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Audio Technica AT2020 Studio Mic

Audio-Technica AT2020 Microphone Review

Prices start from £98.99

Alright, so I’ve been using the Audio-Technica AT2020 for a few months now, and I reckon I’ve got enough hands-on experience to do it justice in a review. As a music student here in London, I’ve got a knack for high-quality sound and the nitty-gritty details that make a difference.

Audio-Technica AT2020 Condenser Mic Pros

First things first, the AT2020 is a gem when it comes to sound quality. Its wide dynamic range and frequency response capture vocals beautifully, from soulful singing sessions to those energetic, late-night jam sessions with my mates. The sensitivity and accuracy are on point; it brings out the richness and texture of any voice in a really impressive way. So, if you’re into vocals or even podcasts, this mic is definitely a win.

The build quality is something else I appreciate. It’s got a solid, durable feel, which is perfect for someone as accident-prone as me. I mean, we’re all a bit clumsy after a night out in Shoreditch, aren’t we? Even after a couple of bumps and drops, the AT2020’s performance hasn’t wavered a bit.

I’ve got to say, for the price point, I reckon it’s excellent value. It’s not often you find such sound quality in this price range.

Audio-Technica AT2020 Condenser Mic Cons

On the flip side, there are a couple of things that could be better. It doesn’t come with a stand or a pop filter, which, honestly, is a bit of a bummer. I had to spend extra to get those. Also, it’s a bit more sensitive to background noise than I’d prefer. It picks up a bit too much of the ambient sounds in my flat. If you’re planning to use this, make sure you’ve got a relatively quiet environment, or consider investing in some soundproofing.

Also, it’s a side-address mic, so you’ll need to sing or speak into the front of it, rather than the top. This wasn’t a problem for me, but it might catch some people off guard if they’re not used to this type of microphone.

Conclusion:

All in all, the Audio-Technica AT2020 has been a pretty solid piece of kit for me. If you’re starting to take your music or podcasting seriously, but you’re not quite ready to splash out hundreds on a high-end microphone, it’s a brilliant choice.

Review By Harry C.

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4.9/5

Music Microphone

Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone

Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone Review

Prices start from £439.99

I’ve been a musician for a while now, and over the years, I’ve come across a fair share of recording gear. Trust me when I say this – the Shure SM7B is the real deal. It’s become my go-to mic for nearly all my recording sessions.

Shure SM7B Microphone Pros

When it comes to the sound quality, this mic is just sublime. It delivers a flat, natural, and clean sound, making vocals truly shine. It’s got this incredible ability to capture every little nuance in your performance. Whether you’re whispering or belting out a chorus, the SM7B captures it with an amazing level of detail. I’ve used it for some guitar recordings as well, and it handles the loudness without distorting the sound.

A major plus is the integrated pop filter and windscreen that it comes with – they do a fantastic job of cutting out unwanted noises from your plosives. You’d be surprised how important this feature is until you hear your recording without those distracting sounds.

I also appreciate the sturdy construction of the SM7B. This thing is built like a brick house. I’ve had mine for a few years now, and it’s still performing as well as the day I bought it. Its robust build gives it a reliable feel, perfect for us musicians who may not be the most gentle with our gear!

Shure SM7B Microphone Cons

That being said, there are a few points to consider before going for the SM7B. For starters, it’s not exactly cheap, but you’re getting what you pay for in terms of quality and reliability. And, although the sound is top-notch, you’ll need a decent preamp or audio interface with enough gain to get the best out of it. This microphone is quite gain-hungry, and using it with low-quality equipment might not give you the sound you’re after.

Conclusion:

All in all, though, the Shure SM7B is a truly solid choice for any serious musician. It’s a proper workhorse of a microphone and, despite the higher price and need for good supporting gear, the investment is well worth it in my books. If you’re looking to up your recording game, I can’t recommend this microphone enough.

Review By Ryan P.

Our Clients Best Value for Money Microphone

Critic Rating:
4.4/5

Studio Microphone

Audio Technica AT2020 Studio Mic

AKG C214 Microphone Review

Prices start from £368.99

As a music producer, I have to ensure that my studio is equipped to provide the best possible experience for my clients. And let me tell you, the AKG Pro Audio C214 has been a game-changing microphone for my small home studio.

To start with I had a cheap mic, but when I started recording for and with friends, I decided I needed an upgrade. The difference was massive. The AKG C214 is, in my opinion, the best microphone I could have bought for my studio. When I’m not producing, I’m travelling and singing. For a while I used microphones that the local studios provided, sometimes they were expensive and a lot better quality than my studio mic, but other times they weren’t. So now I take my trustee microphone with me… Just in case. 

AKG C214 Condenser Mic Pros

One of the key reasons I recommend the C214 for other music producers is its remarkable versatility. It can handle a wide range of voices and instruments with great precision. It’s equipped with a switchable attenuation pad that allows it to record at high sound pressure levels, up to 156dB SPL. This means it can handle loud vocalists or blasting instruments without any distortion.

In terms of sound quality, the C214 has a characteristic warmth that adds a nice touch to vocals and instruments. It also has a very low noise floor, which means it picks up fewer unwanted sounds during recording sessions. That’s a major pro in any recording scenario.

The C214’s solid build is another plus. It’s sturdy and durable – exactly what you need in a studio environment where microphones can go through a lot of handling. Plus, it comes with its own shock mount and a metal carrying case for safe transportation.

When compared to the Audio-Technica AT2020, the C214 offers more professional features, such as its high SPL handling, low noise floor, and switchable attenuation pad. Yes, it comes at a higher cost, but the benefits it has brought to my studio and clients has made it more than worth it.

I think its the perfect middle ground microphone if you want something impressive, but are still growing your platform as a musician or producer. 

AKG C214 Condenser Mic Cons

On the downside, the C214 might be overkill for some applications. If your clients mostly need basic vocals or podcasting recordings, a simpler and cheaper mic like the AT2020 might be sufficient. But if you regularly record different types of vocals and instruments, or if you just want to offer your clients a more professional recording experience, the C214 is a great investment.

Conclusion:

In conclusion, if you’re a music producer looking to give your clients the best possible sound quality and a versatile recording experience, the AKG Pro Audio C214 is a microphone you should seriously consider adding to your studio.

Review By Kayleigh J

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