Best Mics For Recording Guitar – Best Mics For Recording Vocals

Mics is shorthand for Microphones. We have been looking at guitars, bass guitars and recording machines most recently. While guitars and basses can be plugged direct into the Tascam DP-32 or the computer (if you insist on banging you head on the desk) with an interface to use DAW. Just don’t. Mics are the only way to record vocals into the machine.

So if you’re a Jazz player or classical player you can get away with not owning any mics, if you are equipped with a pickup for you instrument. I assume they have pickups of one sort or another for virtually any instrument.

Having said that, I would always prefer to record an acoustic guitar with microphones. All the magnificent guitars in Paul Clark’s 1996 collection were recorded with microphones, on my record. We used a matched pair of Shure SM 81 mics, a great small diaphragm condenser mic for the guitars.

==>>See MORE of Shure SM 81 Here<<==

Condenser Mics like the Shure here require 48 volt phantom power integrated into the DP 24 and DP 32 as well virtually any DAW interface and the Mixing Boards we have looked at before.

Shure SM 57

==>>See The Legendary Shure SM 57 Here<<==

 

Shure SM 58

 

 

==>>See The Shure SM 58 Dynamic Mic Here<<==

Dynamic mics like the proven road warrior Shure SM 57 able to survive dynamite (don’t try this at home). Dynamic Microphones like the Shure SM 57 or the vocal mike SM 58 do not require phantom power. Plug and play.

Both of these mics are much less money than the top flight Shure SM 81. The 57 and the 58 are standards on most stages and usually in studios also. The 57 is used for drums and guitars normally, the 58 a handheld vocal mic.  Use a stand.

Many other manufacturers make dynamic mics and I’ve owned AKG mics also. I like the Shure Mics, especially at this price.

Another great name in Microphones the last few years is an Australian outfit Rode. They build one of the most popular large diaphragm mics used in studios and on stages the world over. It is excellent with the reputation as the quietest studio mic in the world.

The Rode NT 1A kit comes with a shock mount and a cloth bag for the mic and an XLR mic cable. The large diaphragm mic is best used for vocals but it does a great job recording acoustic guitars also. It can take sound pressure up to 120 db.

The NT 1A is a little more money than the Shure SM 57 and SM 58 Dynamic mics but less than the Shure SM 81. I own 2 Rode NT 1A mics. I do recommend them highly.

 

==>>Learn About The Rode NT 1A Here<<==

Another type of microphone used and recommended by some producers is the ribbon mic. The ribbon mic instead of a hard diaphragm has, as the name implies a piece of magnetic ribbon which catches and transforms the sound into electric vibration to produce output sound.

These mics are more delicate than dynamic mics or condenser mics. It is a must that you always make sure the phantom power is off before you plug in the ribbon mike. Also that you make sure it is not plugged in when you turn on the phantom power.

Phantom power will damage the ribbon mic they say. I have personally not owned a ribbon mic but after viewing a demo of a vocal session with numerous sound samples I have my eye on one for my studio. Shure and Rode also make ribbon mics.

Other mics manufacturers like MXL, Cascade, eS Electronics also available at zZounds my favorite music online destination due to the way I have been taken care of by their great customer service staff. I personally like the Rode NTR Premium Active Ribbon Mic.

==>>A Variety Of Ribbon Mics And Range<<==

The last type of Microphone is the Tube Mic. The Rode NTK used with a tube mic pre amp powering the tube in the mic gives a warm active sound.

The NTK was used to record my vocal tracks on my record. No Melodyne Pitch Correction or any of that nonsense on the CD or recordings. There it is as they say warts and all.

I had never seen a tube microphone before the day we started recording vocals. I like this mic very much. It is a very good vocal mic.

 

==>>Rode NTK Tube Mic Here<<==

Now you have a cursory education about mics. The varieties, Dynamic, Condenser (small and large diaphragm), Ribbon and Tube mics. You know a little about the different uses and price ranges. I highly recommend for an acoustic guitar player starting with the Shure SM 57 (guitar) and the Shure SM 57 (vocals) at $ 99 each.

Plenty of time to spend bigger money on a different (notice I did not say better) mic. The Shure 57 and 58 are tried and true professional mics that offer dependability and durability. Great value!

Thank you for visiting my site. I appreciate your valued comments and invite any questions below also and I will answer them. Please come back again. Chris.

6 thoughts on “Best Mics For Recording Guitar – Best Mics For Recording Vocals”

  1. Hello there! this is an amazing review you have got here. I am sure these quality informations in this post will be of great help to anyone who come across it. Shure has been my band’s favorite mics since we started and till date it has been an awesome experience with them.

    I have tried the Shure SM 58 and it lasts longer.

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    • Thank you Joy, for your comment.  Thank you for your compliment.  Shure Mics have been the standard for dynamic mics since I can remember.  I still remember a poster in a music store when I was fifteen.  I had a picture of Mick Jagger singer for the Rolling Stones one of my favorite bands.  I had a picture of Mick holding and singing into a Shure SM 58 and the caption was “Mick’s Mic.”  I think the Shure SM 58 is hard to beat for a live vocal mic.  I also love the Shure SM 57 for guitars.  Thank you again Joy.  Chris.   

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  2. Hello there, Thanks for sharing this awesome article I know it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me. For me, I think a Dynamic would be better of that a condenser mic as since one would need a louder and more production sound of what do you think….Condenser mic and Dynamic mic which one would be better??

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    • Hello Ismeglamour.  Thank you for your comment and question.  The question of dynamic versus condenser depends on the budget and intended use.  The Rode NT 1A is the quietest recording mic in the world.  But if you want mics for studio and live shows the dynamic mic is the way to go because dynamite won’t hurt them.

      Right now I own two Rode NT 1A mics.  One I bought new with the kit.  I found the other one as a trade in for $99.  It had the shock mount and pop filter.  For guitar I think a Shure SM 57 is hard to beat.  I will say I have never done a careful side by side with the Rode vs the SM 57.  

      When I first started getting back into recording in 2011 I bought Studio One and two MXL condenser mics (a small and a large diaphram) and those mics which were just OK.  Once I decided on limited use of DAW, I bought the DP-24.  Loved it.  So I bought the first Rode NT 1A.  Ran across the second one and bought it.  

      I was actually there that day to buy a Shure SM 57.  For vocals I have had my eye on the Super 55 Deluxe. (about the same money as the Rode) I played in a band for about five years 2013-2018 and one of the other guitar players had a couple of those and let me use it.  Made no sense to carry the condenser mic with a rugged Shure on hand.  I think the Shure Super 55 for vocals and the SM 57 for guitar will do recording and live performance very well.    

      It produced strong smooth vocals.  I truly like that mic and have a lot of experience with it.  Before too long I will have one.  And a Shure SM 57 or three to mic guitars and drums.  Thank you again for your comment.  I hope this helps you in your decision making.  Chris.    

       

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  3. I had never thought of all the different mics and how some are better for different applications.  I was thinking of getting my son one for his up coming birthday.  He plays guitar and wants to get one for that, he also sings.  I am really not very schooled in this area so wonder what you could suggest for the best mic for him.

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    • Thank you for your question.  Does your son play electric or acoustic?  If electric then the Shure SM 58 having a Cardioid pattern and does a good job rejecting sound from the back so it won’t feed back as easily.  Answering your questions is my main reason for this site and these posts.  I dare say virtually every single high profile singer songwriter on the face of the earth started with a Shure SM 57 Dynamic mic for acoustic guitar and a Shure SM 58 for singing.  That is what I started with and it is reasonably priced today as it was then. And he will need a mic stand or two also available on zZounds.  If he plays electric one stand will do.  If he plays acoustic I recommend two boom stands to make for less interference with his guitar while he sings.  I hope I have answered your question to your satisfaction.  Please enquirer again as you need or want.  Thank you again.  Chris.     

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