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Types of Microphones For Home Studio

Choosing types of microphones for vocals is almost always a concern for anyone who is setting up a recording studio see examples at, all because we think we need to have the best of the best microphones to get the best of the best recordings.

We can not blame people for thinking that way, it's a normal thought, and logic should be like this: you buy the best microphone and everything is solved ... But in practice does not work that way.

Why you should get the best sound with the best microphone and it does not happen?

Let's imagine that a friend of yours has just bought a new Ferrari and is inviting you to take a ride, just to test the power of the machine and see if that V12 is really good ... But your friend never drove anything more powerful than a common streetcar, would you have the courage to risk your life taking a ride with him?

Let's think a little ... If your friend does not have experience with powerful Ferrari, you probably would have a big problem at the first corner to accept the invitation to the ride. Now, if your friend was Lewis Hamilton, would be much safer, you agree?

Using the same analogy, we can compare the best microphone and the best car and realize that both are nothing without someone experienced to drive. If you know what to do during a recording, you will not need the best microphones to get the results you want.

Best Microphone for Live Vocal

There are several microphones for the live show and you will want to use dynamic microphones, those SM5 8 perform miracles on stage.

Best Microphones for Home Studio

Here in the studio, we are tempted to use condenser microphones, however, we do many things in a studio, there are also times that dynamic is used in vocals, drums, stringed instruments. Miking is an art, I feel hungry when I'm miking, and there are times that make me want to eat all these microphones...

Best Microphone for Female Voice

Here a voice sample that needs a specific microphone. Although extremely simple, one of the perfect mixing secrets is to emphasize the right frequencies within the audio spectrum.

A microphone that enhances frequencies between 3 kHz and 5 kHz is ideal for voice and will make sure the possibility to fit the female voice into the mix perfectly.

Worlds Best Microphone

I do not like to tell sad stories, but I can say that you do not need to sell your car to buy an expensive microphone or need to buy a Ferrari to feel emotions on a race track. The best microphone in the world is one that is accompanied by someone who knows how to use it at the right time for the right purpose.

Small Microphones Are Good for Recording Studio?

After using a camcorder to recording vocals and acoustic guitar in a series of recordings, I went to a dynamic microphone Shure SM5 8. This is a perfect microphone for vocals, with a dynamic that favors only the frequencies of the human voice.

Soon after, I was recording with Neumann U87 Ai, condenser, with an incredible level of detail. Sure, it's a US$3,500 microphone, but it has a very clear and detailed signal.

Now the big question is whether small microphones could meet the demands of a recording studio. I can talk about interesting experiences I've done with small microphones and what I hear when I record with these microphones.

Many people think of putting together a recording studio but are afraid of having to buy expensive equipment. When you are following the steps of this book, you can use a small condenser microphone, those found in headphones for use on the computer, which cost less than the US $2. Because while you're learning technologies and production methods, it is not necessary to have a large and expensive microphone.

What Does a Small Microphone?

When recording presentations, especially if I am narrating something, I use a small microphone from headphones. I can say that some specific frequencies are not perfect, tending to "crack" in some cases.

The small microphone has a very small diaphragm and it prevents you from capturing some important harmonic notes and distorting others. If you need to record data as a realistic tone of voice or do not want saturation, then you will not like small microphones.

I recommend that the higher the microphone diaphragm, the more detail it can capture, the more expensive it will cost. The idea is to stay in the middle and accept that there is no perfect microphone. Even the most expensive, such as the U87 are not perfect. They did not invent a perfect microphone yet. Shocking but true.

Finally, small microphones are great for presentations, talk on skype, study Home Studio, but if you want a sound without distortion, you will need a slightly larger diaphragm for it. I’m simplifying this concept, but basically what we need to observe.