Top 10 – Our Top Pics for Deep Male Voices

Before we start with our list I would like to mention that all of the microphones mentioned below are condenser mics, since dynamic microphones are not able to capture frequencies below 100Hz.

#1: AKG C414 XLII

Pros:

  • The vocal quality is excellent – crystal clear and suitable for deep male voices.
  • The mic is very sturdy and made to be used in studios.
  • It has a nice design and you will look good holding it.

The AKG C414 XLII is the most expensive microphone of this top 10. It is an outstanding large diaphragm condenser mic with one of the best features are its nine polar patterns which allows you to choose the best setting for every recording environment.

Its capsule also lets you choose between two directional characteristic, omnidirectional and figure eight. The latter is perfect to record guitar amps or room sound. Finally, it provides you with two high pass filters, one at 75Hz, the other at 12dB per octave.

The frequency response of this mic goes up to 20 kHz and its maximum SPL is 156 dB. It comes in silver and black color variants and is also available in a newer version, the C414 XLII-S.

Features:

  1. Nine polar patterns
  2. Two high pass filters
  3. Frequency response of 20 kHz
  4. Maximum SPL of 156 dB

#2: Neumann TLM 102

Pros:

  • An affordable and great mic for deep male voices
  • A very sturdy and reliable mic
  • Omni-directional pick-up pattern and a nice design with all the necessary features – bass cut, attenuation pad, and low-cut filter.

The Neumann TLM 102 is more affordable than the AKG C414 XLII. Even though it’s one of the most popular studio microphones, especially when it comes to recording rich vocals. It’s a side-address cardioid condenser microphone with a fixed cardioid pattern and is able to capture frequencies from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz.

The Neumann TLM 102 offers a wide dynamic range of 130 dB and a maximum SPL of 144 dB. Like the AKG C414 XLII, it also features two high pass filters, one at 80 Hz and another one at 12 dB per octave.

This mic is in our top 10 because of its low self-noise (17 dB), the highest you can find on a large diaphragm condenser mic. It will result in crystal clear recordings. There are no cons to mention about this mic, it’s really well done and is one of the bests microphones for recording deep male voices.

Features:

  • Side-address cardioid condenser microphone
  • Fixed cardioid pattern
  • Frequency response from 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Maximum SPL of 144 dB

#3: Audio-Technica AT4033/CL

Pros:

  • It’s an affordable, sturdy and reliable mic with great features.
  • A very good option for deep male voices.
  • The Audio-Technica AT4033/CL is also an outstanding large diaphragm condenser microphone with a fixed cardioid pattern and side address.

If you’re looking for a condenser microphone with a slightly higher price/quality ration, Audio-Technica is the right brand for you. This mic offers great features and it’s not as expensive as the most of our top 10.

The frequency range goes from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz and its maximum SPL handling is 145 dB. It also comes in silver and black color variants. The Audio-Technica AT4033/CL has a very flat frequency response and offers lots of headroom.

The mic is great for both vocals and acoustic instruments, but here we’re going to focus on the latter. In our experience, this microphone was especially suitable for recording guitar amps due to its high SPL handling capability as well as its flat frequency response.

Features:

  • Vocals Mic forragm CondenserFixed cardioid pattern
  • Side address
  • Frequency response from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz
  • Maximum SPL of 145 dB   (145 dB)

#4: Neumann U 87 Ai

Pros:

  • A very good choice for deep male voice as well as vocals. Professional microphone with a lot of cool features.

The Neumann U 87 Ai is another outstanding large diaphragm condenser mic from the German brand that for sure has been around since the first half of the 20th century. It’s a side-address mic with an omnidirectional pick-up pattern, which is very useful in many recording situations.

This microphone has two bass roll off switches located at the bottom of its body and it comes in black color variant only. Its features include a low impedance design, which basically means that you don’t have to use a matching transformer with it.

Since this mic is a condenser microphone, you’ll need 48 volts of phantom power from the audio interface or preamp in order for it to operate. A reason why we put U 87 on our top 10 list is because of its wide frequency response range which goes from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz, and a maximum SPL of 138 dB.

The price/performance ratio is great when it comes to this mic and you can actually buy it even if your budget is on the low side. This model also positions itself as one of the best microphones for recording deep male voice.

Features:

  • Side address Omnidirectional
  • pick-up pattern
  • Low impedance design
  • Frequency response from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz
  • Maximum SPL of 138 dB   (138 dB)

#5: M-Audio Nova Blackout MK III

Pros:

  • This is a good option for recording vocals as well as deep male voice.
  • 1 year warranty

The M-Audio Nova Blackout MK III is a large diaphragm condenser microphone with side-address design. M-Audio is known for its wide range of studio equipment, starting from MIDI controllers to audio interfaces and microphones.

This is a very intriguing microphone due to its special construction. The diaphragm membranes are made of aluminum and the mic’s body is made of anodized aluminium, too.

The frequency response goes from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz and you can choose between three different color variants: white/chrome, black/chrome and titanium. The frequency boost is especially interesting as it provides a slight emphasis in the 1-8 kHz range, which is very useful for capturing a clear and present voice.

The M-Audio Nova Blackout MK III comes with a shock mount and a metal pop filter. Great value for money, this large diaphragm condenser microphone is great option for recording deep male voices.

Features:

  • Side address Condenser
  • Large diaphragm Aluminum/anodized aluminium
  • Frequency response from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz
  • Maximum SPL of 135 dB   (135 dB)

#6: CAD GXL2200 Large Diaphragm Side-Address Cardioid Condenser Mic

Pros:

  • Very good value for money. You can’t expect much more, given the price range in which it’s available. It’s a large diaphragm condenser microphone with side-address design.

CAD GXL2200 is one of the best microphones for recording deep male voice because of its frequency range, which goes from 30 Hz up to 20 kHz and it can handle high sound pressure levels coming out of the loudspeakers.

Even though this is a side-address microphone, CAD GXL2200 has an internal shock mount that reduces handling noise. The mic’s body is made of plastic, but its grille looks very sleek.

Great value for money, this large diaphragm condenser microphone is great option for recording deep male voices. You should definitely grab this mic, if you’re looking for a great studio microphone that doesn’t cause a big hole in your wallet.

Features:

  • Large diaphragm Cardioid
  • Side address Condenser
  • Frequency response from 30 Hz up to 20 kHz
  • Maximum SPL of 127 dB   (127 dB)

#7: Audix SCX1a

Pros:

If you’re looking for good studio microphone at an affordable price, the Audix SCX1a is a great choice. Among its main features, we can find a cardioid polar pattern and a very high SPL rating of more than 145 dB. This means that this large diaphragm capacitor microphone can handle extreme sound pressure levels without distorting or breaking down.

It comes with an internal pop filter and a metal mesh grill. The mic’s body is made of cast zinc, which makes it extremely durable and reliable. The frequency response goes from 20 Hz up to 18 kHz and the capacitor membranes are gold-plated for enhancing signal transmission accuracy.

This large diaphragm condenser microphone has a very modern look and an attractive design. The casing is made of aluminum and its grille looks very durable. If you’re looking for buying studio microphone for low budget, the Audio-Technica AT2020 is definitely your best choice.

Features:

  • Large diaphragm Side address Condenser
  • Cardioid Polar pattern
  • Frequency response from 20 Hz up to 18 kHz
  • Maximum SPL of 144 dB    (144dB)

#8: AT2035

Pros:

The Audio-Technica AT2035 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone with cardioid pick-up pattern. It has a wide frequency range and it can handle sound pressure levels that go up to 144 dB SPL without distorting or breaking down.

It comes with an internal pop filter, a thread adapter that allows installation on mic stands or booms and a pivoting stand mount that provides flexibility when recording. It has no pads or filters for reducing sensitivity to P-pops, but its cardioid polar pattern is very good at suppressing unwanted noise.

The AT2035 has a metal wire mesh grill that looks like it can take quite some abuse, without sustaining any damage to the mic’s delicate parts. The casing is made-up of aluminum alloy and its grille looks very durable.

It comes with an internal shock mount to reduce vibrations and handling noise. The microphone’s body is made of cast zinc and its grille looks very sleek. The Audio-Technica AT2035 is a good value for money, given the features included in this mic’s price range. It’s one of the best microphones for recording deep male voice on the market right now, because it has a cardioid pick-up pattern that suppress P-pops and it can handle high sound pressure levels without distorting.

Features:

  • Large diaphragm Side address Condenser
  • Cardioid Pick-up pattern
  • Frequency response from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz
  • Maximum SPL of 144 dB    (144dB)

#9: Rode NT1-A

The Rode NT1-A is a large diaphragm condenser microphone with cardioid polar pattern. It has a frequency response from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz and it can handle sound pressure levels that go beyond 144 dB SPL without distorting or breaking down.

It comes with an internal shock mount to reduce vibrations and handling noise, a pop filter and a metal wire mesh grill. The mic’s body is completely made of metal and it has an attractive vintage design.

If you’re looking for buying studio microphone for recording deep male voices, the Rode NT1-A is one of the best options on the market right now. It has a cardioid pick-up pattern that helps to reduce P-pops and an extended frequency response.

It comes with external power supply for powering the mic’s electronics, but you can also use it with +48V Phantom Power. The NT1-A is a great option if you’re looking for recording deep male voices in your home or professional studio.

Features:

  • Large diaphragm Side address Condenser
  • Cardioid Pick-up pattern
  • Frequency response from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz
  • Maximum SPL of 144 dB    (144dB)

#10: ATR 2100-USB

Pros:

  • The best USB microphone for deep male voices
  • Great value for money

The ATR 2100-USB is a small diaphragm condenser microphone with cardioid pick-up pattern. It has USB connection, so you can use it straight out of the box with your music or speech recording software.

It comes with an adjustable desk stand that allows you to position the mic in any way that suits your needs and a pop filter that improves performance and reduces P-pop noises. The ATR 2100-USB has no pads or filters for reducing sensitivity to P-pops, but it does have high SPL handling capabilities.

Its cardioid pick-up pattern helps to suppress unwanted noise from the sides of the microphone. If you’re looking for buying a solid and reliable USB microphone for recording deep male voices, the ATR 2100-USB is a great option to take into consideration.

Features:

  • Small diaphragm Side address Condenser
  • Cardioid Pick-up pattern
  • Frequency response from 50 Hz up to 16 kHz
  • Max SPL of 120 dB (120)

#10: MXL 990

The MXL 990 is a large diaphragm condenser microphone with cardioid polar pattern. It has a frequency response from 30 Hz up to 20 kHz and it comes with Pad and Filter switches that allow reducing the mic’s sensitivity to P-pops or wind noise without attenuating high frequencies.

It comes with a shock mount to reduce vibrations and handling noise, as well as with a metal wire mesh grill. The MXL 990 has no pad or filter switches for reducing sensitivity to P-pops, but it does have high SPL handling capabilities.

It’s one of the cheapest microphones you can buy for recording deep male voices from home or studio. It has a cardioid pick-up pattern that helps to reduce P-pops and an extended frequency response.

If you’re looking for buying studio microphone for recording deep male voices, the MXL 990 is great option to consider. It has no pad or filters switches, but it does have high SPL handling capabilities without distorting.

Features:

  • Large diaphragm Side address Condenser
  • Cardioid Pick-up pattern
  • Frequency response from 30 Hz up to 20 kHz
  • Max SPL of 123 dB (143)    -10dB Pad, -20dB High filter

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What You Should Know Before Purchasing a Mic for Deep Male Vocals

It is important to remember that a microphone does not add anything to a voice. A microphone just records what it is fed with. If your sound engineer doesn’t have time for proper sound treatment, the recording will be bad regardless of what mic you use.

The smaller the diaphragm in a dynamic cardioid microphone, the more detail it captures. Flagship dynamic cardioid microphones like the Shure SM7B and Sennheiser MD421 II can capture a lot of detail, but depending on your voice you might find them too revealing. If this is the case, try using a large-diaphragm microphone.

A microphone which boosts high frequencies is often said to “add sparkle” to the voice, but it’s more likely that your mix engineer will try to filter out those high frequencies when he,’s polishing your sound. If you are worried about the details of your voice being lost in the end result, try picking a microphone with a flat frequency response or one which has a gentle low-frequency roll-off.

Complex frequencies in a vocal recording need to be unambiguously defined, or your mix engineer will get confused when processing them. If you are working with an engineer who knows what he’s doing, pick a microphone with an extended frequency response (without any peaks).

If you want to be sure that your sound will be adjusted in the way you want, or if you’re working with an engineer who doesn’t know as much about equalization as you do yourself (which can happen), use a microphone without any peaks and put your trust in the engineer.

You Should Avoid Microphones That Adds Too Much Color

You might choose to pick a microphone that sounds slightly different from what people expect instead of always using the same microphone. For example: if people expect a deep voice to sound warm and bassy, try using a bright sounding mic for variety. That way they won’t tune out when you record your voice.

Some microphones add coloration even without boosting frequencies; the most notable case in point is vintage tube microphones which add warmth and smoothness to your sound. If you want to avoid those, try avoiding vintage tube microphones .

Some mics come with a shockmount and pop filter built into the price. Although professional sound engineers usually prefer external pop filters, this might be helpful to you if you’re not used to setting up the mic and stand yourself. Otherwise it might just end up as unnecessary clutter.

Some microphones have a wide, flat frequency response which is designed to help them capture the full range of the vocal range in a mix. This might be useful if you’re not sure what your voice sounds like or if you plan on sharing the audio with a lot of people that prefer different kinds of sound (e.g., for music).

If you plan on recording with a microphone and speakers instead of headphones, try to pick a microphone that does not add too much coloration. This way the sound you hear while recording will be closer to how it sounds when you play it back.

If your voice is very nasal (you can tell by singing “ee” and listening for the dong sound), try picking a microphone with some sort of voice-dependent filtering. That way you can still be heard clearly after the filtering takes its effect.

Some microphones are designed to capture the natural resonance of the human body and add warmth at lower frequencies as a result. This might be useful if your voice sounds good in your chest and bad in your head.

How to Capture Deep Male Voices in Your Home Studio

If you don’t have a dedicated vocal booth, at least make sure that the room is not echoey. If you can hear the neighbors next door through the walls, turn off any fans or air conditioners and keep pets away from the microphone.

If you’re recording at home, always record vocals when no one is home to create a more relaxed, less stressful environment for both the singer and the engineer. Always record vocalists with the largest diaphragm condenser mic you can find that sounds good on their voice.

You might end up having to resort to a large diaphragm condenser mic if you’re recording more than one voice at the same time. If that’s the case, try to find a way of minimizing phase cancellation between all mics, such as placing the vocalists on top of each other so they face in opposite directions or avoiding similar colors and angles when mounting them on their stands.

Where should the microphone be positioned in the room?

In a professional recording studio with a good engineer, the vocalist’s proximity to the microphone (e.g., tip of the nose vs mouth or even breathing into it) will not make too much of a difference in volume. This is because any volume change due to proximity will be compensated for by using gain -compression to bring up quiet sections and limit loud sections.

On the other hand, using a large diaphragm condenser microphone with too much gain and not enough compression will result in distortion . So if you’re recording deep male voices at home, try to position yourself as close as possible without distorting or sounding nasally (which means that your cheeks should touch the microphone) and without screaming (which means that your mouth should not be three feet away from it, even when screaming).

Keep in mind that if you’re always too close to the mic, you will sound like a baby and might end up losing some of the lower frequencies. To compensate for this:

  • Use EQ cut instead of EQ boost. Reduce the high end of your mix instead of boosting it.
  • Use a large diaphragm condenser microphone with a flat frequency response .
  • If necessary, use a low-pass filter to remove any unwanted top frequencies before you record them. Then bring those frequencies back in postproduction to simulate bass and warmth without the added noise

If you’re recording more than one voice at the same time, make sure they sound as close to each other as possible. This is especially important if the voices are not coming from different directions as with a group of singers or rappers . In that case we recommend using cardioid microphones or multiple mics in cardioid configuration (i.e., a mic pointing to the left and one to the right).