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.
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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
Shure SM 58
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.
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.
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.
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!
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