It’s a real microphone jungle out there! Hundreds of different types of mics are available. Which one is right for you?

The small home-studio needs only one or two. A professional studio will have dozens if not hundreds. Each mic has a distinctive sound and is used for a particular purpose.

There are two main types of microphone. The dynamic mic and the condenser mic. If you can afford only one for your home-studio then get a dynamic mic.

Shure SM57

For around $100, the Shure SM57 or SM58 is most highly recommended. It will record almost everything successfully including vocals.

But if you can afford a second mic, it may cost a little more but get a condenser mic. It’s better than a dynamic for some delicate acoustic instruments and it actually does a better job on most vocals.

Every different musical instrument is best captured by just one or two particular microphones. In our course you will learn how to select the correct mic for each job.

Once you have learned which mic to use for a particular job, you must know how and where to place it in relation to the sound that is to be captured. This is the art of microphone technique.

Rode condensor mic

You can’t just plonk down a mic anywhere and hope for a good result. It’s not as simple as you think. You will learn how to select and position the right mic for each particular job.

Miking vocals is also a special art. How many times have we heard: “I don’t like the sound of my voice.”You will also be encouraged to experiment and discover new ways with which to produce your own unique sounds. (30 more pages on this in you course)