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Best Studio Microphones Under $200 a Month

The Best Microphones Under $200 a Month

Recording at home? Don't let a small budget stop you from stocking your studio with the best microphones around! With zZounds' monthly installment plans, you can split the cost of that new mic into 4 or 8 easy payments. In this buying guide, you'll find our picks for the best microphones under $200 a month -- from Neumann, Shure, Audix, Sennheiser, AKG, Rode, and BLUE.
Neumann: Best Microphones Under $200 a Month
Don't let the small size of the Neumann TLM 102 fool you -- it's a monster of a mic! With a slight presence boost above 6 kHz, this cardioid large-diaphragm condenser yields "that Neumann sound" on vocals and just about everything else. Try the larger, lower-noise Neumann TLM 103 for a brighter top-end sound, courtesy of its wide, smooth presence boost starting at around 4 kHz. Upgrade to the TLM 103 Anniversary Edition microphone to score the matching Neumann shock mount and case.

With a gentle boost around 9 kHz, the legendary Neumann KM184 is the acoustic guitar microphone. Thanks to SPL handling of 138 dB, this classic cardioid small-diaphragm condenser also shines on loud sources like brass and percussion.

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Shure: Best Microphones Under $200 a Month
If you're recording aggressive rock/rap vocals -- or a powerful opera singer -- the Shure SM7B is a solid bet. Capable of handling 180 dB SPL, the SM7B loves loud vocalists, and it's also an industry-standard mic for voiceover. Shure's KSM series of premium studio mics includes the KSM32 and KSM42 large-diaphragm cardioid condensers -- both heavy hitters for tracking vocals.

Next time you're at a concert, look above the drum kit. You're likely to see a pair of Shure SM81 small-diaphragm condensers hanging there. These workhorse cardioid mics are known for their outstanding transparency and realism on drums.

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Shure SM7B Dynamic Cardioid Studio Vocal Microphone
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Shure SM81 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
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Audix: Best Microphones Under $200 a Month
A smash hit since its 2002 release, the rugged Audix D6 has gained a reputation as the modern bass drum microphone for rock and pop. The Audix drum mic packages are serious values -- the kits we've chosen here all include a D6 for your kick, plus a selection of Audix condensers and dynamics to cover the rest of the drum kit.

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Audix DP7 7 Drum Microphone Package
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Audix DP Elite 8 Drum Microphone Package (8-Piece)
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Sennheiser: Best Microphones Under $200 a Month
Capable of handling sound pressure levels (SPL) up to an astonishing 150 dB, the mighty Sennheiser MD 421 microphone is a go-to cardioid dynamic for loud sources like guitar amps, rack toms and powerful vocals. Its 5-position bass roll-off switch makes it super-versatile. Need a high-SPL dynamic mic that's less bulky than the 421? Clip the Sennheiser e604 on tom or snare rims.

Check the reviews -- zZounds customers love the Sennheiser e609S Silver on guitar amps and more. It's super-easy to place: just hang it over the top of the amp and let the mic's grille rest on your amp's grille. Recording vocals at home? Try the affordable Sennheiser MK4 -- Sennheiser's first side-address large-diaphragm condenser.

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AKG: Best Microphones Under $200 a Month
If you've spent much time in recording studios, you know the AKG C414 microphone -- a classic large-diaphragm condenser known for its accuracy. Its smaller siblings are the AKG C214 and AKG C314 -- both excellent options for the home studio. Designed for versatility, the C314 offers 4 polar patterns as well as a switchable -20 dB pad, and even an overload indicator LED to help you see when you'll need to engage that pad switch on a loud source.

AKG drum mic packages are a great way to get all the mics you need to record a drum kit. A great value, the Drum Set Session I package gives you 7 mics from AKG's Project Studio/Perception series: a P2 kick drum mic, four P4s for toms and snare, and P17s for overheads. Step up to the AKG Drum Set Concert I package and get the classic AKG D112 MKII kick drum mic, along with four D40 dynamics for your toms and snare and a pair of C430 condensers for overheads.

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AKG C314 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
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Rode: Best Microphones Under $200 a Month
Rode microphones are much-loved studio workhorses, and with zZounds' payment plans, you can score one for under $200 a month. For sources where you might use a pair of small-diaphragm condensers -- like in front of an acoustic guitar, above a choir, inside a piano or over a drum kit -- try the Rode NT4 stereo condenser mic for incredibly easy placement.

For tracking vocals, a tube condenser like the Rode K2 or Rode NTK can help capture detailed tracks while adding a bit of tube character to your digital studio. The NTK is a fixed-cardioid design, while the K2 gives you a continously variable polar pattern to give you more flexibility in the studio.

Then there's the Rode NTR ribbon microphone. A newer Rode offering, the NTR can reproduce detailed high frequencies in ways that many ribbon mics fall short. Try this mic on sources where you'd use a condenser and see what kind of flavor you get.

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Rode NTR Premium Active Ribbon Microphone
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BLUE: Best Microphones Under $200 a Month
Baltic Latvian Universal Electronics, better known as BLUE, has a few microphones made to fit any home studio artist's budget. zZounds customers love the Bluebird, the Baby Bottle, the Spark, and the Blueberry -- all fixed-cardioid large-diaphragm condensers well-suited for recording vocals and more.

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BLUE Bluebird Cardioid Studio Condenser Microphone
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BLUE Spark Studio Condenser Microphone
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BLUE Blueberry Cardioid Condenser Microphone
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