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Aubrey Drake Graham, or simply Drake, has been one of the most popular rappers for almost a decade now.
Note: This post has been updated for February 2019 - it includes all of the mics used by Drake. Enjoy!
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?
Drake flip flops between a few different mics for his album. The are:
- Sony C800G
- Neumann TLM 103
- Shure SM57
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).
You can also read about his equipment chain in this article from SoundOnSound.
Let's take a look at each mic.
The Best Microphone For Rap Vocals
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. It's know for being one of the best microphones for hip-hop vocals.
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.
- Flat, wide-range frequency response for exceptionally clean and natural reproduction of both music and speech
- Bass rolloff and mid-range emphasis (presence boost) controls with graphic display of response setting
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!