I don't currently own any microphones. I recently ordered a computer audio interface with phantom power and instrument level inputs. I'm interested in recording voice, traditional instruments, and found objects in a studio setting. I will not be performing live. I'm on a very tight budget ($150).

What type of microphone(s) would best fit my requirements? I figure that I need a good condenser mic for vocals, correct? Should I purchase two specialized microphones, one for vocals and one for drums/bass? This is my current thinking:

Vocals & High-Pitched Sounds https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=600800

Drums, Bass, etc. https://www.amazon.com/Nady-DM-90-Dynamic-Kick-Microphone/dp/B0002E516M/ref=sr_1_4?s=musical-instruments&ie=UTF8&qid=1488312827&sr=1-4&keywords=nady+drum+mic

If possible, please suggest a single type of mic or an appropriate pair of mic types and explain your reasoning. If you know of a particular model of that type, I would appreciate the example.

Thank you, -d. vyd

  • I'd say drop the Nady drum mic and instead go with a multipurpose instrument microphone such as the Shure SM57. It's a little pricey, but the extra cost is worth it in my opinion. – Bob Feb 28 '17 at 22:55
  • Just get one good mic. You don't need two different ones. – Todd Wilcox Mar 1 '17 at 2:10
  • The monoprice certainly seems like a good buy, with shockmount, but no cable. If you envisage stereo recordings, you're going to need two of whatever, and matched mics make more sense then. – Tim Mar 1 '17 at 8:53
  • It takes 4 mics to really do justice to a drum set. One for each singer, then special arrangements for each instrument. But if you are simply adding vocals to a back track, then one mic is all you need. The time-tested Shure SM58 is just fine. Inexpensive, nearly indestructible, and they sound good. – SDsolar May 25 '17 at 8:05