A microphone being the best version of a musician’s voice extension is most definitely a master piece in making the singer’s voice fuller, this primarily done by magnification? However with the range and variety of microphones available it is proving very difficult to actually choose a good microphone.
By length the some of the best recording microphone sytems of recording are quite a lot from the Neumann U87 Ai, the Neumann TLM102, and the sE22000a IIMulti-Pattern. Majority of us will be spoiled for choice.
Doing a lengthy and much more detailed research of these microphones which is based on their market value, their performance and the reputation they are holding with performers worldwide we arrive at these two.
In the year 2012 this microphone was voted as the best microphone by the Sound on Sound magazine. Many will argue that it did receive such a good rating since it’s used by professionals all round the globe.
Its main features range from;
· Dual-diaphragm capsule well protected with a head grille.
· It minimizes low frequencies through its high-pass filter thereby extending and lending more focus on the main source of the sound.
· This professional master piece standard audio condenser is also equipped with switchable cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional polar pattern.
· Its average cost is 3600 USD.
The sE2200a II Multi-Pattern.
It comes close to the Neumann U 87i only based on the reputation is has had in the market. This particular microphone has been crowned a two time winner o f the music industry. The features it boasts of include the following.
· It has the ability to allow three polar patterns, which include cardioid, Omni and the feature –of-8.
· It can handle extremely low noises and has an impedance of greater than 200 ohms being able to handle high headroom SPL of up to 135db.
· The microphone comes with a high pass filter and a 10db pad.
· The se2200a series is comprised of thesE200a II(cardioid)and sE2200T II Multi-Pattern condenser microphone features which allow a back to back hand crafted 1 diaphragm.
· Its average market price is 600USD.
Therefore aside from the cost issue I will rate the Neumann U87Ai as a leader in this market.