My husband is a DJ, KJ and Musician who sings and plays bass and is now learning guitar too. For us that means a household full of musical equipment from amps and speakers to mics, instruments and other equipment. I may not use this stuff on a regular basis not being a singer or musician myself, but being married to a musician, I've come to learn a reasonably large amount about it all over the years, and which I've had enough use from in testing & playing with at home, as well as checking sound levels and setups in venues and so on to have formed my own opinion.
For quite a long time this was hubby's favourite microphone to use because of the price to performance ratio. The way he's always described it is that if you compare it to a Shure SM58, it's 20% of the price and 80% of the performance. As he's gone further along the road he now favours a Sennheiser E825. I'd say that unless you are a professional musician, or someone who insists on paying top dollar for things, then most people would be fairly happy with the sound they'd get from this mic.
The Shure C606 is a nice solid Mic to hold. When I've used it, I've always found it fairly comfortable to use, not so heavy that your wrist tires from doing so, but not so light that it feels flimsy. It's not wireless, so you have a cable to deal with when you're using it, not an issue in most instances though I wouldn't recommend this if you're running a karaoke as I've seen wires and cables become an issue under these circumstances - especially later in the evening as people become more intoxicated.
Sound wise this mic offers a really good clear sound for its price range - much better than anything else that I've come across at a similar price. If you compare it to more expensive models obviously it's not going to stand up as well as all of them and the sound can be a little harsh and brittle sounding in the treble area. It also has a bit more of a tendency to feedback at lower volume levels than some mics do, but with a good PA, Mixer and Sound Engineer it can sound pretty good.
Working in the recording industry has allowed me to experience different types of microphones over the years. I still think back to the days when I got my first Woolworths own red microphone...it used to give awful feedback and screech when you held it too close to the lips. If you are after a basic, affordable recording microphone, then this Shure is a surefire place to start. You can buy them for around the twenty pound mark from online stores and specialised retail outlets.
The microphone will come with a lead which you plug into the bottom of the mic then into a jack port. The settings are universal so you will have no problems with odd wires. The shape of the mic is great with a comfy handle that either slides into a stand or can be handheld. The head of the mic is encased in a metal grating which offers protection and will add further safeguarding against the dreaded 'popping' noises that you might get.
I have found it works a treat when it comes to recording vocals and individual instruments. The sound dynamics are crisp and clear and the quality is always of a high standard. The mic goes quite far in picking up detail too, so even the most humdrum of sounds will be captured. What draws me to this is the price though, if you keep in mind that some mics retail for hundreds of pounds, then consider this is twenty odd pounds, you would be wise to start with this one.
Budding singers and professional recorders will find this does an amicable job for most home production recording. There are no messy buttons, just an on-off switch and provided you don't have it right by a speaker, the feedback is pretty controlled on this too. Worth building up a fleet of these, then you can mic different sounds all at once to produce your very own orchestra! Great value and great results all round.
There are microphones... and then there are microphones. The first kind are the cheap and nasty plastic variety that you can pick up for under a fiver in Argos, and the second kind are the professional devices which will normally set you back a pretty penny. If you're looking for a decent mic, a good place to start is with the 'Shure' brand. The company manufactures a number of microphone models including the awesome 'SM' range - prices start from around £80 for the SM57 (Bono's frequent mic of choice) and continue into the hundreds of pounds for contraptions like the SM27. One of the more reasonably priced Shures is the 'C606', which at around £30 represents exceptional value for money.
Why did I buy the Shure?
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I purchased the Shure C606 for a recent gig with fellow dooyooer Tom Flint when we were supporting the reggae star Derek Sandy under our musical guise of 'Midnight Farage'. The secondary microphones we had used in the past were of the cheap variety that I mentioned in the opening paragraph, and I wanted something a bit more reliable with a hint of quality about it. The first thing I noticed about the C606 was that even though it's relatively cheap (well, in the world of Shure anyway), it feels incredibly well made. Weighing over 400g and constructed from solid metal, the mic is certainly the real deal. As it's a uni-directional model, the device is suitable for sound reinforcement purposes, and also instrument recording.
Shure C606 In use
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With a frequency response of 50-15000Hz, the C606 helps produce a richness and clarity to vocals - obviously, this will also depend on the PA system that you're using, but if you've got a quality set up, then the mic won't let you down. In terms of the downsides, the microphone has the potential to 'boom' a little if knocked, so it's probably a device which is best used on a stand. The microphone comes complete with a decent 4.5m Shure lead, with an XLR to 1/4 inch jack plug.
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Overall, If you're looking for a decent mic and you only have a small budget, then I would have no hesitation in recommending this particular model. One reviewer posed the question "what's the difference between the Shure SM58 and the Shure C606?" before answering "only the price". Whilst I'm not entirely sure whether the afforementioned statement is true, the C606 is certainly good enough for my requirements - highly recommended.