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BigBouncyBright says

Hello, guys! I’m not a vocalist but decided to record a full song with vocals. Today I bought Behringer C-1 mic. I didn’t need it because we always used Shure SM 58 and B-2 pro with my band, but I couldn’t loose this deal because of it’s low price 20$ XD. I know it’s vey very budget model, but does anybody here use it? Judging by reviews it is possible to make good quality records with C-1… Is that right? Thanx!

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FxProSound says

It may work quite well with muddy and dull preamp – avoid metallic sounding preamps and cheap valve toys for it. C1 is way better for recording vocals and acoustic guitars in studio than sm58. Do not forget about pop filter for it :)

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jhunger says

Haven’t used it myself, but I doubt you’ll get a better deal on a new LDC for 20 USD . If you have a decent recording space without too many errant reflections I’m sure you could get a good vocal track with it. There’s probably not too much of a difference between the C1 and any other LDC sold for less than 100 USD .

I guess the best thing to do is lay down a few tracks and see what you think, since you already have the mic. Maybe try a comparison with the other mics that you have. If you end up not liking the C1 you might be able to sell it on eBay for a profit :).

If you start doing more than just a couple vocal tracks, my guess is that you’ll definitely want to test a few others (if possible) to see what works with your voice. There are several LDC microphones made by AudioTechnica, Studio Projects, Rode, etc that are quite good at a (relatively) low price.

I agree that typically you don’t want to use an SM58 for acoustic guitars in the studio, though with the right pre vocals can actually sound quite good recorded through a 58.

And yes – use a pop filter!

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FxProSound says

I agree that typically you don’t want to use an SM58 for acoustic guitars in the studio, though with the right pre vocals can actually sound quite good recorded through a 58.

And yes – use a pop filter!

Good point! There are some very strong and dynamic vocals that are very difficult to record by LDC , I often use Shure SM59 or SM7 instead, so keep your SM58 until you test your LDC (large diaphragm condenser) microphone.

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jhunger says

+1 for the SM7 – what a great mic, especially for strong male vocals.

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BigBouncyBright says

Thanx for replies, yeah I will definitely try it and compare with others. I think the song will be ok. Any way the review process will show it suitability and quality, as I’m novice in vocal recordings :)

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BigBouncyBright says


I agree that typically you don’t want to use an SM58 for acoustic guitars in the studio, though with the right pre vocals can actually sound quite good recorded through a 58.

And yes – use a pop filter!
Good point! There are some very strong and dynamic vocals that are very difficult to record by LDC , I often use Shure SM59 or SM7 instead, so keep your SM58 until you test your LDC (large diaphragm condenser) microphone.
yeah, SM 58 is good for scream and drive vocals but it’s not my case, I would like to record clean and clear vocal. As for SM7 , wow it’s rather expensive in compare to 20 $ for C-1 :)

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