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Top 5 Live Mics Reviewed in VoiceCouncil Magazine

These 5 live mics have hit the top ratings for those we’ve reviewed thus far.

To save you time reading through all of our reviews, we have compiled a list of the highest rated live mics that we’ve looked at so far.

Shure Beta 58

Mic Rating: 5/5

Price: $159 (US), £142 (UK)

Manufacturer’s Website: Shure

Review Link: Shure Beta 58

Review Excerpt: “It is no wonder that many professionals are moving from their SM to their Beta 58s”

TC-Helicon MP-75

Mic Rating: 4.5/5

Price: $169 (US), £129 (UK)

Manufacturer’s Website: TC-Helicon

Review link: TC-Helicon MP-75

Review Excerpt: “the TC-Helicon MP-75 microphone produces a particularly rich vocal sound”


Mic Rating: 4.5/5

Price: $99 (US), £65 (US)

Manufacturer’s Website: AKG

Review Link: AKG D5

Review Excerpt: “with a street-price of around £50, it is a mightily impressive microphone”

Sennheiser e835

Mic Rating: 5/5

Price: $99 (US), £65 (US)

Manufacturer’s Website: Sennheiser

Review Link: Sennheiser e835

Review Excerpt: “if you are looking for your first live vocal microphone, the Sennheiser e835 is definitely also worth trying out”

NOTE: The e835 is also available with “mic control”, allowing you to control TC-Helicon effects units from the microphone.

Shure Beta 87a

Mic Rating: 4.5/5

Price: $249 (US), £229 (UK)

Manufacturer’s Website: Shure

Review Link: Shure Beta 87a

Review Excerpt: “the Shure Beta 87A is an excellent vocal microphone that is well worth the investment if you are looking for top audio quality on stage”

Chris Kennedy is the principal product reviewer for voicecouncil.com. Chris is a musician in the United Kingdom – you can see more about his work at www.chriskennedymusic.co.uk You can also see more articles by Chris here.

  • Dan Becker

    I am looking for good, honest feedback on two mics. The Shure 58 and the Sennheiser e835. I am being pressured to get one, but I prefer the other. The issues are sound quality and feedback. Any one out there who has used both have a preference, and why?

  • Chris

    They’re both great mics. I generally find that the 58 suits my low male voice better than the e835 – however the e835 often sounds better on female voices. It’s not a dramatic difference between the two however and there is also a version of the e835 with “mic control” if you use any TC-Helicon products, which might help sway you in that direction. I’ve used both mics in a live setting and neither have any particular problems with feedback unless you set your PA up incorrectly. So, if I were you I’d try both out pick the one that suits your voice the best and you’re most comfortable using.

  • KimarieSings

    If you are referring to the SM58 then I can say without hesitation…get the Sennheiser!! IMO the 58’s are only the industry standards because of their durability and reliability. As for using them for a live vocal mic, I think they are one of the worst on the market. They are never crisp, they do not cut through the mix, and even when speaking the tone is so muddy it is almost impossible to understand what is being said over ambient noise. The e835 is a wonderful live vocal mic for it’s price point, and far and away the better choice for vocals, for female vocals it is an absolute MUST!

  • Poppa Madison

    I got hold of a SHURE PG58 for $10 from a guy who used it for Travel commentary as a driver on his coach tours in New Zealand.
    Since I bought my TC Helicon Voice Live Play GTX, I have tried using it with different Mics including, dynamic, electrec and some expensive condenser types.

    Guess what? The rarely heard of SHURE PG58 gives the best vocal results every time, and has become my mainstay microphone for all recordings put to Disc and Mp3.

    If you find one…………..GRAB IT !


  • Thomas

    I use a 835 wired and wireless (depending on venue). They provide very warm sounding vocals and I love mine. You can get feedback if you have stage monitors at 45 degree angles towards you. I use iem so there is little chance of that.

  • Fino

    A mic that should have been included in this test. EV767a..

  • fubar_saunders

    …. and the Neumann KMS105. :-)

  • Chris

    The list is of the top 5 mics we had reviewed so far. We reviewed the KMS 105 after this article was published, but it would certainly be in the list if we did it now. :)

  • Mattias

    I’d love to see a shootout between the top live condensers like the KSM105, Shure KSM9, Milab LSR-3000, DPA d:fine etc.

  • y001Thomas Grim

    I agree

  • y001Thomas Grim

    Both mics are decent however the 835 sounds more clear with also decent feedback rejection. Also consider the AKG. D5 an excellent mic selling for 60 bucks on Amazon now.

  • Anvil

    I have the SHURE beta 58, and it rocks! After trying a myriad of mikes at a local store, some 3x the price….I kept going back to it, and it’s great to see it on the list! I was using an older Sennheiser, that sounded O.K. but lacked the “OOOMMMPH” and tones of the SHURE, whether we play a small venue, or a larger one, it delivers EVERY time….PEACE ALL!!!!

  • Patriot

    Both mics are great and almost the same, but to tell you the truth, e835 is better any day any time especially in terms of sound quality and feedback rejection.

  • keith

    I bought a few MP70’s (I presume the same as MP75’s without the switches) on sale….the price was right and I do love TC stuff (got lots of it, love it all). I smacked the MP70 into the VL3 (the best piece of gear for vocalists ever), sounded thin and distant, even when my lips were on top of the mic. Not really bad though. A/B’d it with my fave, the Audix OM-5, and it was no comparison, full-sweet- warm-natural. So, if someone I don’t know or is abusive towards mics, needs a mic I’ll pass the MP70, it’s built like a battleship and sure seems like it can take the hits, sound reasonably good for its price, and not worry about messing up my nice OM-5’s.

  • Anthony Edwards

    I have a voice which goes from screaming rock to crooning jazz. Which mic can handle both forceful and still be able to pick up softer sounds without distorting or deteriorating?

  • Chris

    Beta87a is my baby. It makes the best I can do so much better. I got mine for 159.99 on ebay as a demo unit. It was brand new. I think the seller just found a way around the MSRP. Its perfect. Way better than the SM58 and even beta58 which I bought and returned. I just ordered a Super 55 and am wondering if I will ever use it lol.

  • Chris

    SM58 and D5. Just jazz would be beta58 or Beta87. Dont scream into those though!! 😭

  • mello kash

    i done open mics and lot of the microphones go in and out…. i wanted to invest in my own wireless microphone so when i performed i would have my own instead of a beat up venue microphone…. i have a edgy type voice.. rap style.. does anyone know a good microphone to go with????

  • Anthony Edwards


  • Sless Terry

    The best mic I have used for Live is beyerdynamic tgx 80 but can’t get one I’ve had 2 and replaced the grill and insert foam.. Why would they discontinue.. And is there an alternative.. It is super rich with loads of warm bottom end and mega for higher register
    Terry Slesser

  • alj

    I have had TGX80 it was quality ! I went on to the TGV70d which was AMAZING but i have had 5 in 6 yrs they just pack up with no reason!!!

  • alj

    Beyerdymanic TVG 70d

    I have to to say your TGV70d is the BEST microphone I have ever used for my voice.
    A rep in Manchester said to me ” Andy try this mic you’ll never use SHURE again”
    However since that day 2010 I have owned (at individual times) 5 x TGV70d but they always just give up on me.
    Ive had this present one just over a year and today like all the rest it just gave up on me !!!
    I am EXTREMELY careful with my microphones nobody gets to use it and its packed away separately after every gig in its box.
    I CANT fault the quality of this microphone
    But after owning 5 in 6 years i think its diabolical

  • Sless Terry

    Wow that’s a frightening statistic I nearly purchased the tgx70/71 today thanks for the heads up..I have to ask again..

  • Sless Terry

    Can’t voice council enquire or recommend to me the best alternative to the tgx 80..it’s big sound..needs less attenuation than Sm58..
    Loads of rich bottom end and great for mic technique.. singing away from mic and singing right into it..a touch of compression from desk boosts it also..

    Terry Sless
    Ps I purchased a AKG D7 SILVER anniversary mic and it is so thin sound wise, no strength of delivery a very weak microphone tbh

  • y001Thomas Grim

    I agree Chris. The D5 is a real sleeper. It can do justice to heavy metal vocals as well as ballads.

  • William Bart

    KMS 105 is an amazing mic for jazz and crooning but not flattering for anything loud or heavy.

  • William Bart

    My Super 55 is my go-to mic. Has great tone and compliments a wide range of vocal styles from crooning (especially crooning) to aggressive. Only drawback is feedback rejection but with a bit of gate, a good warm preamp and a bit of compression, it’s a monster.


    I don’t know… Matt Belamy from Muse uses a KMS105, and their music can get pretty heavy.