Starting as an actor on a teenage TV show called Degrassi: The Next Generation back in the early 2000s, Drake started his career in show business. However, after 7 years on the show, he decided to focus more on his musical career and started it by publishing his debut mixtape named Room for Improvement.
Over the next 10 years, Drake released 4 albums, as well as an EP and 3 commercial mixtapes. With millions of fans worldwide, it’s safe to say that he managed to break through the oversaturated music market with his original implementations of different genres such as rap, R&B, and dancehall. He collaborated with stars such as Rihanna, Big Sean, Kanye West, and many more. Each song that he featured in was a well-received hit, both by the audience and critics.
Besides the fact that Drake definitely has talent and knows how to use it to please the fans of his music, the production of his songs is untouchable right now. This leads a lot of people to ask the question:
What mic does Drake use?
Noah ‘40’ Shebib, a well-known hip-hop producer and engineer talks about the equipment that he and Drake used for recording his albums in this video (at 16:48).
The microphone Drake uses is the Neumann TLM 103.
What makes this mic so special that Drake decided to use it?
First of all, let’s take a closer look at the specs and features it offers.
But let’s say you’re looking for the best microphone for recording vocals, but just don’t have that much money to spend.
A great alternative to the TLM 103 which won’t burn a hole in your pocket is the Shure SM7B.
As a part of the well-known SM family, the SM7B offers amazing build quality and performance, much like the rest of the models from this lineup. Unlike the SM57 and 58, the 7B focuses on vocal recordings and has been used by artists such as Serj Tankian, Michael Jackson, and Sheryl Crow.
What’s really great about this microphone is its ability to accurately pick up naturally portray deeper vocals, which makes it great for rap as well as heavier genres such as rock and metal. The SM7B is a dynamic microphone, unlike the TLM 103. However, users often compare the features and audio characteristics of the 7B to condenser models that generally cost more. No matter how loud you blast your lyrics, this mic will pick them up, with little to no distortion.
Included with the SM7B are a pop filter as well as a mount.
The SM7B by Shure is basically the best you can get if you’re on a relatively tight budget.
So, what are your thoughts? Would you rather go for the Neumann TLM103 or the Shure SM7B? Are you an aspiring singer/studio engineer that is looking for the best bang for the buck, or a top-notch professional microphone? Whatever the case might be, I truly hope that you found this article informative and that it helped you in finding the right mic for your needs.
Thank you very much for reading, and I’ll catch you in the next one!