Following one of the most popular articles on the great microphones for building a home studio, I have decided to compile a whole new list with some of the best mics that you can get for your home studio project right now. These microphones are all new, they were picked considering their prices and I have never presented them before on CoreMic.

The best microphones for recording vocals

Let’s begin the list with…

Best microphones on the market - Rode M3 condenser microphone

Rode M3 Instrument Condenser Microphone

Although this microphone was marketed as an instrument mic, there is no limit to what it can do. In other words, you can use it to record guitars, trumpets, drums, percussion and most importantly, vocals. As you may know, I love Rode mics due to their high quality and exquisite performances and the M3 makes no exception. It has just enough features to make you consider it as your first choice: high level of RF rejection, high pass filter, low handling noise.  Once you unscrew the bottom you will find another switch which has a 0 decibel,  -10 decibel and -20 decibel pad. Another cool feature of this mic is that you can add a 9V battery inside which will remove the need for 48V Phantom Power. In terms of frequency response, it has a response between 40Hz and 20 KHz, a cardioid polar pattern, a -40 dB sensitivity and 142dB SPL. The output impedance has 200Ω.

The audio quality of this condenser mic is absolutely amazing, its all metal construction has a nice feeling and once you’ll get to hold it in your hand you will definitely notice its decent weight.

The box contains the microphone, microphone pouch, mic mount, mic stand adapter, windscreen, the manual and a sticker.

Remember that it requires Phantom Power, either from the battery either from an external source! Oh, did I mentioned the price? Rode M3 costs just only $149.

SE Electronics – X1 Series Condenser Microphone and Clip

Since its groundbreaking debut in 2011, the original X1 microphone has been a game-changer for entry-level microphones, effortlessly rivaling its higher-priced counterparts. However, sE Electronics never rests on its laurels. In their quest for constant innovation, they have outdone themselves yet again with the X1 A. This remarkable microphone combines a cutting-edge condenser capsule and a robust metal chassis inspired by the latest X1 S model, offering unrivaled audio performance and specifications at an astonishingly affordable price, making it the ideal choice for the best home studio mics.

The X1 A is equipped with an ingenious -20 dB pad switch on the left side, enabling an extended dynamic range that accommodates a vast array of recording scenarios. From capturing thunderous electric guitars to fortissimo brass instruments and heavy-hitting kick drums, this microphone ensures pristine audio reproduction even in high-volume situations. On the right side, the 100 Hz low-cut switch eliminates low-frequency rumble and footfall noise, compensating for excessive bass when employing close-mic techniques, effectively mitigating proximity effect.

Unlike inferior “entry-level” microphones, the X1 A boasts an all-metal chassis that effectively rejects electrical interference and noise, ensuring uncompromised audio quality. Its high-quality finish guarantees an elegant aesthetic that will endure for years to come. Additionally, the integrated windscreen eliminates the need for an external pop filter, providing an added layer of protection for the delicate capsule, allowing you to focus on your craft with peace of mind.

Avantone Pro CK-6 Classic Large Capsule Cardioid FET Condenser Microphone

The CK-6 Classic microphone, in its standard configuration, incorporates top-tier Polystyrene and Metalized Polypropylene capacitors in the audio pathway. This demonstrates the manufacturer’s unwavering dedication to excellence, as these are the same caliber of components that discerning microphone modders and hot-rodders typically employ as “upgrades.” Any professional studio can confidently embrace the CK-6 for capturing both instrumental and vocal performances, as it exudes elegance in both appearance and sonic reproduction. Meticulously crafted with the finest materials, it imparts a reassuring solidity, impeccable structural integrity, and dependable reliability.

The versatile CK-6 microphone is capable of delivering exceptional professional-grade results, characterized by a pristine sonic signature. To further enhance its performance, the manufacturer has included a meticulously designed Custom Retro Shockmount. This exceptional shockmount enables precise positioning of the microphone while effectively isolating it from unwanted vibrations. This level of isolation ensures the attainment of superior professional results. Moreover, the CK-6 boasts separate -10 dB pad and 80 Hz LF roll-off switches.

The -10dB attenuation switch proves invaluable when capturing sources with exceptionally high sound pressure levels, effectively preventing overload of the microphone’s internal electronics. On the other hand, engaging the 80Hz high-pass filter switch helps to reduce unwanted rumble and prevents low frequencies from compromising the clarity and definition of your recordings.

Sontronics STC-2X condenser microphone 2018

Sontronics STC-2X

Introducing the Sontronics STC-2X Omni/Cardioid Condenser Microphone in captivating black. With its outstanding features and exceptional performance, the STC-2X has become one of Sontronics’ most sought-after microphones since its successful debut five years ago. To commemorate this remarkable milestone, Sontronics has taken microphone engineering to the next level, unveiling the STC-2X, a groundbreaking microphone that expands the boundaries of functionality and audio excellence originally set by the STC-2.

The STC-2X boasts an impressive large-diaphragm condenser design, meticulously engineered to deliver unparalleled sound reproduction. With its dual polar patterns – cardioid and omnidirectional – this microphone provides unprecedented versatility for capturing pristine audio in any recording environment. Whether you’re recording captivating vocals, captivating speeches, intricate acoustic guitar melodies, or a wide range of acoustic instruments, the STC-2X delivers stunning sound quality across the entire frequency spectrum.

For added convenience and precision, the STC-2X is accompanied by a spider-style shockmount, ensuring optimal stability and isolation from unwanted vibrations. Its sleek and sturdy aluminium flightcase provides secure storage and easy transport, safeguarding the microphone’s exquisite craftsmanship.

Experience the sonic mastery of the STC-2X, where every nuance is faithfully captured with remarkable clarity and depth. From the velvety richness of male and female vocals to the nuanced intricacies of acoustic instruments, this microphone brings out the true essence of your recordings, elevating them to a professional standard.

Unlock your creative potential with the Sontronics STC-2X Omni/Cardioid Condenser Microphone, and let your sound shine with unparalleled brilliance. Embrace the superior craftsmanship, versatility, and sonic excellence of the STC-2X – the ultimate choice for discerning audio professionals and enthusiasts alike.
Unlock your creative potential with the Sontronics STC-2X Omni/Cardioid Condenser Microphone, and let your sound shine with unparalleled brilliance. Embrace the superior craftsmanship, versatility, and sonic excellence of the STC-2X – the ultimate choice for discerning audio professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Lewitt Authentica LCT 240 PRO

Lewitt Authentica LCT 240 PRO

Unleash your true potential with the LEWITT LCT 240 PRO Condenser Microphone, the ultimate tool for achieving professional-grade audio recordings. Designed to cater to a multitude of applications, including vocals, instruments, podcasts, and more, this versatile microphone is guaranteed to deliver stellar results in every recording session. The LCT 240 PRO harnesses the power of its advanced condenser capsule to capture vocals with exceptional precision and detail. Immerse yourself in a world of crystal-clear sound reproduction as this microphone brings out the full range and nuances of your voice, ensuring a captivating and engaging performance.

With its expertly engineered cardioid polar pattern, the LCT 240 PRO excels at suppressing off-axis sound, effectively minimizing unwanted background noise and ensuring that your recordings remain focused and pristine. Say goodbye to distractions and enjoy the pure essence of your audio.

Unleash the Full Potential of Your Acoustic Guitar: The LCT 240 PRO truly shines when capturing the rich tones and intricate nuances of acoustic guitars. Experience a full-bodied sound that boasts a delightful high-end sparkle, bringing your performances to life and captivating your listeners with every strum.

Crafted with Excellence: Designed and meticulously crafted in Austria, the LEWITT LCT 240 PRO comes complete with essential accessories to enhance your recording experience. The package includes a windshield for optimal sound capture, a reliable mic mount for easy positioning, and a protective bag for safe storage and transportation.

Unlock the Best Recording Results: Choose the LEWITT LCT 240 PRO Condenser Microphone and embark on a journey towards professional-level audio production. Please note that while a regular mic clamp is included, the shock mount is sold separately.

Elevate your recordings with the unparalleled capabilities of the LEWITT LCT 240 PRO, and let your talent shine through every note and word. Experience the pinnacle of audio excellence with this remarkable condenser microphone.

Maroon MT100 condenser microphone 2018

Maroon Audio MT100

MT100 is the last microphone from the list and it might seem like the least probable to be picked, right? Well, you should know that MT100 is a valve (tube) condenser with a very warm-sounding character. Despite the looks, most users noticed how smooth are the vocals captured by this microphone. At this price ($430), you can’t get a better mic that will bring that classic feel to your tracks. Oh, I hope you’ve noticed the unique design, right?

One last word…
I hope that you’ve enjoyed this list with some of the best microphones that you can find right now on the market. Bare in mind that any condenser microphone requires a phantom power source and if you are on the topic you should also get a mic stand and a pop filter. If you do decide to buy any of these mics, let me hear a sample of what you will record with it. Enjoy!

By John S

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