The V63m is a good all around option for someone just starting out. It’s got a nice sound for a variety of studio applications such as vocals, instruments, pod-casting, and voice over work in general. There are a lot of folks out there saying you could put this up next to a much more expensive microphone and not hear a difference. It also is said to be a great option for a range of different instruments, because of the clarity.
Great clarity. Responsive and crisp, with nice lows.
Very Durable. A reviewer on Musicians friend said he dropped it from a pretty decent height and it survived admirably 😛
Versatile. Great for vocals and instruments.
Great for pod-casts, as the mic takes an ordinary voice and sort of makes it way more masculine and bold.
Vocal applications may need a bit of EQ’ing to get the desired result.
This is a large-diaphragm condenser microphone. Large diaphragm vs. Small diaphragm. It is very sensitive to sound, so a treated room is ideal. If you’re wondering what a “treated” entails, you can pretty much just Jerry-rig your own and it will be adequate. Check out my article on Acoustic Sound Treatment!
To ensure the best possible recording, set up your space in a quiet area if possible, away from ambient noise, fans, high traffic areas, windows, etc. Use a small space such as a closet, and line the walls with Acoustic Studio Foam, or even an old comforter. Anything that will block outside noise from coming in. If you’re really on a budget, you could even drape a comforter over your melon and record underneath it. It sound ridiculous, but it actually works!
This microphone (and many condensers, if not all) benefit greatly from a pop filter.
Great results at an affordable price. Be forewarned though, this may not be the mic for you long term. It is great to start out with, but I did see some complaints a long the way: Here are some, and they are all different incidents from different people:
muffled recording after a year and a half.
after a couple months, one user had to crank up the gain on his interface to get it loud enough.
A beast of a mic, some people are saying that this performs just as well as a Nuemann U87, which is a bold statement considering that microphone costs an arm and a leg. People are shocked when they receive a mic that excels so well at such an affordable price point. This is one of those cases. It does far better than it’s price would indicate, and does extremely well with instrument recordings in particular.
Keep in mind that this is a large diaphragm cardioid condenser mic, meaning it picks up sound from one direction (the front).
Transparent, warm, and clear, and neutral duplication of sound.
Good for voice over, vocals, and acoustic instruments.
Hefty and solid.
Great for instrument recordings, as it picks up a wide variety of pitch.
Unique and clean sound.
Natural and transparent.
Worth way more than the price tag.
May pick up some sound behind the mic.
Mic holder and plastic ring that come with it feel cheap, one reviewer noted that he may have to upgrade to a real shock mount in the future.
A little bright at the top end.
A couple of reviewers noted that theirs fell apart/stopped working properly after a year or 2.
Check out the video review!
Who this mic benefits?
It does great with instruments as mentioned earlier. It also works extremely well as an all purpose mic.
If you want to record quickly without EQ, this mics raw output sounds fantastic!
What you will need?
This thing picks up a lot of ambient noise, so make sure you set up your studio space as best you can before recording. Turn off any fans, air conditioners, and computers in nearby rooms to minimize distractions. Also pray that no one starts mowing the lawn, or taking a huge dump while you’re in the middle of screaming into this bad boy. 😀
Make sure you have a sequencing program to record your vocals or else nothing will happen. Your CPU will register that a device is connected but nothing else! Audacity works great for starting out!
Mic Stand, Pop filter, and Shock-mount (optional).
A great mic in just about every instance, and sounds incredible especially for the price! I couldn’t believe that type of sound came from this cheap mic after watching the video. May be a little bright at the top end, and some reviewers said theirs broke down after extended use (1-2 years). Overall it’s quite a steal at it’s price point.
Similarities & Differences
Both are cardioid condenser mics, and require 48v Phantom power to operate.
Both are made by MXL.
Both excel in similar applications.
Color & Aesthetic. The V67G has a really vintage feel to it, while the V63M is pretty standard looking. Teal/Gold vs. Black.
Sound. The reviews on the V67G are more plentiful and less wishy washy than the V63M. The overall sound is a lot better, and the consensus is an overwhelmingly positive one, which leads me to my:
I think it’s obvious which of these to go with. The V67G gets my top endorsement hands down. The sound is extremely crisp and clear, and it does well in a variety of studio applications. A few people have compared it favorably to the Nuemann U87, and even said it sounds better and warmer to them. Very interesting indeed.
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