The Aze "Low-Budget mic shoppers guide". I'm going to make this quick. The biggest mistake I see being made is people going for what 'other people' say is good. Not everyone has the same voice, so no one mic is going to fit everyone perfectly. You REALLY have to shop arround for what sounds best on you -- go to your local pro audio center and ask the sales-man to let you test the mics out on one of their mixers. They will let you, else they are really stupid. And don't be affraid to ask, you are about to drop (possibly) hundreds of your own hard-worked-for dollars on a single peice of equiptment. YOU DISERVE SOME DAMN GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE! Now, some of you shop online and such, meaning you can't test them out -- and some just don't have that ear for what sounds good. Let me give a little chart here. - If you have a high-pitch voice go for a mic that has a good low-end pickup. For those of you looking to only spend 100-200 dollars I would really suggest a Sennheiser e835 or a ShureSM58 (yes, the dynamic mics... guess what people, some professional artists ACTUALLY use these to record albums). If you can afford more, just look arround for a good mic that will pick up that bass in your voice more. - If you have a mid-tone voice (which most males do) then you're battle is already half finished. Because most performers have a mid-range vocal pitch, most mics are designed for this -- you just need a mic with good pickup, period, you can always add some bass or up the hi's by EQ. If you're on a budget of about 100-200, again, get a SM58 or a Sennheiser e835. If you can afford more, look for a mic with good pickup on low and hi. - If you have a low-pitch (bassy) voice, then I should really say, DO NOT get an SM58 or a e835, because these will pick up the bass from your voice a little TOO much, making most of your tracks muddy. You're going to have to spend some time EQ'ing more than necissary and it's (usually) not going to sound very good. Another thing I must point out -- is that environment really means alot. If you are in a noisy place (A.C sound, Computer Fan, next to a window facing the outside world) then you're going to want a dynamic, or a good uni-directional mic. One of my prized mics is this $1,000 B.L.U.E blueberry mic, it's amazing, but when I first got it (before I moved it to the studio) I tested it in my room, and it picked up the computer fan, AC, and some birds chirping a block away. My vocals sounded great, but there was all that fuzzy noise, buzzing, and the chirping.. I tried it again in the studio and it sounds like a dream, shit, I wish my voice sounded that good all the time =o) Anyways, I'm just bored, and tomorrow is my dullest-day in a long time, all I have to do is wait for the Bell South guy to connect the phone/fax line in my Studio.