When it comes to choosing the right microphone it can very quickly become a daunting process, you don’t just want to be heard, you want your audience to really listen. There are so many different microphones in many variations and whether you’re on stage, in a studio or a conference, you want the one which suits you best.
We hope that by following our online guide to microphones you can get a better understanding of which one would suit you best.
Let’s start with the stage. Stage performances can be tricky at times; you will find that you will need a particularly durable mic to survive the on stage environment. Dynamic mics would be best suited to the stage, there durability make them a better fit than condenser mics.
If you’re looking for a mic that provides the most freedom the you’d prefer the wireless or neck band mics which allow you to move around freely and use up the whole stage for larger performances. When considering PA systems its important to use directional mics with cardioid or hyper cardioid polar patterns to reject peripheral sound, which may lead to feedback from loudspeakers.
If you’re in need of a microphone for a wider stage coverage, then consider pencil condensers which would be ideal as overhead mics.
For business related work such as conferences you will find that discreet neckband microphones with a wireless system provide you with the ability to move around the room whilst still producing an impressive voice pickup. Conference mics often have condenser capsules for sensitive pick up and goosenecks which are directed towards the speaker. Commonly placed left and right on the lectern, these are another great option.
Studio recording has specific requirements when it comes to microphones, its vital that the mic captures the most accurate sound. With this in mind condenser mics perform better than dynamic types, with better frequency and sensitivity. A common choice for the studio would be large condenser mics with high quality internal preamps. With these come various filters and pads which can be switched to suit certain voices or instruments.
With TV work a popular choice is lavalier mics which provide great speech pickup when recording, often used in broadcasting they would be a good choice for the most understated look. Another choice for broadcasting would be shotgun microphones which can accurately focus on a subject, also with condenser capsules they have high sensitivity and great efficiency. Its important to remember for recording a wider area you may want to consider boundary mics or array of pencil condensers.
We hope our guide on microphones has helped you gain a better understanding of our range of mics and which would be the best choice for you. Remember these are just the basics so if you’re looking for some more advice on your specific requirements head over to Gearooz.com where you can not only live chat with one of our specialists but you can check out our wide range of microphones on offer.