Pros: This is a very good entry level vocal microphone.
ELECTROVOICE COBALT 7 PROFESSIONAL MICROPHONE
There are so many inexpensively priced entry level microphones on the market today that a novice who is trying to make a buying decision is apt to get a headache. In an effort to keep medical costs down by preventing headaches, I shall be reviewing a very good entry level microphone today, specifically the ElectroVoice Cobalt 7 Professional Microphone. The ElectroVoice Cobalt 7 lists for $149.00, but I have seen it as low as $39.99 at large Internet retailer, and it is commonly available for $49.99 at most large national musical instrument chain stores. However I have actually seen it selling for double this price in some locations. As such, one is cautioned to shop carefully before making a purchase. Read on and see if the ElectroVoice Cobalt 7 is a microphone that you might be interested in auditioning the next time you are visiting your local musical instrument store.
One of the best ways to lessen the likelihood of making a poor buying decision when looking for an inexpensive electronic device or musical instrument, is to always consider going with a popular big name brand. The reasons are that a popular big name brand got to be both "popular" and a "big name" are because they usually make and sell good quality products at reasonable prices, and they have been doing it for years. Another reason to consider going with a familiar name brand is that a big name company is more likely to honor the warranty or guarantee that comes with the purchase of their product. Further, in many cases a store is more likely to accept a return of a defective name brand product than they are of a lesser known brand name, as they want to maintain a good relationship with the company and the products that they are representing. These are some of the reasons why I like ElectroVoice products. Another reason is that they usually represent a very good value for the price that they are being sold for. ElectroVoice products are built to last. I have been using an ElectroVoice RE20 for 25 years, and it works just as well today as it did when first bought it.
The ElectroVoice Cobalt 7 Professional Microphone is a Dynamic microphone with a Cardioid pickup pattern. Unlike a condenser microphone which requires phantom power in order operate correctly, a dynamic microphone just requires that you plug it in, and you are all set. Of course, it is important to make sure that you connect the ElectroVoice Cobalt 7 to an input or device that has a similar or compatible impedance, as this microphone has an impedance of 600 Ohms, which means it is a considered to be a Low Impedance microphone.
The ElectroVoice Cobalt 7 is also a microphone with a cardioid polar pattern. That means that it is most sensitive to sounds that originate from directly in front of the microphone, and it is less sensitive to, or rejects sounds that originate from the back or sides of the microphone. This is a very good feature for a vocal microphone to have, especially in live situations, where there are certain to be sounds coming from the audience or form the other band members that one would not want to pick up and amplify equally as well as the sound of the vocalist's voice. This makes it less likely to feedback as well in live situations, and in circumstances where the microphone is set to a high gain. The ElectroVoice Cobalt 7 is also a microphone that is comfortable to use in hand held situations. It is ergonomically designed, and weighs a mere 11.7 ounces. The ElectroVoice Cobalt 7 is also very ruggedly built and it is able to stand up to live use or the rigors of the road. The delicate inner workings of the microphone are protected by a die cast zinc metal housing and a study metal grille, and built in wind screen.
Well what are the best uses for the ElectroVoice Cobalt 7 Professional Microphone? When choosing a microphone, it is always important to know something about specifications of the microphone, and to use a microphone whose specs and performance characteristics most closely match the desired needs of the situation. The ElectroVoice Cobalt 7 Professional Microphone has a frequency response of 50 Hz. to 18,000 Hz. At first glance this may seem like this microphone is suitable to amplify or to record a great many different types of musical instruments, as well as the human voice. However, although the ElectroVoice Cobalt 7 Professional Microphone has a really great range, it actually has a frequency response that is tailored to be most sensitive to amplifying or recording the spoken or sung human voice. Unlike most condenser microphones which often have a very flat and uniform frequency response, many dynamic microphones have frequency response that is specifically tailored to certain applications, which in the case of the ElectroVoice Cobalt 7, the best application to use this microphone for is to amplify or record the human voice. Of course, in a pinch, one could use this microphone to handle many other chores, such as for recording drums or guitars, but it is really not designed to do this. It is best for recording or amplifying the human spoken word, or sung vocal.
Well, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read my review, but now if you will excuse me, I must get back to my practicing.