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Our customers' top-rated mics

With so many microphones and myriad uses for each, every musician has their own method of mic shopping. Some prefer to listen to shootout recordings and compare spec sheets. For others, a trusted recommendation is all they need. And the rest of us are looking for a little bit of both.

In our list of All-Star Microphones, you'll find quotes from happy owners on all manner of mics, from budget wonders great for small projects, to legendary studio staples. No one can predict how a new mic is going to sound in your spaces, on your specific sources -- but these are the models our customers have loved consistently enough to leave solid reviews. Read on for their top-rated picks!

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Sennheiser e835 Dynamic Microphone

"I am happy to be able to get the level of vocals and the clarity without feedback issues. I'm no professional, but I feel like one with these microphones. Good buy for anyone wanting to improve their vocals, especially when you are surrounded by loud instruments."
- Henry in Dandridge, TN

"Took it from the box, plugged it in, set all EQ parameters to mid and BOOM, there it was. Great sounds."
- Willie in Wichita, KS

"This mic has excellent presence and gain. Nice, hot signal with very little noise. For the price it can't be beat."

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Audix D6 Large Format Bass Drum Microphone

"I find it to be better than advertised! I put it on a stand in front of my bass drum head, and with no special adjustments got a great sound at a live outdoor performance."

"I used it in a couple of gigs as well as in the studio and folks, this thing rocks. Not only does it provide a low-end sound (as it should) but it's also clear as a bell."

"This is the best kick drum mic on the market. It gives a very nice attack, but not too much, lots of low-end 'oomph' without any EQ. Just throw this thing inside your kick drum and you are in business!"

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MXL Genesis Tube Condenser Microphone

"Warmth and clarity. What a blend. This mic is great for anyone looking to add depth, warmth and clarity."
- L in Austin, TX

"The detail captured by this mic is simply stunning. The tuby grain (as I call it) is subtle yet comes through in a very pleasant way, especially for my low male vocals."

"This is a killer mic -- the best for the price. It cuts through the mix so well from male to female artists."

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Shure SM57 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

"This is a microphone that's in a class of its own. Works on just about everything."
- Derrick in Detroit, MI

"I bought one of these when I was 17 in a band. I'm 63 now and still love this mike and a few more 57s I bought along the way. I use for vocals, guitar, mic thru the PA (works great!), and miking my acoustic guitar to the PA. There's no mic like this."
- Bob in Mendham, NJ

"Durable as you can possibly imagine. This thing's shell is like tank armor. I'd be willing to bet you could put a bullet to its casing and still come out with a working mic (of course, you can't aim at the windscreen :)"

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Electro-Voice RE20 Classic Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

"This is an ideal microphone for any voiceover producer in broadcasting. It meets and surpasses my standards and delivers over and beyond its reputation. Excellent quality, superb playback sound quality without all of the high Ps or Ts."
- Reginald in Elkton, MD

"The sound quality is always warm and smooth, and the flexibility of this mic is amazing -- from vocals, voice-overs, to guitar cabinets, bass drums, floor toms and much more."

"When paired with a decent preamp, one of the greatest vocal mics ever designed. The detail of a condenser (without the irritating 'edge' on most 'budget-friendly' condensers) with the inherent advantages of a dynamic."

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Audio-Technica AT2020 Studio Microphone

"Very clean, very clear. I got it with the instrument mic package deal. If you have a budget but you need a mic that sounds WAY past its price range this is the one."

"The AT2020 gives a neutral rich but still a warm sound and could be used for a large scale of vocals. If you are looking for a reliable and great-sounding condenser mic, you have found a great bargain."

"Awesome sound. Picks up as much as you throw at it and then some. I record vocals mainly with this, but I have done a few acoustic guitar sessions as well. Great sound."

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Shure SM58 Dynamic Handheld Microphone

"Vocalists expect them; they have a consistent sound mike-to-mike. Their sensitivity is just right to minimize feedback, and they're bulletproof -- you could use one for a hammer and it would probably still work."
- Kraig in Bayboro, NC

"The sound is truly amazing; it's virtually perfect, every single aspect. I use it in the studio for everything vocal. Live, it's the best mic out there..."

"No mic I know of combines quality and on-stage reliability like the SM58. As far as recording goes, for a less-than-$100 mic, it works damn well."

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Rode NTK Tube Condenser Studio Microphone

"It gives me the right amount of warmth that I'd expect from much more expensive mics. Paired up with an LA-610, this mic gives that amazing big round sound that every hip-hop record is known for, but at the same time very translucent."

"The mic works great on acoustic guitars, drum overheads, etc. Will make any home studio sound very pro-like if used properly."
- George in Waltham, MA

"Very flattering to female vocals, as well as any warm or muddy sound source. Can really give articulation to dull-sounding acoustic guitars. Great for many guitar amps, as an overhead for certain types of drum sounds, and it really blossoms at higher amplitudes."

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BLUE Blueberry Cardioid Condenser Microphone

"If you sing and play acoustic guitar and track separately, this is a perfect mic for that. It's very good at bringing out the detail and sparkly tone of the guitar to the point of being almost tactile."
- Skip in Muncie, IN

"It brings out the subtle nuances of the vocalist without adding too much color. Gives a lot of headroom to play."
- Heather in Ammagansett, NY

"Although the mic has an airy essence to its highs, it creates a very smooth sound with very even output."

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Neumann TLM49 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

"The sound through this mic is AWESOME. It is very crisp and clear. Just what i wanted. Hook it up to a good preamp (tube or solid state) and you will get awesome results."

"Solid build, nice mount, beautiful appearance. There is nothing more you could ask for."

"With a good preamp, you can go from rich, thick, warm voice to crisp, crystal-clear sound. It gives me the variation i need."

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