Today, we're diving into the fascinating world of microphones. Whether you're a seasoned performer or just starting to explore your singing capabilities, having the right microphone in your tool kit is crucial. In this blog, I'll explore four different types of microphones that every singer should consider adding to their collection. These are not the only types of mics available. However, these are four that I use regularly and that I have found the most useful. Ok let's get started.
Condenser Mic: Capturing Every Nuance
My first stop is the world of condenser microphones. Known for their exceptional sensitivity and clarity, these mics are perfect for studio recordings and at home recordings and capturing the subtleties of your voice.
You can use these to recording yourself singing or speaking. They are great for both. Whilst we are on the subject of recording, learning to record and mix your own vocals, is one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself as a singer. I think I will write a separate blog about that.
Condenser mics require an audio interface or mixer to work. I personally use a USB Focusrite interface that plugs directly into my Mac Book. There are plenty of Condenser mics on the market. I use the Rode NT1 Conderser mic, I have had it for years. Its proven to be such a great investment. However, there are many others that are widely used such as the Neumann U87. The Neumann U87 does not suit my voice as much as other mics, even though it is considered to be one of the best condenser microphone in the industry. The key is to find a condenser mic that suits your voice and your tone.
Shure SM58: The Legendary Workhorse
Ah, the Shure SM58—a microphone so iconic, it deserves its own fan club. If you're a performer who loves to hit the stage, this mic is your ultimate partner-in-crime. It's easily my favourite microphone because of its durability and stability. Built like a tank, it can withstand even the wildest stage antics, making it a staple in live music environments. Not to mention, its warm and dynamic sound signature ensures your vocals cut through the mix with authority. This mic is not just for live environments. I will often use my SM58 to record demos, passing it through my Interface in the same way that I do with my condenser mic. The SM58 is also great for cancelling noise, which I think is also why it works so well in live settings. If you are just starting out as a singer and looking to buy your first microphone, I would argue that this should be your first purchase.
Wireless Microphone: Embrace Freedom
If there's one major con of the SM58, it would be the fact that it is not wireless. Now that is fine if during your live performances, you play and instrument and do not need to move. However if you are more of a performer, chances are, you will need a mic that is wireless.
With a wireless microphone system, you will be able to move freely on stage without worrying about tripping over cables. From energetic dance routines to soulful ballads, these mics offer the flexibility you need to connect with your audience on a whole new level. Check out reliable options like the Sennheiser EW 100 G4 or the Shure BLX series and set yourself free! There are also other brands that sell wireless mics, its worth doing a bit of research before you purchase.
Lapel Mic: Vlogging Made Easy
Ok, so, this final mic is optional and is really only for those singers who like to make videos about their journey as a singer. When it comes to vlogging and creating online content, a lapel microphone is your secret weapon. These tiny yet mighty mics clip discreetly onto your clothing, capturing your voice with clarity while minimising background noise. Whether you're filming interviews, travel vlogs, or simply sharing your thoughts, lapel mics are here to ensure your audio is crystal clear, even on the go! They are super affordable and will elevate the quality of your output when it comes to Vlogging and creating online Content.
And there you have it, my four must-have microphones for your singing tool kit. Each microphone brings its own unique flavour to the table, allowing you to explore and experiment with your voice in different scenarios. Whether you're belting it out on stage, creating captivating content, or perfecting your studio recordings, these microphones will be your faithful companions on your musical journey.
Remember, the world of microphones is vast, and these are just a taste of what's out there. Feel free to try different models, experiment, and find the microphone that resonates with your voice and style. Happy singing, and may your vocals soar to new heights!
P.S. If you have any favourite microphones or stories to share, I'd love to hear them in the comments below!
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