How to Find A Microphone that Suits You?

- Jul 30, 2018-

It is important to realize that each microphone has its own unique frequency properties. This frequency attribute mainly refers to the frequency response, but fundamentally, regardless of how straight the frequency curve described in the microphone manual is, each microphone will still apply its own frequency attribute to the audio of its pickup. . Therefore, without knowing the characteristics of the microphone, it is obviously a blind idea to think that a certain microphone is "better" because you don't know what factors you have caused the sound to change.

1. Application: What sound do you want to pick? When choosing a microphone, the most important criterion is the application needs.

Are you talking, singing or playing an instrument? Dynamic microphones are often used for loud vocals, guitars or drums. Capacitive microphones are natural and delicate, so they are more suitable for acoustic instruments such as guitars, brass instruments, or for picking up drums or crisp vocals. Recording studios in particular require natural sound reproduction, so condenser microphones are more suitable for recording. If you prefer a condenser microphone, it's important to remember that your mixer must be able to provide phantom power to the microphone; otherwise you will need to purchase a condenser microphone that uses a battery because the capacitor component requires a power supply.

2. In which environment do you want to use the microphone?

Is it for the stage, conference room or recording studio? The use environment affects the directionality of the microphone. The omnidirectional microphone has the most natural sound reproduction. However, it has a high sensitivity to echo, so it is most suitable for small PA recording or speech occasions. On the stage using a loud PA and monitor system, omnidirectional microphones are generally not used, only cardioid or super-cardioid microphones are used. These unidirectional microphones only pick up the front end sound, isolate unwanted non-axis sounds and ambient noise, thus reducing the echo to a lower level.

3. Microphone sound: Do you like natural sound or optimized sound for specific applications? Depending on the microphone used and the environment, in which it is used, decide whether to use a flat frequency response or a specific frequency response. The special frequency response microphone can penetrate the mix without adjusting the mixer. A flat frequency response microphone is a better choice if you don't want to change or modify the sound and only want to reproduce the sound source. Most of the studios use flat frequency response microphones.



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