Blue Microphones BallThis bold-sounding “superball” inspires wacky mic positions. $139 retail/$99 street. bluemic.com
AKG C 1000S 2-PackCrystal-clear condenser pair for stereo- and ambient-miking strategies. $636 retail/$298 street. akgusa.com
CAD ST-100This fab boundary mic is an essential tool for capturing blissfully weird sounds. $229 retail/$99 street. cadmics.com
Audio-Technica Pro 24 XPerfect for “one mic” stereo recording of rehearsals and gigs. $119 retail/$79 street. audio-technica.com
Carvin CTM100Go totally vintage with this modern, affordable tube mic. $299 direct. carvin.com
Sennheiser E609Dangle this dynamic over your combo amp for a studly punch. $199 retail/$109 street. sennheiserusa.com
Samson C01UA laptop-ready condenser with USB connector. Sweet. $234 retail/$79 street. samsontech.com
Audix i5A tough dynamic (max. SPL is 140dB) for taming blastin’ amp stacks. $179 retail/$99 street. audixusa.com
Shure SM57The must-have dynamic mic for documenting thoroughly classic guitar sounds. $158 retail/$89 street. shure.com
Electro-Voice Blue RavenEasy-to-position, retro dynamic delivers articulate electric timbres. $199 retail/$149 street. electrovoice.com
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