mount system, and steel mesh grille should ensure that even with rough handling, the device will perform consistently, outdoors or indoors. The frequency response in this is tailored for vocals, with a brightened midrange and bass roll-off, according to the brand. The pneumatic shock-mount system cuts down handling noises for better audio quality. It comes with a break-resistant stand adapter that rotates 180-degree. The low-frequency roll-off on the device provides greater control, allowing the user to take full advantage of the proximity effect. The microphone offers a carefully tailored frequency rise of about 4,000Hz for smooth vocals that stand out. The microphone also features an on/off switch for better on-stage control.

AKG D5 Professional Dynamic Stage Vocal Microphone

The AKG D5 Professional Dynamic Stage Vocal Microphone is an extremely rugged vocal or speech microphone. The microphone has a frequency-independent supercardioid polar pattern that should ensure maximum gain before feedback. It also provides high feedback suppression with on-stage monitoring. The dual shock mount should eliminate any mechanical noise during live use. The microphone also features a Laminate Varimotion diaphragm for a crisp sound that should cut through every mix, which makes it handy to use while recording. It has an integrated pop filter to eliminate pops and wind noise, a spring-steel wire-mesh grille and rugged die-cast housing that makes it ideal for a live performance.

Prabhat Bhor


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