MICROPHONE SHOOTOUT

What is a microphone shootout?

The best way to compare mics is by hearing them! So I took my microphones to Razdabar Sound and Management and met up with Russell and Carl, my fellow engineers at the studio, to record male vocals under controlled conditions. Russell sang the first part of a country song into each mic.

 Polar Pattern = Cardioid
Pad = 0 dB
Low Cut = Off (Flat response)
Gain = 0dB (unity)

Same booth. No processing. No Edits. Just raw recordings of each microphone.
Listen below to hear the recordings from each mic!

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 Neumann TLM 103 (left) - Aston Spirit (right)

Neumann TLM 103 (left) - Aston Spirit (right)

 Mojave MA 201fet (left) - RODE NT1-A (right)

Mojave MA 201fet (left) - RODE NT1-A (right)

 AKG C 414 (left) - AT4040 (right)

AKG C 414 (left) - AT4040 (right)

 GAUGE ECM 47 (left) - GAUGE ECM 87 (right)

GAUGE ECM 47 (left) - GAUGE ECM 87 (right)

 CAD Equitek E100 (left) - Aston Spirit (right) [we re-recorded the Spirit shootout with the low cut on to hear the difference)

CAD Equitek E100 (left) - Aston Spirit (right) [we re-recorded the Spirit shootout with the low cut on to hear the difference)

 Shure SM57

Shure SM57

Prices

  • Neumann TLM 103 - $1100
  • Aston Spirit - $450
  • RODE NT1-A - $230
  • Audio Technica AT4040 - $300
  • GAUGE ECM 47 - $1000
  • GAUGE ECM 87 - $300
  • AKG C 414 B-ULS - $1100
  • CAD Equitek E100 - $500
  • Shure SM57 - $100
  • Mojave MA 201fet - $700

What are your thoughts?

Leave a comment and let us know what your favorite mic was and what mic you hated!

Click the link below to check out the official Vocal Mic Shootout from Sweetwater!
HEAR 50 VOCAL MICS SIDE BY SIDE