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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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man recording with microphone

As a video producer, one of the most essential tools you can have is a good microphone. While camcorders are getting better and cheaper every year, microphones remain an expensive but important part of your kit that will make or break your videos. Choosing the right type of mic for your videos requires knowledge about what factors matter when it comes to picking out quality mics from bargain bin specials. Today, we’re going to take a look at some different types of microphones including lavalier, shotgun, and desktop options so you can find the perfect fit for your needs. In this article, we will answer the most common questions and clear up any confusion or misconceptions about what makes a good microphone for YouTube vlogging.

  • Built-in microphones

The built-in microphones on new phones are good enough to get the job done, but they’re not going to be as dependable as a microphone you purchase specifically for that purpose. Relying on these mics isn’t ideal, but they can absolutely work if it is all you have. 

  • Directional microphone

If you are like most people, chances are that a directional microphone is new to you. Quite frankly, it’s one of those products that almost always gets overlooked but can make a huge difference in the quality of your videos and audio recordings with smartphones and cameras. When making videos or recording interviews on your smartphone, for instance, there will inevitably be some mechanical sounds such as shutter clicks recorded alongside the actual dialogue. The sound of someone typing on their keyboard can also ruin an otherwise perfect video when they’re not supposed to be heard at all. Directional mini-microphones are probably the best bet for any content creators starting out. They record superior sound to built-in microphones and are usually very affordable. They are basically a miniature shotgun microphone, which mounts on top of handheld cameras or cell phones.

  • Stereo Microphone

Stereo microphones do what the name implies—they record in stereo. This means you’ll have two different channels of audio recorded at the same time, usually facing at slightly different angles. The sound recorded creates a similar experience to how we hear sound in person. The Zoom H4n Pro is a popular choice amongst video producers. It has four built-in microphones which are set to record in the XY pattern. This allows you to have two voices on one side and two on the other so that they can be separated when edited later (with some work).


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