Best Condenser Mic – 5 Great Mics Under $500

Best Condenser Microphones – 5 Great Mics Under 500Looking for a great condenser microphone that is also affordable?  Finding one that features warmth, sensitivity, and low noise can be difficult, especially if you are on a budget.  However, there are five mics that have all of these qualities plus more, and they’re all under $500. At the bottom of the page you can demo videos on several of the mics. Also please feel free to leave your comments at the bottom of the page, so that we can compile a nice selection of user reviews for these mics.

1) The AKG C 3000 B Mic Condenser
This condenser mic is built to be taken on the road, used excessively, and still function just like new.  Its gold-coated capsule uses both large diaphragm and micro transducer technology to produce the best sounds possible.  It has a 6dB low frequency cut, a range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and an integrated windscreen. An acoustically optimized cardiod polar pattern makes the C 3000 B a great choice for both home and studio applications where high gain before feedback is required.

AKG Shock Mount H 85 for C414B 414 C3000B C3000 C4000B XLS XLII C2000B
AKG Shock Mount H 85 for C414B 414 C3000B C3000 C4000B XLS XLII C2000B $99.00
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2) Audix CX-212 Multi-Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
The Audix CX-212 features three polar patterns: figure 8, omni-directional, and cardioid.  Its frequency response goes from 30 Hz to 20 kHz, and it has a bass roll-off filter that helps eliminate hum and rumble in the lower frequencies.  It also features low noise preamp circuitry and can handle sound pressure levels of up to 132 dB.  This is a great condenser mic for strings, acoustics, vocals, and ensembles.

Audix CX212B Multi Pattern Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
Audix CX212B Multi Pattern Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone $399.00
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3) Blue Baby Bottle Microphone
It might have a strange name, but this handcrafted, solid-state discrete condenser mic features a gold-sputtered capsule located inside a lollipop grille.  It uses a fixed cardoid pattern and has a frequency response of between 20Hz and 20kHz.  The Blue Baby Bottle mic is perfect for vocals, percussion, and acoustic instruments.

Blue Mic BABY BOTTLE Condenser Microphone Complete Set w Shock Mount
Blue Mic BABY BOTTLE Condenser Microphone Complete Set w Shock Mount $289.00
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4) Groove Tubes GT57 Mic Condenser
The Groove Tubes GT57 Mic Condenser is one of the most versatile large capsule mics available.  It features a 3 micron gold evaporated Mylar diaphragm that allows it to make use of the highest frequencies to add depth and detail to its sound.  It has three polar patterns for flexibility in recording and uses a pattern selection switch and a dual sided capsule to create optional figure 8 and omni patterns.  It’s good for both instrument and vocals.

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5) Shure KSM32/CG Cardiod Studio Condenser Mic
Last but not least, the KSM32/CG uses a transformerless preamp to avoid creating distortion.  It features a three-state pop-protection grille and internal shockmount system to prevent noise.  This mic has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, and it has a 15dB attenuation switch that can handle high SPLs.

Shure KSM32 Windscreen 5 pack Value Bundle
Shure KSM32 Windscreen 5 pack Value Bundle $55.20
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