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The Best Dynamic Microphones for Vocals & More

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Pros
Cons
Best of the Best
Electro-Voice
RE-20
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This is the mic that nearly all radio D.J.'s use to get that smooth radio voice. This is due to its pronounced proximity effect that enhances the bass.
Pros
Perfect for males & females who sing in their lower registers, or vocalists who want to have a more dominant & confident sound.
Cons
Using the roll-off switch plus the proximity effect means you'll need to take a little extra care when mixing the bass regions of these tracks.
Best Bang for the Buck
Shure
SM7B
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Known for being the main vocal mic on Michael Jackson's Thriller record, the best selling record of all time. Used for many of his hit singles after that as well.
Pros
Extremely flat response except the desired presence boost. Low frequency roll-off switch. Built in wind screen, pop filter, & internal shock mount.
Cons
While you can use this mic on any source & get fantastic results, it's frequency response is really built with vocals in mind.
Best Budget Pick
Shure
SM57
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Often called the 'industry workhorse' because it lasts forever, sounds good on any source, and grows in quality as it's paired with better preamps.
Pros
As you improve your signal chain in general, the quality of this mic's recordings grow to a seemingly unlimited potential. In this way it can rival far more expensive mics.
Cons
In the same vein, unlocking its full potential requires you to continue to upgrade other components in your studio, mainly the preamplifier.

The best dynamic microphone for vocals or any other recording application can't be determined by price or opinion. Sometimes we need a cheap option when constrained by budget and need to look at which shine for our particular sound source. At other times, money isn't a problem. But when you get to the top range they can all be deemed the best and it depends on which flavor of "best" you prefer...

TL;DR - Best Bang for the Buck: Shure SM7B - Best Overall: Electro-Voice RE-20