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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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Neumann KMS 105 Pro Stage Condenser Mic

"It will change your entire performance for the better. It will add clarity and quality and the words will cut through the mix so everyone will enjoy your show. I use in-ear monitors and I sometimes catch myself listening to them and smiling during a song because this mic sounds that good."
- Denny

"It actually pulls the notes right out of me. After long gigs, my voice is fresh and ready for the next one. No straining at all."
- Peter in Neptune City, NJ

"What a beauty...depth, warmth, details, air, space...I am in love with it."
- Lola in Los Angeles, CA
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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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Sennheiser e906 Instrument Mic

"Can't say enough about the quality and ruggedness of this microphone. I love the fact you can just hang the mic over the top of the amp. No loss of tone."
- Stephen in Pooler, GA

"Everything I expected. Excellent performance, quality craftsmanship. I use the middle switch setting and it sounds great thru a variety of amps."
- Mark in Oxnard, CA

"Very easy to place -- since the e906 is flat, all you have to do is plug it in to your cable, hang it over your cab, find that sweet spot and just leave it there."
- Robert in Brooklyn, NY
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Rode NT1-A Studio Condenser Microphone

"After singing just five words into my NT1-A, I believe my exact reaction was 'holy crap!' I can hear every word and nuance with my vocals sitting right in front of the mix, but never overpowering."
- Dale in Simi Valley, CA

"The sound was surprisingly superb for such a low-priced mic, very low noise floor and great clarity. This should be a great purchase for any project or pro studio owner."

"Not only does it reproduce my voice amazingly, it also is incredible at recording rappers. Crisp, clean regardless of vocal range, reproduces bass voices with ease and cleanly produces even the fastest raps with no unwanted noise."

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Shure 55SH Series II Cardioid Dynamic Microphone

"The sound of this mic can be warm for crooners, light or hard for rock. This new 55 is super great for the money...sounds like a thousand bucks."
- Noel in Harrisburg, PA

"Sounds fantastic, looks cool. People comment on its classy look and how balanced out the sound is (crisp, good lows, great response). Amazingly good at reducing on-stage bleed."
- Mike in Austin, TX

"It sounds amazing and clear. Everyone can be a rock star with this mic."

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Audix OM5 Dynamic Hypercardioid Microphone

"This mic is amazing! Gone are my on-stage worries about feedback. And I can hear myself better than ever before -- even over a big band. This mic solved my performance issues, so all I have to worry about is singing."

"It plugs in, sounds great, and has low feedback response. What else are you expecting to find in a microphone?"

"They have superior sound reproduction, no feedback ever, no handling noise at all."
- Ron in St. Louis, MO

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AKG C 214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

"For the money this mic is a great addition to every home studio. I have been very pleased with the sound on both slower and hard rock applications."
- KB in San Antonio, TX

"'Bubblicious' is the first word that comes to mind since this is a mouthful of juicy sound for your ears."

"I've had this microphone for the past month and it has been my main mic for tracking vocals. It has a great tonal quality to it and when coupled with my UA 710 mic pre, I'm able to track solid vocals."
- Terrence in Torrance, CA

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Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum and Bass Microphone

"If you're going to record some bass guitar, or bass drums, this is the mic to purchase. It won't set your wallet back too far, and you can use it as a weapon for those unruly sessions if your drummer is giving you lip. Priceless."

"Honestly, with a little EQ you can get any sound you are looking for out of this mic...By itself, the low end is great, mids are all there, and highs are clean and clear."

"Great quality! A big, sturdy, all-metal mic that is impossible to break and sounds great."

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Sennheiser MD421II Dynamic Cardioid Microphone

"I've had 5 of these in my home studio since the mid '80s, and I've used them on just about everything with good results. The 5 position rolloff is very useful."
- Dean in Franklin, MA

"The performance of this mic is so spectacular that I can record in a room full of sound and it will still pick up a smooth voice with virtually no background noise. It is the best for booth recording. This is a got-to-have item."

"It has a full, rich sound and is extremely sensitive and natural-sounding, and it won't even begin to break up, even with announcers who scream into it."

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Warm Audio WA87 FET Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

"This is by far the best mic I have [owned] to date. Vocals sit so well in the mix I can't believe my ears! Stop looking and buy now!"
- Brandon in Louisville, KY

"I've worked in the recording industry for studios that had huge mic lockers, and this [is] one of my favorite mics right now. I can use on anything and it just sounds amazing!"
- T in Rockville, MD

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