Aye-G’s weapon of choice when producing beats. The Native Instrumens Maschine Mikro MKII is a great tool to start producing with. This controller only works when plugged into to the computer through the Maschine software. It is small so it is very easy to transport and is very affordable. Click the link below to learn more on their official website.
“In a departure from its normally application-specific designs, Blue engineered the Bluebird to be as versatile as possible. Designed for applications ranging from vocals and electric and acoustic guitars, to close-miking of drums, drum overheads, percussion, piano, horns, and strings, virtually any application is enhanced by the Bluebird’s crystal-clear sound. In addition to the microphone itself, the Bluebird includes a specially designed shockmount and metal mesh pop filter. No matter your sound, the complete Bluebird package offers today’s musician an astounding recording experience— all in one nest!”
This is also another mic i prefer to use. The Blue Bird has never failed to impress me while tracking out vocals. At the low price of $299 I truly think this is a great investment for engineers on a budget.
(Mic seen in the video with Aye-G in A.M.G. Studios
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The Manley mic is my favorite mic out right now and it is the one that I currently use to record on. Here is an article from the lovely people of Manley.
“The Reference Cardioid Microphone shares the same electronic attributes as the Gold Reference Series, but has a center-fixed cardioid-only capsule with a thicker gauge (6 micron) gold sputtered diaphragm. With the similar film thickness and construction, similar high frequency resonance (a little edge), similar proximity effect and pretty good immunity from pops and sibilance problems, our Reference Cardioid more closely recalls how many of the vintage European tube mics such as the beloved U47 sounded like when they were new. Its rich tonal balance and liquid character is consistently admired for instruments such as guitars, drum overheads, saxophone, and especially vocals. With your present mic, if you find yourself leaning on your compressors and boosting 5 or 10K to score a bit more testosterone, then the Reference Cardioid just might be the mic you’re looking for to cure what ails ya. If you seem to be constantly boosting 12-18K and trying to get a clean, intimate sound, then probably the Reference Gold would be the safest bet.”
From first hand experience I can truly say this is my favorite mic to record on. It captures so much more than your normal mic and the clarity is unbelievable.