5 Best Studio Microphone for Rap

Rap has been part of the music industry for the past decade. The booming business of rappers result to dollar figures in their paycheck. If you are an aspiring rapper or want to be part of the rap game in the future, you might want to invest in a studio microphone as a beginner.  

Picking the best studio microphone is not a walk in the park. You have a lot of considerations to look at all for the sake of producing good and quality music. Big time rappers start small or had any experience of being a beginner. Somehow, they experienced this problem too. 

Below are some of the best studio microphones out and raved for in the market that might suit your taste. To know more, read the article below. 

Also Read: 5 Best Studio Headphones Under 200

 

ZINGYOU ZY-007 Condenser Microphone

ZINGYOU upgraded their line and released a new microphone set, the ZY-007 Condenser Microphone. It is still based on the original condenser microphone but in better quality. The kit includes a cardioid condenser microphone, shock mount, pop filter, adjustable suspension scissor boom, windproof bubble cap, power cord, sound card, and a user’s manual. 

The brand updated three parts of its condenser microphone such as the sensitivity, color choices, and thickness of the frame. The microphone core is now more sensitive and it has more color choices with matte black, aurora red, and sunrise gold. Also, the film is more thickened to make the whole frame stable. 

This microphone picks up sound coming from the front while reducing priority from the sides and rears. It is able to do this by the use of the cardioid pick-up pattern. So it is best to do this in recordings or broadcastings with direct speaking in front of the microphone. Get warranty covered for 12 months with 7-day no reason refund and 30-day replacement when you avail this product. 

Product specifications: 

Pros

  • Higher sensitivity rate 
  •  Wide color choices 
  •  Thick frames 
  •  Long warranty period

Cons

  • No Bluetooth connectivity 
  • No mount accessories included 
SEE ON AMAZON

 

Neewer Microphone Isolation Shield 

Though this one is not a microphone but an accessory, it is still essential. The Neewer Microphone Isolation Shield is built with an interference that isolates sound using the absorbing cotton insulation when recording. The folding panel design also enables angle adjsutments for flexibility and convenience. It  is constructed with high-grade premium steel to ensure strudiness and long-lasting performance. 

This microphone shield can also be fixed or mounted on a countertop, tabletop, or a microphone stand. The downfall is that it does not include any Neewer microphone stands or other products because it is sold separately. The design of this shield features an acoustic foam front and a vented metal back plate. 

I think this will be the least pick of people when rating this buying guide since most of them, if not, a lot of them are currently on the run for studio microphones and not a microphone shield. Nevertheless, this is still vital to include in your rap music making. 

Product specifications:

Pros

  •  High-grade materials 
  •  Diverse applications 
  •  Isolates sound 
  •  Long-lasting performance

Cons

  • Do not include a stand 
  • No warranty card 
SEE ON AMAZON

 

ZealSound Plug ‘N Play Condenser Recording Microphone

Easy to use and convenient to setup, the ZealSound Plug ‘N Play Condenser Recording Microphone is built with a 3.5 mm jack recording microphone for easy connection to phones, tablets, computers, ipads, and other compatible devices for recording music, singing, live streaming, or doing podcasts. Ditch your Y splitter because you would not need a USB microphone for this. But also keep in mind that Apple products need a USB sound card adapter which is sold separately. 

This recording microphone features a built-in sound card mixer controller to let you take over the volume and echo controls to attain the perfect voice during an online class, singing recording, music making, voice recording, live streaming, broadcasting, instrument recording, interviews, video conferences, and dubbing. The diverse usage of these is possible with the real-time monitor of the 3.5 mm stereo headphone jack for zero latency monitoring. This allows to monitor microphone input in realtime. 

It is recommended for home studios, karaokes, gaming, and singing and can be used with mobile applciations like Smule, Garageband, Skype, Discord, Yahoo Recording, YouTube Recording, Google Voice Search, and Zoom Meeting. It comes in a metal touch design with stable tripod stand and pop filter to ensure that your tracks are audible and easy on the ears. 

I love how you can control the sound with this one — which most mirophones do not have. 

Product specifications:

Pros

  • With sound mixer controller  
  •  Y-splitter included
  •  Comes with a stand 
  •  Built with omnidirectional pattern

Cons

  • Incompatible adapter for Apple devices 
  • Not mountable 
SEE ON AMAZON

 

Aokeo Professional Studio Recording Microphone 

The Aokeo Professional Studio Recording Microphone is built with an isolation shield that is foldable, adjustable, made with grade aluminum, and with abosrbent foam. For a guaranteed reduced noise, this premium microphone isolation is made with a metal shell and thick sponge. The side of this isolation shield eliminate interference that reduces sound reflection when recording. 

For a secured stand, it comes with a microphone crossbar to hold the microphone isolation stand in place. It also has a fixing clip that fixes the soundproof cover on the floor stand and adapters are removable and fits most shock mounts and microphone. Get this with Aokeo’s wide range of microphones such as the AK-60, AK-70, Storm, Warrior, and DW-320. 

Product specifications:

Pros

  •  Built with an isolation shield 
  •  Reduces sound reflection
  •  Comes with a fixing clip 
  •  Removable adapters

Cons

  • Microphone sold separately 
  • Not mountable
SEE ON AMAZON

 

ZINGYOU BM-800 Condenser Microphone

Comes in a total package of a BM-800 condenser microphone, shock mount, pop filter, microphone adjustable suspension scissor arm stand, anti-wind foam cap, power cable, and sound card, avail the ZINGYOU BM-800 Condenser Microphone now! 

It features a thin material diaphragm which vibrates and sends signal to the output when engaged and is hit by sound waves, it provides an extremely accurate and highly detailed representation of what is being played. 

Recommended for both vocal and musical instruments, it is ideal to capture vocals, acoustic guitars, pianos, and even strings as the condenser itself is able to take accurate snapshot and capture all nuances inherent in these instruments. It also feature a high signal to noise ratio or also known as SNR which means less distortion for the recording process because there is a unique 3-layer protection system providing unwanted pop noises. Get this covered in warranty for 12 months, 7 days no reason to refund, and 30-day replacement with detailed assemble video and instruction document. 

So far, this one is my favorite among the rest. With microphone and insulation shield included, this is a catch for money! 

Product specifications:

Pros

  •  Capture vocals and instruments
  •  Protective layers
  •  Less distortion
  •  Warranty covered

Cons

  • No sound controller
  • Splitter sold separately
SEE ON AMAZON

 

What To Look For: Guide to Microphones

 

Patterns 

Microphones have pickup patterns which is intended to literally “pick up” sound coming from the source. The source is normally prioritize when spoke in front and not in rear and side. A microphone with an omnidirectional capsule will fairly and evenly pick up the sound from wherever it is coming from, disregarding whether it is the rear or side. Personally, I would get a microphone with this feature since I can use this in wide range of events and not for personal or one-person use only. 

Sensitivity 

Not everyone is familiar with this but a microphone have sensitivity within the range. Specifically, the source needs to be 3 inches away up to 15 inches for more accurate and even results. Check the specifications of the microphone before buying. This is a good thing, not a bad one because even if you are a few inches away, the bass response is sounding smoothly. 

Power

This is another foreign idea to most people new in the music industry. Microphones come in either powered or mobilized. If you inteded to have this one connected going full mobile, you are just throwing your money since it will be needed to powered out. Most powered devices require a minimum number of Volts but as far as I know a 48 Volts will be okay. 

 

Noise Floor

The term “noise floor” refers to the device’s noise itself or also known as self noise. In simpler terms, if you turn the microphone on but do not make any sound, it will produce its own. The microphone can contribute to noise so make sure to include this in the editing part. 

Dynamics

The dynamics of a microphone makes the product more expensive. Why? Because of the dynamic range and headroom. The dynamic range is the lowest level to highest level you can record yourself at. High-graded microphones can really respond well to different dynamic range while others cannot. The dynamic range is usually written on the product description or specification so the more flexible range, the better. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

Do the Aokeo Professional Studio Recording Microphone come with a microphone?

No, it is just a vocal booth. It has an arm at the bottom where you attach your own microphone. But you need to supply your own microphone. 

What is the size of the Aokeo Professional Studio Recording Microphone’s vocal shield?

The foam is about 2 inches thick, 10 inches high, and 20 inches wide. It curves around the microphone. While the frame has 3 adjustable legs of a few inches. 

Can I plug the ZINGYOU BM-800 Condenser Microphone into my mixer for power?

That will be depend on the volts. Most mixers have 48V on one pin of the XLR connector so plugging into an XLR input will work fine. It will not work if you plug it into a ¼ jack. 

When I use my ZINGYOU BM-800 Condenser Microphone in my Windows 10, it causes a high-pitched noise. Any suggestion please? 

This product is intended for digital audio interface uses. 

Will the ZINGYOU BM-800 Condenser Microphone work if I plug it up to my iPhone and use the voice recorder?

Yes, it can work but it needs a microphone and a headphone splitter which is sold separately. Take note that the earphones should be three-section audi plug earphones. You can use the voice recorder after doing the instructions I said. 

Do I need a 48 Volts phantom power for the ZINGYOU BM-800 Condenser Microphone? 

Hello. No, you do not need a 48 Volts phantom power because this microphone works well with devices with enough power of up to 5 Volts. 

 

Final Verdict 

Choosing a microphone for your rap game is not an easy task these days since there are a lot of offerings in the market. Some are really good while others just suck. If you are a beginner in this field, you likely found this article helpful. I wish you pick a good microphone! 

Personally, out of all the products we listed, I would buy myself a microphone with an insulation shield included just like the  ZealSound Plug ‘N Play Condenser Recording Microphone or the ZY-007 Condenser Microphone. Since I value money a lot, buying a condenser microphone and insulation shield can cause quite a hole in my pocket. So, buying them separately is a big no-no. Either way, it is still your decision depending on your needs and preference. 

We hope you find yourself what you are looking for! We are always here ready to help. 

 

Popular posts

shares