IF you're wanting to do it on the mega-cheap, I picked up a Red5 RV6 as part of a "studio bundle deal" (pop screen, headphones, cable) for like a hundred quid but you can buy just the mic (comes with shock mount, condom-style popshield and hardcase) for £57.40 plus shipping: http://www.red5audio.com/acatalog/Condenser_Mics.html
Bear in mind you will definitely need a pop-screen for recording vocals with a condensor unless you're placing the mic meters away; otherwise you're entering into a world of PLOSIVES. _________________
'Reasonable' is a bit vague because a £600 condenser that is on par with others that cost £1000 could be described as reasonable.
Is £100 fairly rigid? At that price there's still quite a range available and it really depends on what sort of sound you want from it. I'd take a look around some of the larger online recording stores, maybe amazon too, then check reviews on stuff that shows up. Here's one to get you started. link (condenser category sorted by price)
Some stuff that I've used and liked that's fairly cheap. Rode NT1, Rode NT5, JM27 (used to be very cheap at £40 each, good for a lot of things but not that great for vocals), AKG C1000, AKG C3000B.
Take a look at some of the more well known brand names on ebay too. Start with
Beyer Dynamic (sometimes will just be listed as Beyer)
Do you have a source of phantom power?
Also don't worry about small or large diaphragm. Just look at both as either is fine. _________________ Shabba.
What difference in sound is there between 'condom style' pop shield and an actual pop screen?
Basically, the closer the screen/shield is to the mic, the more plosives get through; a popscreen on a bendywendy arm can be placed a suitable distance away, whereas a popshield has to stay right where it is, due to its design. They make up for this with thickness, but it's not the same really.
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Rather that a wire coathanger, if you can get your hands on an embroidery ring (about fifty pence in a craft shop) you'll have something that is pretty much made for the job.
That's how I first constructed one as a young lad: one of those and some panty hose. I could never find anything to properly affix it to a mic stand while recording, so I'd often just hold it in place by hand. Of course, this was before there were a number of really affordable purpose-built pop filters available; it may be worth it to just save the ten pounds or so for one of these.
The embroidery ring I used had two holes on the clasp, so I bent a coat hanger (no getting away from them) into a V shape, then bent the last quarter of an inch of each leg at a right angle so that they fit into the holes. Then, the V shape fits into a normal mic clip on a stand.
It's over at the singer/pianist I play with's house at the minute, I'll get a pic up at some point. It works well. _________________
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