As I blogged before, I was looking for a microphone that does a good job of reproducing the vocals. The out-of-the-box mics that come with the Singing Machine 1028 didn’t just cut it in the first place. When I sing, I can’t hear my voice well in the speakers with these and even if I put on a headphone, the vocal was never satisfying. I then went and tried the Behringer XM8600 for a few months and that did produce better vocals on the speakers and even in the headphones. About 10 months after, I was looking up microphones and found there are different types of microphones. I always thought there was one type and the more expensive ones got better hi-fi. The past couple of months I had zeroed in on the Shure SM57 and SM58, under I read about the microphone types. There are cardoid microphones and then there are ones that are good for instruments and there are condenser microphones, etc, etc. What I found out was, for vocals, the best type is the large diaphragm microphones as these are very sensitive to lower frequencies (and thus not exactly best for instruments). There were a couple of these that I honed in on – the Audio Technica 2035 and the MXL V67G, decided I didn’t like the look of the latter (a ghetto look, as one reviewer put it) and ordered the AT2035. There is an alternate AT2020, that comes in a pack with another AT, suited for instruments, thus you get two for the same price as the AT2035. However, the AT2035 comes with a shock mount which is a must and can cost $50 or so. I didn’t really have a need for an instrument microphone (I don’t play the guitar anyway), so the 2035 was my choice. I also order a microphone stand from Amazon – the On Stage MS7701 as well as a pop filter, the Nady MPF 6. The reason for the pop filter is due to the extreme sensitivity of the 2035, you can hear a lot of ‘plosives’ the Ps and the Ss when you sing. The pop filter, filters these out effectively.
Now, to the main point of this blog. How did the AT2035 perform. Just phenomenal. Never have I been satisfied hearing my own voice on the speakers or on the headphones. I could hear my every nuances in the voice, without having to strain myself to produce those. Simply put, the $117 bucks on the AT2035 is my best investment related to singing!! Somehow, now I feel satisfied after singing a few songs, knowing I don’t have to beat myself up to sound good.