When you operate a rap studio out of your home like the rest of us, you’re probably not working with tons of cashola. That doesn’t mean you need to work with garbage to get your tracks recorded, though. Below is a short list of the best cheap microphones for rap vocals under 100 dollars.
Cost: about 100 USD
This Shure dynamic has a 4.5-star rating on Amazon with around 400 reviews.
It has a uniform cardioid pickup pattern to isolate the rapper while also reducing background noise.
It has a rich vocal pickup, but also boasts professional-quality sound reproduction for drum, percussion, and instrument amplifier miking, so you can use this for laying down live music, not just your rapper.
It’s a beast, too, and can take a beating if your artists tend to be a little hard on your equipment.
Cost: 75 USD
Cheaper (but more fragile) than the above Shure, the MXL 770 is also a great pickup solution.
It’s a multi-purpose condenser microphone you can use for vocals, pianos, stringed instruments, and percussion, but you probably won’t want to lay down booming live bass with it.
Its patented design allows for low frequency roll-off to reduce unwanted rumble, and has a low-noise FET preamp with a balanced, transformerless output.
Cost: about 30 USD
This Pyle is a dynamic vocal mic with a classic, retro, vintage style. It has a sponge pop screen behind that grill and is built for ultra-wide freq response / high-signal output, which is gobbledygook for you use it for vocals and not much else.
This narrow (but respectable) capability means you can pick one up for under 50 bucks, easy, and it will come with a 15′ XLR cable, too. Not too shabby. And let’s face it — it’s super cool.
Cost: about 40 USD
For ten dollars more than the above retro mic, you can own one of the industry standards for vocal input.
This Shure has a tailored microphone cartridge design specifically for clarity in the standard frequency range of speech, so it’s very well suited to hip hop vocal recording. Again like the equally affordable Pyle, however, you’re probably not going to want to record instruments with it.
It has a cardioid polar pattern to pick up audio from the source while rejecting unwanted noise, and true to Shure style, it’s got an industrial design that helps it endure accidental violence. You can also get this with or without an accompanying cable.