If you are looking for a nice large diaphragm condensor microphone for your home recording studio I’ve got some good news for you: you DON’T have to spend $1000 on a Neuman! The Nady SCM 900 condensor microphone is one incredible deal, you can get one of these bad boys for only $59.99. Don’t let the low price fool you, these are high-quality sounding and not cheaply made at all. The SCM 900 is a cardioid pattern large diaphragm microphone made for recording studio vocals and acoustic instruments. The mic features a one-inch gold-sputtered diaphragm, has a frequency range of 30-20,000 Hz, and comes in a nice carrying case.
I bought mine many years ago because I already had a slew of SM-57’s and SM-58’s in my microphone arsenal but I wanted to add a condensor mic to my collection for recording acoustic guitar and vocals, and the Nady SCM 900 fit right into my tightwad budget. That’s right — I actually ordered this mic because it looked cool and was the cheapest studio condensor mic in the catalog on sale! I do all my home recording digitally either on my ADAT or straight into my computer’s multi-track programs, and I must say, I was SUPER impressed the first time I used it to record some vocal tracks. The sound is so much fuller, crisper and cleaner — plus it gets a hotter signal — than the SM-58 I used to use for vocals. Not a big difference, either, a HUGE difference. And for recording voice overs, yeah… it has that “FM radio” sound. For recording acoustic guitar the results were the same: AWESOME sounding, full, crisp and clear, with very little EQ’ing necessary at all. A huge improvement over the SM57 I used to use to record acoustic guitar. I’ve also used this mic for drum overheads, and the cymbals came through shimmering and clear, very nice sounding, again a big improvement over the SM-57s I had always used before. I haven’t tried this on a grand piano yet, but I imagine with two of these mics spread out the results would be gorgeous. The SCM 900 is a very full-sounding mic with fantastic lows, shimmering highs, a lot of depth and clarity. I’ve also tried recording my Marshall half-stack with this mic, but it sounded very boxy, so I’m sticking with the SM-57 for electric instruments. But for acoustic instruments and vocals/voiceovers this mic really delivers the goods.
The SCM 900 is 48V phantom powered, so you will to have to have a soundboard with phantom power. This mic is also super-sensitive so you will definitely need a shock mount for it… without a shock mount this mic will pick up any little sound or vibration — if you tap your foot on the floor it will pick it up, if someone shuts a door in the next room it will pick it up. A pop filter for recording vocals is also highly recommended. With the pop filter and shock mount you’ll be set for high-quality studio recording.
There are many other large diaphragm condensor microphones on the market for under $100. I also own a Marshall V57M large diaphragm condensor mic which was more expensive than the Nady SCM, but the Marshall mic sounds boxy compared to Nady. I really can’t believe these mics are still going for under sixty bucks these days, you can get two of these for the price of one SM58, what a freaking good deal! I very highly recommend the Nady SCM 900 microphone for anyone with a home recording studio who does vocals or acoustic instrument recording and is on a budget. I give it three thumbs up.