A guide to choosing the best microphone for your home studio

July 19, 2021

Searching for the right microphone is not an easy task. There are various types of microphones on the market, each with its own set of features. The dynamic microphone, the condenser microphone and the ribbon microphone are the three most common types of microphones that you’ll find. Which one should you buy?

Dynamic microphone

Dynamic microphones are perfect if you are looking for versatility while recording. They are used to capture loud sounds, such as strong vocals, drum sounds or electric guitar cabs. Dynamic microphones function well on low-mid frequency instruments and catch high-pressure sound sources without distorting them.They are also great for live music because of their high resistance to humidity.

Condenser microphone

This type of microphone is used to capture delicate sounds with higher frequency vocals. It can record precise and high-quality sounds. It’s a great choice if you plan to record acoustic guitar sounds, cymbals or piano. However, we don’t recommend using this type of microphone to record loud sounds or if you’ll record in an environment with extreme humidity. Condenser microphones also tend to be more expensive than Dynamic microphones.

Ribbon microphone

Ribbon microphones will capture sound in the most natural way. It will help you achieve a very accurate tone, as you would hear with your own ears. Keep in mind, these microphones are much more expensive than condenser microphones and dynamic microphones.

Here are some microphone recommendations based on the type of sound you wish to record:

·      Acoustic Guitar: Shure SM81, AKG Perception 170

·      Electric Guitar: Sennheiser e609, Shure SM57

·      Drums: Shure SM57, Sennheiser e600

·      Vocals (Strong): Shure SM7B, Shure SM58, AKG C414 Xll

·      Vocals (Voiceovers/podcasts): Shure MV7, Blue Yeti


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