Every artist knows the benefits of a good microphone, especially if they are the lead singer of the band, or just want to sound like Prince. Among the many different types of microphones, most of the today’s market rests on two – dynamic and condenser microphones.
However, in addition to these basic types, engineers have developed individual models that use the one or the other system to give the best audio support to an artist. Today, we want to share some thoughts on the popular kinds of microphones on the market.
Wireless microphones share much in common with dynamic mics, as they don’t need the cord to operate. This is their strongest advantage over the other types of receivers. With a wireless microphone, you will be able to move freely across the stage. This mic is the great option for dynamic public speakers and hosts who need to go around a lot.
Clip On Microphones
Clip On Microphones is the essential gear for anchors and hosts. Singers, however, can’t benefit from them, since they are not meant for the actual full-time performance. On the other hand, they can be useful for violin players, for example. The main feature of this microphones is their ability to be put whenever the player wants. That way, he will be able to control the proximity of the mic to the instrument, which will reflect on the sound quality.
Headsets are somewhere in between clip on microphones and wireless microphones. They are great gear for those who like to jump, run, or move around during the show. However, they are more sensitive to movement, especially if they are the corded ones. Additionally, there are various types of headsets, from wireless (not attached to the base, which allows you to move freely) to the computer and Bluetooth headsets.
Great stuff for amateur musicians or someone who wants that “plug and play” effect. USB mics require no audio interface, which makes them incredibly easy to use. These mics have an installed interface which automatically converts audio input to digital output. On top of that, they are convenient for mobile recording because you can plug them in your laptop and record as you go.
Studio Microphones for Vocals
These mics are primarily used in the studio, which means they are designed with some unique features. Most studio mics are coming with additional filters that are disabling the background noise and give the ultimate sound quality. On the other hand, they can offer different polar patterns (which represents the way a mic captures the sound) to suit individual needs of a singer or a player.
Choosing the right microphone for you mostly depends on your needs, so the big question is what are you going to use the mic for? Pay particular attention to the mics if you’re a pro because you can’t save on the quality.