Best home studio mics of 2019

Best home studio mics of 2019

Jan 12, 2019 Microphones by John S

If you want to become a singer, to create a podcast or to sign up as you stream online then you definitely need a good recording setup. In  order to get the highest possible fidelity in sound reproduction, you may need a great condenser microphone. So, I have decided to compile a list with some of the best condenser microphones that you can buy in 2019. These mics are recommended by most reviewers, and they are characterized by increased sensitivity and beautiful audio quality. Also, these condenser mics offer a complete audio spectrum, attributes that guarantee the reproduction of sounds and voice as natural and clear as possible . Thus, the listeners will perceive each note as clear as possible.

The best mics of 2019

Neumann U87ai

Neumann U87ai

The Neumann U87ai is definitely one of my favorite microphone that you can buy in, 2019. This low self-noise microphone comes from a line of iconic studio microphones that debuted back in 1967. It was an one-of-a-kind mic coming on the heels of a u67 and u47. It had a few incarnations, but it was really known to be an astonishing vocal mic with a nice small bump at around 10k. The vocalists responded well to Neumann’s product, so it took off from there.

As you can imagine, this multi-pattern microphone is not just for vocals. It produces beautiful recordings on various instruments, orchestras, it’s a tremendous room microphone that captures pianos perfectly. The stereo pair is a nice addition to it. This recording microphone also features a 10Db pad and a rolloff to get rid of some low end. There are three different polar patterns that you can select: omni, cardioid, figure-8. Of course, we recommend using the cardioid pattern when you record vocals, mainly because it allows the mic to capture only sounds that are coming from the front of the capsule. It comes in two colors: nickel and black.

Rode NTK

The Rode NTK studio microphone is a multi award winning class A recording device that is praised by many recording professionals around the world. It is a cardioid pattern mic with a frequency range from 20 Hz to 20 Khz and it can handle up to 158 DB of sound pressure levels. The heart of Rode NTK is the Australian designed and manufactured Large 1” capsule with gold plated diaphragm. The electronic that is packed in this microphone includes this very sensitive twin-triode 6922 valve that is hand selected. As a result, you will get an ultra wide dynamic range, very low noise and unparalleled  tube warmth. 

Unfortunately, this condenser studio mic features only one polar pattern: cardioid. Even so, this microphone is definitely a perfect choice if you plan to record vocals. One of the musicians that has been using it for a long time stated in a review that “The NTK will put you on equal footing, or better, with many new and vintage microphones that cost several times as much.”

Audio-Technica 4060

If you are looking for a cardioid condenser tube microphone that provides a great sound and offers a versatile performance, you should definitely check AT 4060. With its wide dynamic range and low self-noise, this pure condenser tube microphone with cardioid polar pattern offers high max SPL capability. Under the hood we find a gold diaphragms that undergo a 5-step aging process. So, the characteristics of this mic will remain constant in time.

If you do decide to buy this exquisite Audio Technica, you will get the classic sound of valve design without cutting any corners.In the package you will find AT8447 shock mount, AT8560 power supply, rack-mount adapters for power supply, 32.8′ cable with 6-pin XLR-type connectors that you can use between microphone and power supply. One last thing, you do not need any type of Phantom Power in order to use AT4060. It operates in conjunction with the power supply that can be found in the box.


Buying a new home recording condenser microphone is not easy, and you will definitely lose your way through the crowd. Make sure to check my other recommendations on microphones in order to learn about other condenser mics. Just remember that most of these mics require a phantom power and an additional audio interface in order to get the best results.

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