In this comparison between 4 FET vocal microphones, we’ve blind-tested some of our favorite budget FET mics, and put them head to head on male vocals with a little help from pro audio specialist Marc Kuzio. The contending microphones are the Lauten Audio LA-220 FET, the Studio Projects C1, the Miktek C1, and the Avantone CK-7.

The four FET we’ve chosen for this shootout are mics that have come through Sound Pure Studios, that we feel really passionate about and feel we can recommend with no reservations, whether you’re just getting started with a home studio or adding to your recording studio collection.

Can you tell which FET vocal mic is which? Does a clear winner stand out to you?

Once you’re ready for the answers, shoot us an email at, or give us a call at (919) 682-5552 (you can also reach out to us on Facebook). Also, every mic in this shootout is available for our Try Before You Buy demo program, so you can do some testing for yourself with no obligation to purchase.



The Contenders

Lauten LA-220 FET Microphone

Lauten LA-220 FET

Studio Projects C1 Microphone

Studio Projects C1

Miktek C1 Cardioid FET Condenser Microphone

Miktek C1

Avantone CK-7 FET Condenser Microphone

Avantone CK-7

Why Do We Do Our Shootouts Blind?

Good question! In our own experience as recording engineers and musicians, we’ve found we have unconscious biases that favor one microphone, preamp, instrument, etc. over another based merely on preconceptions and brand associations. We’re often surprised at the results and want to present that same unbiased listening opportunity for you.

Also, we hope you request the hi-res files, because YouTube compression affects the audio considerably. And, last but not least, we want to help you purchase the right gear for your exact needs and setup. This is a shootout on one specific recording application, and it can give you some great info, but the devil is in the details! We specialize in the details and are here to assist you with your choice.