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Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone, Cardioid
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- Cardioid characteristic with excellent feedback suppression
- Shock mount system reduces handling noise
- Two-stage pop filter minimizes breath and pop noises
- 50 Hz to 15 kHz frequency response
- Sturdy, reliable metal construction and electromagnetic shielding
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BEHRINGER ULTRAVOICE XM8500
Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone
- Dynamic vocal microphone with smooth mid-frequency presence rise for excellent voice projection
- Ultra-wide frequency response for brilliant and transparent sound
- Extremely high signal output lets your voice cut through
- Cardioid characteristic minimizes background noise and feedback
- Shock mount system to cut down handling noise
- Integrated spherical wind and pop noise filter
- Microphone stand adapter and impact-resistant carrying case included
- High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
- Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany
Few things are more essential to recording or live performance than dynamic microphones. BEHRINGER's XM8500 has the crucial features and durability to come through for your sound again and again.
What is a Dynamic Microphone?
Dynamic mics have several advantages that make them ideal for live vocal applications and for recording amplified instruments. They're robust, resistant to moisture and can achieve high gain before feedback. The XM8500's cardioid pickup pattern captures the source signal, such as a guitar amplifier or vocalist, while shunning off-axis sound.
Why the XM8500?
The XM8500 provides an amazing frequency response of 50 Hz to 15 kHz, and includes a two-stage pop filter to minimize breath and pop noises. And with its tough metal construction and sturdy steel windscreen, you can count on it to come through after countless gigs and studio applications. We've even included a rugged hard case with a mic clip and stand adapter.
Check out the XM8500 at your nearest BEHRINGER dealer and find out why these mics are becoming so common in practice spaces, bedrooms, professional studios and stages all over the globe. Compare them to the competition. We're sure you'll be impressed by the XM8500's performance - and the amount of money you'll save!
Top Customer Reviews
WAY hotter than the SM57 I have to compare it to. Tested on a Behringer mixer, through some Tapco Thumps, this guy sounds very good, and is solidly built. VERY good off-axis noise reduction. This would be a very good mic when using floor wedges in this regard. Tested with a snare drum, kick drum, but with some terrible toms with bad heads on 'em. The snare and kick sound great, the lousy tom heads sounded lousy and loud. But with a well tuned, well cared for tom, I'm betting it will be a nice as well. This would not be very good for putting in between two drums (how I used to mic my rack toms with one mic) as the off axis noise rejection is so good. Rehearsal in two days will tell the tale of the others' opinions of the vocals.
Totally unexpected quality for the low low dollars. I'll be buying more.
Edit: Three gigs have passed. This thing is solid! I'm using it for my vocals. My vocal mic has always doubled in duty as my overhead for my drum set, as all the noise bounces off my face into the mic, i.e. cymbals, hats, ambient drum noise, etc. This is better for the isolation of my voice from the drums. It's a good mic! $20 well spent!
Edit again: More gigs have gone by, ZERO regrets. This is a good mic! I just purchased three more, and I'll be doing some comparisons to make sure they are consistent in quality, output, etc. If I find any anomalies I'll post some more. One thing I should mention, the mic clip it came with works fine, but a tight fit.
How I Use Mics Like This
I do several weekly teaching events, provide speaking all over, and am a podcaster. In my speaking, I use a number of mics on various sound systems. Anyone who speaks a lot knows that sound is crucial and the inconsistency of different rooms and audio-amplification products can make your sound quality vary widely from venue to venue. For this reason, you sometimes want to bring your own mics.
But then there's the podcasting angle. Sometimes you're on location or traveling and want to have a mic on hand for recording of various types-- podcast episodes, interviews, speaking, and so on. On those times you have compromised house equipment at your speaking venue, or when you simply want your own equipment for familiarity and predictability, it's nice to have your own gear.
For my speaking, I use too many mics to mention. But common ones for me include the Shure SM58, the Blue enCORE 100, the EV RE320, and others. I'm used to the reliability and quality of those standard and higher end mics. But I wanted an expensive mic for certain purposes that could handle the abuses of frequent travel and quick set up times.
Reviewing Before Purchasing the XM8500
That led me to start reviewing microphones that might work. I looked at lots of possible options and, after evaluating product specs, confirmed purchase reviews, and video testing-and-comparison reviews, I decided to give the Behringer XZM 8500 (Ultravoice) a chance. It was an easy decision because it was only $20, though I had entertained getting another travel-secondary mic more in the range of $50-100.
Having purchased the product, I immediately put it to use. It's truly unbelievable-- especially for the price. But again, this isn't really about that. I would say the same thing if I'd paid $100 for it like I was planning to spend on the Shure SM58-- the standard handheld for all purpose use. This mic has a slightly brighter (in a good way) tone that gives your sound a little more perk than the Shure. It's unbelievably clean and clear, and has surprisingly good volume, in spite of not requiring phantom power. Now, of course, in a room with ambient noise, you'll pick some of that up. But in a reasonably quiet environment, you can do legit sound and recording work.
This mic came in a decent foam-protected semi-hard case that snaps firmly. The microphone fits nicely in the foam and I even wedged a short 6' mic cable in the case so I'll have at least a way to connect it to an input or recording source. The mic comes with a mic holder made for it. At first I thought it was a mis-match because it seemed like it wouldn't fit the mic or would damage it. After just manhandling it, it went on firmly and I realized the holder is made to 'fit' it, and the holder provides an incredibly firm grip on the mic without (so far) any scratching of the exterior.
The mic is nicely weighted, perhaps as well or better balanced than the comparative Shure. It is metal on all visible parts and it feels and looks stunning. No one would believe it's not a $50-100 mic. It's just that impressive. I'm sure I'll pick up another one or two Behringer XM8500s in the future because, at the price point and quality level, it's a no-lose proposition.