Understanding Recording Microphones, various techniques used, and the best options available for your studio.
An important component needed to get the sound into your recording computer is a Microphone. Though these are used primarily by those interested in acoustic music, even those into electronic sound may at times want something to get in analog sounds or vocals.
If you intend to make a record, anything less than a capacitor microphone won’t do, or at least you need a VERY good dynamic mic.
A capacitor microphone is one that needs power, either from a battery or phantom power (+48vdc) which good desks have, as do most pre-amps.
Many vocalists use a Shure SM58, because they are rugged, and can be used on stage, but for studio purposes, you need something that provides stunning clear vocals.
They do require a power source so make sure either your mic preamp or the audio interface has phantom power on it and that will make sure you can get the sound out of your condenser mic.
Dynamic and Ribbon mics are the other types that are also used. These have different applications, particularly if you are going to use things like Drum mic’ing.
However you can always start with one good condenser mic for your studio. There are also a couple of accessories that are going to be very important to you.
The first one is a Mic stand.
Since these are very sensitive mics you cannot hand hold them. They will transmit noise. Most of them will come with a shock mount for the same purpose – to prevent noise from filtering in to the mic.
The final thing you need is a pop-filter if you are going to record vocals. This prevents haziness sounds coming in through the recording, that can be quite harsh, so make sure you get yourself a nice pop-filter.
Another thing to consider when using a microphone is to ensure that you record only the sounds that you want to get to the microphone.
You might be living in a residential street with traffic noise or you might be in a room that is reflective and you might be getting sounds that you don’t want to hear.
The best way to deal with it is to get a good Reflection filter and this is just a piece of acoustic foam that sits behind the mic and comes around it, and makes sure that the reflections are stopped from entering it.
This will ensure that you have the best possible recording without having any unwanted sounds added to it.
Take a look at some of these useful microphone accessories such as Microphone arms, goosenecks, Microphone stands, belts and brackets, pop filters, and more that will help you get the most out of your recording session. Read more…