Technically, you could use any microphone to amplify or record vocals, but there are some that reproduce the sound of your voice much better than others. Here I’ll take a quick look at three of the most popular vocal mics (at Amazon and elsewhere).
If you just want to check the pricing and availability of these vocal microphones at Amazon, you can click (tap) the links in the list just below. Otherwise, scroll down for a few more details about them.
Shure SM58 – Best of the Most Popular
I could get all techie here about the Shure SM58, but here’s the bottom line (from Shure).
“If you’ve ever heard someone sing or speak into a live microphone, there’s an excellent chance it was an SM58. Rock stars. Pop idols. Comedians. Presidents. Popes. Immortal words have passed through its iconic grille for generations.”
This mic is so popular that it’s almost ubiquitous. In fact, if you’ve ever spoken or sung into a decent-looking mic and didn’t know what brand or model it was, chances are pretty good that it was a Shure SM58, if the people you were working with knew anything at all about what they were doing. It really is just that good.
Shure SM7B – SM58’s Kissin’ Cousin
The Shure SM7B looks quite different from the SM58, but looks can be deceiving. The innards are designed such that it works much like its cousin, but this mic is intended more for studio work (podcasts, etc.) and needs a good preamp to function at its best.
As one reviewer put it, “…a more detailed analysis reveals more characteristics and with better understanding you can put aside the hype and probably appreciate the SM7B for what it truly is: a fantastic Dynamic microphone with a SM58-like character that works for robust studio-recordings IF you have a high-quality high-gain preamp to use with it.”
If that description sounds like something you’ve been looking for, then you can stop looking because the Shure SM7B is the solution to your quest.
Pyle-Pro PDMIC59 – A Shure SM58 Wannabe
The Pyle-Pro PDMIC59 looks much like a Shure SM58 clone but only costs 1/10 as much. Since that’s the case, you can be fairly certain that the quality of the Pyle-Pro is likely to be significantly lower than the Shure. Still, it does a decent job at transmitting your voice, so if you’re not too picky or this is all you can afford, it’s worth a second look.
When shoppers ask questions about this mic, most of the time they want to know one of three things.
- Is it wireless? No.
- Can you attach it to a computer? Yes, with an adapter.
- Can you use it for karaoke? Yes, you can use almost any mic for karaoke.
So it would seem that the clientele for this model are not looking for a high quality mic. And, as I’ve said, you aren’t getting one at this price.
It’s worth noting that this mic comes with a 15-foot XLR to 1/4 inch cable and has an on/off switch.