A guide to choosing and buying microphones

eds1275
By eds1275, on Nov 4 2010 at 1:31pm

I've been around the block enough times to know what makes a good purchase - here are some of my best tips on buying microphones, but most of the information here can be applied to purchasing anything in general.

#1
There should be some thought before you buy mics, and research done. Be
careful when you look reviews up on the internet, especially when
peeking at low-end mics, because people are usually really excited and
possibly even just getting their first mic that isn't from radio shack.
So basically, don't believe everything you read. Example: "d00d thiz mic
is my first and last mic. it rawks my sawks with itz ultra-high end
shockmount. behringer4life sw33t".

#2
Ignore no-name brand mics. No-name brands don't make anything in the
high end, so if you are considering a Behringer orĀ  Samson mic, you are
not looking to buy a great mic. So ignore these brands and get something
from the lower end by a reputable company. If you grow out of your mic
purchase, it's much easier to sell a shure PG57 than it is to sell an
Optimus rx90 turbosound w/ on off switch. [I made that last one up.
Well, the brand is real.]

#3 buy in stereo if you can.

#4 Consider what you are buying before you buy. Fewer decent mics make
for a much better recording than more shitty ones. For example 10 crappy
mics you get for $399 isn't gonna make your drums sound great. If you
buy 2 or 3 decent mics for that price, chances improve.

#5 make sure your mics are realistically multi-purpose. I can't imagine
you are going to use a beta 91 for more than a kickdrum, so you'd be
better off with a beta 52. Instead of an audix d2, try a sm57 or 56.

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