Best budget mic you have used

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by fuzzy beard, Feb 15, 2014.

  1. What is the best sub $200 mic you have used for bass?
  2. squirefan


    Nov 22, 2009
    Lansing, Ks.
    Shure SM58 or SM57
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  3. fjadams

    fjadams Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
    Danbury, CT

    Can't go wrong here.
  4. Doll

    Doll Versus Doll

    Jan 31, 2010

  5. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Ovid made a copy of the DPA 4099B, but apparently it's now out of production, since Thoman Music lists it as out of stock until December of 2014. The entire mic, mount and case were less than $150.00.

  6. miner


    Oct 26, 2008
    I'll have to go with the sm57!
  7. jamminology101


    Aug 22, 2012
    Indianapolis In
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
  8. Shure Beta 57. Really nice for baritone vocals. Not that many of them out there.

    Our main vocal mic is Beta 87. Superb for acoustic instruments as well, but misses your budget rule by about $50.
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  10. wmheilma


    Jan 5, 2010
  11. Radio shack tie mic
    Atm450 can be had for sub $200 with the right supplier. ;-)
  12. Do you plan on using these with an amp? If so, know the amp's voicing will greatly alter what any microphone sounds like.
  13. Mandobassman


    May 16, 2012
    I will second this. I asked this similar question a couple of years ago and tried the Radio Shack tie clip mic, based on a Forum members suggestion. I am still using it nearly two years later and am still blown away at how much better my bass sounds than it ever did with any pickup. It is so easy to use and sounds great every time. Cost: $33.

    Check the thread titled "Micing with a bass amp" to see how many others have made out using it.

    the sm57 is fine for bass but is a hassle to mount for the best sound (IMO). Once I mounted the RS mic, it has stayed in place and just plug into my amp just like I would a pickup.
  14. Shure SM48. Yes, that's right, SM48; not SM58. The SM48 is a lower output version of the 58 but with the same form factor and rugged build. Works great in the bridge, just like a 58. At reasonable volumes it easily outperforms any pickup I've ever used. I've seen them new for as little as $30.
  15. Earl

    Earl Supporting Member

    Sennheiser E609 in the bridge. Around $100.
  16. Here are some mic samples

    Note: it appears the recorder placed the mics in front of the bass like you would in a controlled studio environment. At least you will get the idea as far as tonal differences between mics.
  17. Smoof

    Smoof Supporting Member

    Sep 30, 2007
    New Hope, Pa
    I've had great luck with an Audix micro D. I used it at bethel woods last spring and the sound engineer was quite impressed. I had an H Clamp lying around and the shock mount fit directly on the rod of the clamp. They run under $190 (I got mine new for $150) It's a condensor, but hypercaridoid. I also usually only run that to FOH but works pretty well through an AI
  18. I've been using an EV Cardinal mic I got on ebay for about $60, and new they are less than $150, I think. It's great for recording, and I've used it for FOH sound on my bass while I use my amp for stage sound and sound guys seem to like it (for whatever that's worth. I haven't tried running it into an amp yet because I don't have a good stand (to keep it close to the bass), and I haven't tried it a loud volumes, but I expect it might be not handle that very well. In my experience, great for moderate-volume b-grass and jazz stuff w/o drums. Full disclosure, I'm an amplification dunce.
  19. Spent

    Spent Supporting Member

    May 15, 2011
    Upstate NY
    Just picked up a Blue encore 200. It uses phantom power, but the 100 doesn't. Nice mic.

  20. Champagne, how do you mount the radio shack tie mic on the bass?