Best Mics for Recording Over Rap Beats


You've found the perfect beats for sale and are ready to start recording your vocals. Any artist will tell you one of the most important bits of kit for recording hip hop and rap beats is actually the mic. You want them to sound as good as they can, but at the same time you donít want to be spend hundreds of dollars.

One of the most important tips to remember, especially when you're recording your music is that whatever microphone you purchase - it must have a good POP Filter on it. You donít need to be massively choosy which one you buy, just make sure you do have one. It cuts out a lot of hissing, background noise and annoying sounds that can ruin an otherwise pretty sick beat.

Here are three of the best mics to think about going for when youíre laying your hip hop album:

Apex 440

This is probably one of the cheaper ones on the market, but by no means bad quality. Itís a USB mic, which makes it really useful for those with home studios and it can also help anyone who is recording in less than ideal circumstances, as it has a brilliant low frequency roll off filter that can help clean up imperfect vocals.

Rode NT1A

The Rode NT1A is a great mic if clarity is your bag and you want your vocals to sound slightly less grimy than the norm. This is perhaps not the best choice to go for if youíre a rapper who has a slightly louder technique or style, but is still worth considering.

Audio-Technica AT4040

Another great mic to consider if youíre recording in surroundings that arenít particularly perfect, yet you want professional quality. Like the Apex it comes with a good quality low frequency filter than helps to cancel out any hissing or popping noises.

A couple of final points

If youíre just starting out, then you might be as well to just think about going for a simple condenser mic as a starting point. These can be picked up cheaper than most of the mics mentioned above and on the secondary market if need be.

Finally, you might want to consider the room youíre recording in before you buy your mic. Make sure youíve something to absorb as much reverb as possible. Even if itís literally something cheap and cheerful like heavy drapes. This can make all the difference to your mic recordings.

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