Certain studio mics in the music industry just work extremely well with rap vocals. These high-quality mics include condenser and dynamic microphones. Condenser microphones are best used to capture vocals and high frequencies, which really works well for rappers who put a lot of energy and personality into their delivery. Dynamic microphones give rappers a more excellent range of frequency responses producing an exceptionally rich reproduction of speech and music.
You can often get microphones that rival what the celebrities are using under $1000 if you're a rapper with a lot of experience and a large budget. In addition to picking a great mic, you will also want to make sure your room is acoustically treated and soundproofed in order to get the best quality recordings possible. Many professional mics will not mix well with an untreated room and have you feeling like you were cheated with a subpar microphone because of the noise it can pick up. For more details on how to soundproof your room, check out these vocal booths.
Neumann is one of the most-loved studio recording mic brands and they just so happen to have a really good-sounding condenser mic available for under $1000. If you want to have the brand that all your favorite celebrity rappers use, here's a great place to start. It's a tiny little mic compared to most, but don't let the size fool you! It packs a powerful punch.
The Shure SM7B is a dynamic microphone with a rich tone that would fit great with rappers who have a lot of energy and volume in their flow. It requires an interface but does not need phantom power and will simply ignore the setting if you have it on. This mic works best with a powerful amp, especially if you're singing or rapping at lower volumes most of the time.
Here's a mic that will give you an incredibly professional sound that will rival studios owned by major record labels. The crispy, clean and unforgiving sound quality of this condenser mic must be used in a treated room or you're doing it all wrong. It's a bit over $1000, but it must be included in this list for the professionals who want greatness.
If you're looking for a good sound and you're a beginner or you don't have a huge budget, there are several affordable options that you can use at your current stage in your rap career. Many condenser mics are under $100 bucks and some of them can be hooked up to your computer via USB for a very easy setup that is perfect for beginners just getting started and in their practice stage.
The Audio Technica 2020 is the best mic you could ever wish for at an affordable price. Right under $100, this is a great mic for beginners and pro rappers alike. The AT2020 is a condenser mic that will require an audio interface and phantom power.
This is a good starter mic for beginner rappers who are in the practice stages. It has a really easy setup with a USB cord that can go straight into your PC or Mac. It's preferred for rappers, singers, and game streamers who regularly publish content to sites like Youtube and Soundcloud.
The Blue Yeti is a favorite among affordable mics for rappers, singers, podcasters, and streamers. Like the FIFINE Studio mic, the Blue Yeti is very easy to set up with the USB feature. This mic works well for beginners that don't have a treated room.
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