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How to Choose and Use Microphones

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There are a lot of options when buying a mic, and there are endless ways to use them. This collection of tutorials will help you choose the right mic, show you how to position them correctly, and give you a bunch of techniques in how to use them.

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  • Equipment
    10 Best Affordable Microphones for the Home StudioHomemicspreview
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    Making music is perhaps one of the most expensive hobbies in the world—that is, aside from tasting truffles. When you’re looking to set up a decent home studio, it’s hard to find a way to stay within budget without ending up with a terrible sound. Here are ten options to minimize expenditure while still getting a decent sound out of your system at the end of the day, by buying smart when it comes to one of the most important types of studio equipment: microphones.Read More…
  • Microphones
    11 of the Best Studio Microphones Ever + How and When to Use ThemStudiomics
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    Finally, your project has the budget for a nice studio with a good microphone closet. When you get there, you want to make sure you are acquainted with common studio microphones so you make wise and informed miking decisions when it's time to record. Here is a casual rather than technical walkthrough of some microphones you are likely to encounter in any professional recording studio, and how to get the most out of them when the time comes. Plus: prepare for some eye-candy!Read More…
  • Recording
    The Beginner’s Guide to MicrophonesMicrophones
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    We’ve published a few lists of microphones for those in the market before, but we’ve never given you a proper introduction to microphones before today. Microphones are generally not well understood and one of those key elements that gives away a home recording is the wrong microphone used for the job. It’s actually quite easy to make microphone decisions if you know the basics, whether you need to pick one out or place it properly.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    How To Mic Any InstrumentThumb
    Have you ever been confronted by an instrument you've never recorded before and thought, "How the heck am I going to mic that thing?" Well, before you lose credibility by getting caught Googling "How to mic a dulcigurdy," here are some techniques that will give you a place to start.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Making Your Microphone Placement WorkThumb
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    Miking up an instrument isn't an easy thing. It's not like a digital camera where you point towards what you want to capture and then click. Super cool vacation photo! You might not end up with a great photo, but you can certainly make it better afterwards. Not to offend photographers, but in audio, if you have a lousy source sound from the beginning, you are going to end up with a lousy mixed sound in the end.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    When (and How) to Use an Under-Snare MicrophonePreview
    Getting a great snare sound is a crucial aspect of the whole drum recording experience. The snare drives the back beat and is the backbone of the whole drum sound. In order to capture the full sound of the snare drum you must know how to capture and use the snare drum's most important sound, the snares. If the snare drum didn't have the snares rattling underneath it would just be a really shallow sounding tom. The best way to capture the snare sound properly is to not use one microphones but two. One on top and one below.Read More…
  • Recording
    Microphone Technique for VocalistsMic
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    Last week we looked at how microphones work and covered everything you need to know to decipher how a microphone works from its name. This week, we’re looking at vocal microphone technique: how you might select a microphone for various vocal situations, and how to work with the microphone to get the best results. Read More…
  • Recording
    6 Stereo Miking Techniques You Can Use TodayMicsthumb
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    Twice a month we revisit some of our reader favorite posts from throughout the history of Audiotuts+. This tutorial was first published in August 2008. Stereo miking is a great way to increase the sense of depth in your recording of an instrument. Here are six stereo miking techniques you can try out today. We’ll start with the basics and then move to some more exciting options.Read More…
  • General
    Open Mic: Tell Us About Your Favorite MicrophoneOpenmic
    Microphones come in all shapes and sizes, a variety of designs, and come as cheap or expensive as you like? What is your favorite mic? Each Tuesday we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance.Read More…
  • Open Mic
    Open Mic: Tell Us About the Microphone You Use the MostOpenmic
    Which microphone do you actually use the most? Each Tuesday we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance.Read More…
  • Open Mic
    Open Mic: What Is Your Favorite Microphone?Openmic
    Each week we open our mic to readers and lurkers alike to come out of the woodwork and tell us your thoughts and opinion, your experiences and mistakes, what you love and what you hate. We want to hear from you, and here’s your chance. Do you have a favorite microphone or two? One you turn to all the time, or a favorite you have for a specific purpose? Let us know the brand and model of your favorite mic or two, and what you love about it/them.Read More…
  • General
    11 Videos to Improve Your Vocal Microphone TechniquePreview
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    To get a great vocal sound you need an amazing voice, the right microphone, and correct mic technique. Here are 10 Youtube videos that will improve your vocal microphone technique, and one that's just for fun.Read More…
  • Audio Production
    Quick Tip: Microphone Basics—Dynamic and CondenserCover
    Microphones can be a confusing area for the newly indoctrinated audio engineer. Dynamic and condenser microphones are the two main varieties Let's take a look at the fundamental differences and which sort you should choose for different recording applications. Read More…