1. Shure SM58
For a long time now, the Shure SM58 has held the crown of “Most Popular Vocal Mic in the World“.
Check out photos of your favorite singers on-stage, and 90% of the time, they’re holding an SM58.
That because…it’s resistance to feedback, rugged casing, and ergonomic capsule makes it perfect for live performances.
And it works just as well in the studio…
Now, dynamic mics such as the sm58 are great for certain styles of music. But since large diaphragm condensers are normally the go-to mic for vocals…
That’s what I’ve chosen for the next pick. you need to preamp to get best performance of this mic .
2. Rode NT1A
When it comes to mid-priced vocal mics, Rode Microphones are the best of the best.
And that is why, the Rode NT1A is only the first of two condenser mics on this list.
In the category of “Best Cheap Vocal Mics“, it’s the hands down favorite.
The combination of price, sound quality, and overall reputation make this mic the obvious choice for your first vocal mic.
In home studios throughout the World, there is probably none more popular.
3. Shure SM7B
In the World of dynamic microphones…
The Shure SM7B is one of the few options SPECIFICALLY tailored for vocals.
Its two most common jobs being:
SCREAMING Rock Vocals
For rock vocals especially, it’s the industry standard.
In fact, the original version of this microphone, the SM7, was likely used at some point by virtually every rock star since it’s release back in 1976.
The most famous example being Michael Jackson’s legendary Thriller album.
4. Sennheiser MD421
While not traditionally thought of as a “vocal mic”…
The Sennheiser MD421 is widely regarded as the “Best All-Around Dynamic Mic” on the planet.
It’s great on vocals, YES. But it also does much more…
It’s works on electric guitar, drums, bass, percussion, and almost anything you can think of.
So if versatility is what you want, I highly recommend this mic.
5. Rode NTK
Most experts agree…for vocals, nothing beats the warm vintage sound of a tube mic.
So on a list of the top mics for recording vocals…we gotta have at least ONE, right?
The problem is…most tube mics cost $3000 or more.
But there are a few exceptions. And in the “under $700”, there’s none better than the Rode NTK.
If that vintage “tube sound” is what you’re after, then I highly recommend this mic.
6. sE Electronics sE2200a II
Of all the mics on this list, the sE Electronics sE2200a II is the one most likely to raise some question marks.
After all, it’s known neither as a classic nor as a vocal mic. However…
If there is one type of mic every studio should have..it’s a multi-pattern large diaphragm condenser.
The reason is…they’re so damn versatile. In addition to working well on vocals, they’re also a must-have for stereo recording.
Now most mics in this category are insanely expensive. But one notable exeption is…the sE Electronics sE220a II.
If you want a mic that sounds great on more than just vocals, I highly recommend it.
7. Neumann TLM 102
In home studio circles, some might call it the “Holy Grail of Vocal Mics“…
Because for under $1000, the Neumann TLM 102 is about as good as it gets.
Now if you’ve heard of the Neumann Company before…
Then you also know they have long held their reputation as creators of the World’s Greatest Microphones…
ESPECIALLY, when it comes to vocal mics.
The problem is the cost. Many of their flagship models cost upwards of $3000 or more.
But with their newer line of TLM mics, Neumann made their “classic sound” much more affordable to the average guy.
Among the TLM mics, none is more popular than the Neumann TLM102.