Best wireless microphones that you can buy right now

You may have been led to believe that building a home studio, becoming a famous musician on Youtube marks the end of the journey and you can gladly rest happy with the Youtube monetization from your songs. In real life, becoming famous is just your first step. Then, you need to really introduce yourself to the audience through live performances. And here comes the tricky part. No matter the music genre, no matter the style or the quality of your voice, you will have to buy a great set of wireless microphones. They will capture the acoustic signal of your voice and it will transmit it to the sound system without the need for cables. Although many artists love wired mics, they still need to have a set of wireless microphones in your gear box.

The most important thing about them is that they allow the singer to move freely on stage, to better interact with the audience. Coremic recommends this solution for all situations where cables could hamper the smooth running of the live show. These types of mics are especially recommended for dynamic singers that are all about dancing and moving around.

In order for you to identify the right wireless microphone model that’s suited for your live show, you need to understand few things about these mics. It’s not all about the budget, sometimes there are few characteristics that need to be taken into consideration.

How to choose the best wireless microphone

Handheld vs lavalier
When it comes to wireless mics, you will find both handheld devices and lavalier microphones on the market. The second category encompasses several alternatives: conventional mics, headphones and instrument mounts. Also, there are “variations” of these mics when we are talking about a wireless microphone for a video camera or a spy. But we do not recommend a lavalier mic for live vocal performance.

The handheld microphone is ideal for musical performances and parties. It is used very often at weddings and it should be part of the equipment kit for any place where concerts or events are organized. A conventional wireless set consists of the microphone and a wireless receiver that connects to the sound system.

A lavalier wireless microphone is usually preferred for talk shows, stage theater, presentations, and public discourse. The kit consists of a microphone and a transmitter, linked together by wire. The transmitter is as small as possible and it will be secured in a pocket or belt.

The headset microphone is derived from the lavalier and it is the perfect solution for artists who sing and dance at the same time on the stage, allowing them unlimited movements and hands free. This particular setup features a transmitter that attaches to the body, which will send the signal to a specific receiver that is connected to the main audio system.

For musical instruments (for example, a wireless microphone for saxophone or accordion), a kit similar to the lavalier is used. In this case, the transmitter is worn by the instructor, and the sound receiver is attached to the musical instrument. The transmitter unit will take the signal from the microphone and send it wirelessly to the sound amplifier.

If we talk about a wireless spy microphone, we are talking about localized interception models that are placed in the place where the sound is picked up and can be accessed via the SIM, based on a simple phone call. The lavalier parts with a wireless receiver compatible with the camcorder interface can easily transmit the acoustic signal.

Transmission direction
You can choose between unidirectional and omni-directional wireless devices. What is the difference? The first one picks up the sound from one direction, and the second one can receive it from any direction. Each type will have its advantages and disadvantages. For example, in a conference room or an amphitheater, a one-way microphone will be the perfect solution.

The most important disadvantage of the unidirectional mics is the fact that they can interfere with other microphones, with other electronic devices. There is also the “proximity”, which means that the sensitivity of the device is significantly increased if it is too close to the sound source (the mouth). Omnidirectional mics are usually recommended for concerts that have great sound systems, where they can pick up signals from instrument clusters or vocal choirs. You should know that unwanted sounds can infiltrate here, with sound channels interfering.

Type
There are two modes of operation and transmission: analog (VHF or UHF) and wireless digital.

The analog transmission can be on high frequency (VHF – ranging from 174 to 216MHz) or ultra-high frequency (UHF from 470 to 805MHz). The latter is suitable for high end purposes. This is due to the fact that the signal radius is more extensive in the UHF, and the number of frequencies available will be much higher. The problem with the analog signal is always the risk of interference. With this particular problem in mind, many musicians are looking for opinions and alternatives.

When it comes to digital wireless microphones, the analog signal is converted to digital and it uses a transmitter to send the signal and a receiver to receive and decoded the signal. The risk of radio interference with these types of microphones is zero. However, it can be argued that a high performance analog UHF device will be as good or even better than a digital wireless mic.

Operating parameters
It is time to mention the transmission distance, the frequency response, signal / noise ratio and power supply mode. For medium-sized rooms, the transmission must be effective up to about 30 meters. For smaller rooms you can choose mics with 10 meter transmission distance.

As with any device that works with an acoustic signal, the frequency response for microphones must be adequate, with values of about 100Hz – 10000Hz. As a signal-to-noise ratio, the value is expressed in decibels and it should be as high as possible, thus indicating that the sound is clearly perceived by the microphone.

Conventional wireless mics feature values below 30dB, while the semi-professional equipment offers values around 60dB. It goes without saying that, for a professional wireless microphone, these values will easily exceed 60dB. Most products require batteries to function properly and it would be helpful to check battery compatibility before buying.

Best wireless microphones in 2018: our top picks

Getting the best wireless mic for your gig is not an easy job, and it depends on many factors. Even so, we have decided to provide a list with the best wireless microphones that we like. While compiling this list, we have taken into consideration the quality of the device, its reviews, its price and its overall performance. If you are looking for wireless mics, we strongly recommend for you to start your search on major online stores. This way, you will get a chance to learn about all the features and prices for each mic, you can see the user feedback and you can get great discounts (if you are lucky). In terms of brands, we recommend Sennheiser, Behringer, Shure or Sony wireless microphone. If you are on a tight budget, you will be able to find lower prices from less well-known brands.

Shure SLX2 SM58 wireless microphone
Shure SLX2/SM58

This microphone is probably the Godfather of live mics that proved itself to be the inspired choice for many artists. Shure has been building great dynamic mics for a while now, and their SLX2/SM58 is definitely one of their accomplishments. The SLX wireless mic allows automatic synchronization thanks to the incorporated ‘Audio Reference compounding technology’. This mic was specifically tailored for vocals, with a brightened midrange and bass rolloff. Also, there is the pneumatic shock-mount and pop filter that cuts down the handling noise. The frequency response is between 50 and 15,000 Hz and -54.5 dBV/Pa.

Pros:
This microphone is really durable, so you don’t have to worry about dropping it
It sounds really nice, especially if you capture vocals
It has great noise rejection, it performs great on a noisy environment

Cons:
Low sensitivity, it needs a bit of preamp boosting

Sennheiser EW 135 wireless microphone
Sennheiser EW 135
If you decide to buy this UHF microphone, you will learn that the box contains the rack mount receiver, the hand-held transmitter, the power adapter and antennas. The mic offers automatic frequency scan (42 MHz — 1680 MHz tunable UHF frequencies), a sturdy metal housing and high quality reception. It features the HDX compander that offers crystal-clear sound voice capture and it is equipped with the famous e835 cardioid dynamic capsule. The receiver offers an equalizer that might come in handy for some of you.

Pros:
HDX compander
Great audio quality
Long range distance
Vocals are captured clean, with great body

Cons:
The power button is a bit small

Pyle PDWM2100
Pyle PDWM2100 Dual Wireless Microphone
Let me start by saying that this is the best wireless microphone that you can buy on a low budget (under $40). The box contains two wireless mics and a receiver. Each mic is color coded (green and orange). Reading through the specs, you will learn that it has a frequency response of 60Hz~12KHz and operation range between 50 and 150 meters. The signal to noise ratio is 80dB.

Pros:
Really cheap
Independent volume for each microphone
Mixed 1/4 inch output
Great signal to noise ratio

Cons:
They have a plastic build quality but considering the price…
The pop filter is not that good


GTD Audio G-380H
This setup is recommended for bands with multiple singers. It contains a r channel receiver with 4 microphones. You will be able to use this one at 230 feet distance, which is more than enough. GTD Audio G-380H is a semi-professional model whose technical characteristics demonstrate that it delivers sound to the highest standards.

It uses the VHF frequency for sound transmission at a fixed frequency. It has a signal-to-noise ratio of more than 90dB, which means clear acoustic fidelity. It can be used with a 12V power source, but it also works with an AC adapter. It can also be used as a wired microphone. The model is dynamic, meaning that it can capture sound from powerful sources and will not make any noise when it’s handled (useful for vocalists).

Pros:
Carrier Frequency VHF 210~2700 MHz
Sensitivity -107dbm
Signal to noise ratio >105dB ( 1khz-A )
Frequency Response 45Hz~18KHz
It can be mounted on a rack

Cons:
It’s not the cheapest from our list

Final Conclusion

The market is packed with all kind of offers and prices. These are just few of the mics that we love, and we invite you to scout all the prices, read all the reviews and choose a wireless microphone (or a set of wireless microphones) that fits your needs and your budget.

Which is your favorite wireless microphone?

Best condenser microphones for a home recording studio in 2016

As I said before, building a home recording studio is not an easy job. The brand of the product you choose is really important, especially if you plan to get one of the best condenser microphones of 2016 in order to ensure the quality of your recordings. Let’s not forget that the ultimate goal is for listeners to hear all the frequencies of the artist’s voice, at the highest quality possible.

If we are talking about live shows, the best microphones are the dynamic ones, but when it comes to building a home recording studio, the condenser microphone is definitely the optimal solution. In most cases, connecting the microphone with the rest of the equipment can be done through a classic XLR connector. The following list contains some of the best condenser microphones that you can buy in order to build a great home recording studio. Here are my top pics for 2016!

Sanken CU-44X MkII vocal condenser microphone for home studios

Sanken CU-44X MkII Condenser Studio Vocal Microphone

Sanken CU-44X MkII is a microphone having a specially designed capsule that has two channels: one for bass and one for high frequencies. This unique design features two titanium diaphragms, making this a condenser mic that captures sound in high quality. The titanium membranes are immune to the effects of moisture and various temperature changes, resulting in a constant response, regardless of external conditions.

Sanken-CU-55-vocal-studio-recording-microphone

SANKEN CU-55 Condenser Studio Vocal Microphone

SANKEN CU-55 incorporates the latest technology in a small design that’s easy to install and use. Dedicated to recording studios, this microphone features a cardioid pattern and it was designed to capture wide frequency ranges, thus providing a natural and transparent sound. It is ideal for a wide range of recording applications, from vocals to acoustic instruments or orchestra solos. CU-55 has a frequency response between 40Hz and 20kHz for a maximum SPL of 137dB, with a very wide dynamic range. Like all SANKEN microphones, CU-55 condenser microphone is recognized not only for its performance but also for flexibility and reliability.

As we are talking about the best recording microphones for a home recording studio, we could not miss SANKEN CO-100K, the world’s first microphone with a frequency response between 20Hz and 100kHz. SANKEN has created this device in collaboration with NHK Science and Technical Research Laboratories.

Neumann U87 - Best Condenser Studio Microphones

Neumann U87 Condenser Studio Vocal Microphone

Neumann U87 is undoubtedly the most famous microphone in music history. Over the years, an impressive number of famous singers recorded their albums using this microphone. U87 appeared in the late 60s and soon became the company’s top of the range. It features two diaphragms and three polar patterns.

This mic includes a -10dB pad switched in that can be turned on and off according to your needs. It enables the microphone to handle sound pressure levels of up to 127dB without distortion. The low frequency response can be reduced to compensate for proximity effect.

Neumann U87 is definitely a microphone that’s ideal for recording vocals for all musical genres, but it can also be used as a main microphone for orchestra recordings (if you’re into this). This mic has proved itself over the years and I am sure that it’s still one of the best condenser microphones of 2016.

Neumann U47 Condenser Studio Vocal Microphone

Neumann U47 Condenser Studio Vocal Microphone

Neumann U47 condenser microphones are more than classic or vintage, they are a work of art. This particular model has two versions: one with a tube and one with the FET design, adding a modern touch to it. Although comparisons can be made, both versions offer high quality sound. U47 FET includes the K47 capsule and a high SPL, allowing it to capture crystal clear sounds even if you are recording noisy guitars or drums. The vocals recorded with this microphone are described as full, warm and round.

AKG C214 - best condenser microphone for home recording studio

AKG C214 Condenser Studio Vocal Microphone

AKG C214 is one of the most affordable microphones in this list. With a sound pressure level that’s particularly high (156dB), C214 manages to cope even with the noisiest vocalists that you can think of. In addition, this great condenser microphone comes with a 20dB attenuator that is replaceable, as well as a bass filter.

C214 has a wide range of frequencies for accurate voice playback, and it comes with a protective cover, wind protection and shock protection.
Audio-Technica AT5040 Cardioid - Best Condenser Microphones

Audio-Technica AT5040 Cardioid Condenser Studio Vocal Microphone

AT5040 is Audio-Technica’s premier studio condenser vocal microphone and it was developed as a vocal mic but it is also suitable for acoustic instruments such as piano, guitar or saxophone. This condenser microphone activates 4 rectangular diaphragms in order to provide profound realism and depth, presence and purity of sound. It has a frequency response of 20-20000 HZ and an impedance of 50 Ohms.

The best condenser microphones of 2016. Conclusion

Even if some of these mics were included in my last year top picks, I still think that they’ll add quality value to your recordings. Don’t forget that a great condenser microphone is not the only item in your recording chain, and you definitely need to pay attention to other items like audio interface, cables, mixers or studio monitors.

Røde NT-USB microphone review

Rode NT-USB condenser microphone 1

Let’s face it, these days everyone is mobile so it’s just natural to pick a USB condenser microphone that’s perfect for recording songs on the go. This way, your recording studio is made of your smartphone, tablet, laptop and your USB mic. Every week, I am asked to give advice on recording microphones that are of great quality, affordable and they are compatible mobile devices. My past USB mic reviews got some attention, so I decided to expand my reviews with another one. This time, I will review the new Røde NT-USB studio microphone and I truly hope that this article will help some of my readers in their endeavor to build a home recording studio.

Setting a ‘pickup and use’ mobile solution is really easy, all you have to do is use a microphone with a built in USB interface. In the Røde NT-USB’s package you will find a pop-filter, a sturdy stand mount that is compatible with industry standard 3/8” thread, and a fine small tripod stand that allows you to record podcasting while you place the NT-USB on your desktop and you sit comfortable in your chair. Talking about this USB mic, you should know that it is a heavy microphone, weighing around 500g. In the package you will also find a 6m USB cable that should be just enough for common needs and a carry case.

Rode NT-USB condenser microphone

Getting to the technical specifications, you should know that the microphone has a cardioid pattern capsule that will handle audio levels of 110db, a 96dB dynamic range and a fairly dynamic response that offers a presence peak at 5.5kHz. If you plan to monitor what you are recording you are lucky, since the 3.5 mm headphone jack that’s present on the microphone allows you to do just that. In order to use the NT-USB condenser mic with a PC or laptop you don’t have to perform any special preparations. The device is plug-n-play and it also works great with Apple devices. If you plan to use it with an iPhone or iPad you’ll have to get a Connection Kit. You should find one at a reasonable price on eBay. Once you will use the microphone for a while, you will notice that the headphone amp has just enough power to get you through the recording sessions. The controls and knobs are made of metal and they work very smooth and easy.

I’ve used this mic for a week and I can tell you that I will probably replace my old non-USB AT2020 with this one for my demo recording sessions. The mic worked perfect with my multi-track software, allowing me to record my vocals without any problems. Too bad I was not able to get my hands on a Apple Lightning to USB Camera Adapter in order to test it with an iPad.

The price

If you plan to buy this USB microphone you should head to Amazon.com in order to find additional details, the price ($169.00) and user reviews. At this time, 59 customers gave Rode NT-USB 5 out of 5 stars.

Best microphones for recording music in 2017

Following one of the most popular articles on the great microphones for building a home studio in 2017, I have decided to compile a whole new list with some of the best mics that you can get for your home studio project in 2017. 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.

Best microphones - SE Electronic magento condenser microphone 2017

sE Electronics Magneto Limited Edition Studio Condenser Microphone

I’ve mentioned sE Electronics mics in the past, but this one is a special edition at a special price – $99. It’s not that microphone that can compete with Neumann TLM 102, but it will do the job if you are on a tight budget.

Avant Electronics Avantone CR-14 condenser microphone 2017

Avant Electronics Avantone CR-14

Boys and girls, welcome to the big league of the best microphones on the market. Avantone CR-14 has an unique design, an affordable price and most importantly, it captures vocals and instruments with a character that reminded me of the very finest Ribbon microphones. Basically, you get the same quality at a lower price. Nothing can beat that, right?

Best microphones - Sontronics STC-2X condenser microphone 2017

Sontronics STC-2X

Finding this microphone is not easy, but you will manage to buy it from most online music stores; you may need to scout for a bit in order to find it. But if you decide to complete your recording music studio with it, you will learn that it is worth your money (and your time). Among many interesting features, it offers a two-stage attenuation switch and a two-stage low-cut filter. An omni-directional switch is also present, so it’s probably the best choice if you plan to record vocals coming from multiple subjects at one time.

Best microphones - Lewitt LCT240 condenser microphone 2017

Lewitt Authentica LCT 240

While we go further with our list, fresh microphones are unrelieved. This 2/3-inch diaphragm condenser microphone stands next to AKG’s C414 in terms of features, performance and versatility, but the good thing is that you can buy it at a lower price. LCT 240 sets a new bar in terms of performance and all round flexibility, allowing you to record warm, distorted-free and natural sounds, just like a pro. It costs around $200.

 Best microphones - Maroon MT100 condenser microphone 2017

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!

The best budget mics under $50

Ever since recording equipment got so affordable, a lot of people are spending large amounts of money on microphones, interfaces and audio devices. The microphone is one of the most important pieces of equipment in any recording setup and you need to establish few things before buying one from your local store or your favorite online shop. I always advice my friends to think at these three factors when they decide to get a budget mic: the purpose, the setup and the budget. You can buy a microphone for $10 or you can get one for $1,000. Why pay more when you need an entry-level mic for your project? These are the best budget mics under $50 that are suited for recording vocals.
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The best USB microphones around $100: tips, reviews and advices

BEST-USB-CONDENSER-MICROPHONES

If you plan to record your own songs at home but you don’t want to spend a large budget for the recording setup, buying an USB condenser microphone is a good idea. Nothing fancy, no preamp, no audio interface. Just a good microphone and a USB cable. There are many options to choose from here. Brands like Audio Technica, Nady, Blue, Samson, MXL, CAD will try to capture your attention with USB mics between $30 and $300. You will learn that most USB microphones are around $100, but you will also find a few that are way above that line. In this article, I will try tho choose the best USB microphones that you can buy around the price of $100.
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