Hello cool peoples! I just bought the most cheap condenser mic for vocals yesterday along with audio interface. And within this post I want to share with you guys about how to choosing the good studio mic for recording vocal into computer.
When it comes to recording vocal on computer whether it for music, broadcasting or podcast. One thing that you should consider is what type of mic you should use. What kind of brand that have a good price for your budget, etc etc.
Because literally you can’t just use a “standard microphone” to record your vocal into any recording software in your computer, that usually people use it for talking or singing on “live performance”
Because it is not designed for that. And you will get a bunch of noise and very “unprofessional” result for sure. So! Condenser based microphone is the gear you need if you want to get the great result like a pro.
Condenser mic is designed to have very high sensitivity, low noise and wide dynamic range. It has cardioid pick up pattern built on it. So is perfect for ‘Home’ Studio recording, Podcast, Broadcast or any situation where clarity and accuracy needed.
And .. like I’ve mention before that I just bought a new cheap condenser mic and usb audio interface. The Microphone brand is called AT-100 by iSK.
I bought yesterday from local online store (Tokopedia.com) for IDR 749,000 or is about $51.3501 in USD. You can check it at Amazon.com or you can later check it through this direct link to the product at https://amzn.to/2KMYYmq (Free shipping)
I have not using it for recording yet! but, have test it out a bit and I am pretty satisfied I must say. With that budget and you can have a professional studio recording microphone to craft your stuff then what else can be better?
Okay! below is the screenshot when me unboxing iSK AT-100 Condenser Mic and my new Soundcard.
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The products packing that I receive yesterday comes with 1pc shock mount, 2,5 M C-1 Mic cable and Color retail box packing. Yep! finally I have a good mic 🙂
iSK AT-100 Condenser Mic Specification
Okay below is the specification of the iSK AT-100:
- Element: 18mm pure aluminium diaphragm capsule
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 20Hz-20KHz
- Sensitivity: -38db ±2db (0db=1V/Pa at 1KHz)
- Output Impedance: 200 Ω ±30% (at 1KHz)
- Load Impedance: >1000Ω
- Self Noise: 17db A
- SPL: 136db (at 1KHz < 1% T.H.D)
- S/N Ratio: 77db
- Housing: Die cast zinc
- Weight: about 300gram
- Dimension: 48mm (dia.)x165mm(L)
Overall it is a very good condenser microphone for studio or home recording that you can get with very affordable price. But you still can have great quality.
Conclusion & Disclosure
That is the most cheap but best microphone for recording vocal that I buy yesterday to start my home recording project. I hope this post will be useful for you who looking for cheap condenser mic but still afford to produce good quality audio.
BTW! If looking for the expensive microphone to buy for then there is a ton of brands and products that you can find out there. But here we are looking for the affordable ones, so you can calculate wisely for microphone cost for build a home studio recording, a podcast studio etc.
[Updated!] Below is the demo of iSK AT-100 condenser mic I’ve made by covering Nirvana’s song called “Polly” that I upload on Soundcloud. It’s spontaneous vocal take without Pop Filter. Guitar and bass played by me. Please check it out 🙂
Actually I also have test it on my Hackintosh computer to talk with Siri which is installed macOS High Sierra on it while the input gain is set in 50% and the distance between me and the mic is about 40 cm and it works just great!
And yeah you also will need a Usb Audio Interface to record vocal on your computer who have XLR port. You can read post about Best Cheap USB Audio Interface For Home Recording Here!
You will also need a Compact mic stand that you can buy on Amazon just for $12, here is the link to the product that I recommended https://amzn.to/2P0jnI1 and ya! also don’t forget to bought a Pop Filter.
Just want you to know guys! that if you purchase the product that I recommended from Amazon, I will get a commission. If you do that, it means that you are supporting us to keep provide a good content for this blog. And yeah, thanks for your support 🙂
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Until the next post about “DIY Home recording stuff” Peace out! and stay true 🙂