Looking for a professional quality cardioid microphone but don't have the deep pockets for the world famous Neumann U 87? For about $3,400 less, you might want to consider M-Audio's Nova. The Nova is an affordable large capsule cardioid microphone that features a 1.1 inch evaporated gold diaphragm. Frequency response is rated at a respectable 20Hz-18kHz. The feel and weight are much more substantial than you would expect from a mic at this price point. It's solid brass body and capsule should provide years of trouble free service.
For recording podcasts, voice overs, or acoustic instruments, this budget mic is more than capable of providing professional quality results. As with most studio mics it does require 48V phantom power and connects via XLR.
Now all you have to do is to figure out what to do with all the money that you saved.
Pros: Very Solid Build Quality, Sounds Rich & Full, Great Bang For Buck.
Cons: Shock Mount Not Included.
List Price: $129.95
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