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Jan-Vidar Tandberg Bakke

    Hi, again guys,

    Thank you for some excellent answers. You opened my eyes to even more brands than what I had been looking at so far. I am kind of surprised none of the ones I have been looking at has shown up. So maybe I have been looking at the wrong places for advice. 🙂

    To be honest, I have just been watching a lot of Youtube videos trying to find the right mic. It's hard to know which videos are sponsored. So I struggle to know which ones to trust. Let me tell you about the microphones that have come up so that I can get some feedback on how these will do as well.

    1. Shure SM7B: I guess there is no surprise that this pops up. If I'm not mistaken, this is a dynamic microphone. What triggered me on this one was that it doesn't catch much noise in the room. So this would solve my computer-fan issue. So many people recommend it. But I have a feeling the internet is polluted with reviews on this mic. So that word of mouth has made it gone viral. Do you have any pro-tips regarding this? From the clips I have heard, it sounds great.

    2. Røde K2: This mic came up in one of my searches as a microphone that has the qualities of much more expensive mic's.

    3. Neuman TLM 103. The most expensive Neuman I think I can afford. Is it worth it?

    4. AKG C414 XLS: Just heard good things about it.

    Ok, so I guess this is a wide range of microphones. And it will probably tell how little I know about mics. But still, I would know if any of these are great and recommended.


    The thing is, when I try to listen to all of these microphones, I struggle to tell which one is bad and which one is excellent. The only thing I know is that the microphone that I will buy now will be my mic for a long time.

    About the Lewitt LCT 640 TS. I'm automatically getting skeptical when a microphone can do so many different things. It makes me wonder what the drawback is. Is it good at all of the modes, or is it mediocre (seen from the price range)?

    I also saw in the thread from Magnus Johansson some talk about pre-amps. Do I need this after a while? I thought my audio interface had it? But I guess having a separate pre-amp is better?

    Sorry for all the newbie questions. But that's why I signed up for this. I want to learn from experienced people.

    Thank you in advance!