Suggested Microphones and Guidelines

The Voice Department requires entering students to provide their own microphones. Please see our suggestions below. The microphones are listed alphabetically and not to be taken as quality rank. Quality is subjective and based on personal preference.

Please keep in mind that microphone companies change and update their models, and follow these basic guidelines when buying a microphone:

  1. Make sure that the microphone you purchase is a low-impendence microphone.
  2. It is highly encouraged that you audition a microphone before you buy it. Most stores will allow you to do this.
  3. You will have to purchase a microphone cord separately. It is recommended that you purchase a heavy-duty microphone cable 25 feet or longer.
  4. We strongly recommend that all personal equipment be clearly labeled with your name.
  5. We do not recommend purchasing a wireless microphone system for school use.

Low Cost (around $100)

These microphones will easily meet the requirements for beginning vocal students:

  • Audio-Technica AT2010 (condenser)
  • Beyerdynamic TG V50d (dynamic)
  • Blue enCORE 100 (dynamic)
  • Heil PR20 UT (dynamic)
  • Sennheiser e835 (dynamic)
  • Shure SM58 (dynamic)

Medium Cost (under $200)

  • Blue enCORE 200 (dynamic)
  • Electro-Voice RE410 (condenser)
  • Sennheiser e935 (dynamic)
  • Shure Beta 57A (dynamic)
  • Shure Beta 58A (dynamic)
  • Shure SM86 (condenser)

High End ($200+)

  • Audio-Technica AE5400 (condenser)
  • Neumann KMS105 (dynamic)
  • Rode S1 Pro (condenser)
  • Shure Beta 87A (condenser)
  • Shure KSM8 Dualdyne (dynamic)
  • Telefunken M80 (dynamic)

Budget Microphones (around $50 or less, but not a great investment)

  • AKG D8000M (dynamic)
  • Audio-Technica M4000S (dynamic)
  • Behringer XM8500 (dynamic)
  • Peavey PVi 2 (dynamic)
  • Shure PGA48 (dynamic)
  • Shure SM48 (dynamic)