Why You Should Use a Mic Stand to Position Your Microphone

A basic mic stand - the boom arm places the mic in position

A mic stand will hold and position your recording microphone in your home studio so you can record tracks for your songs and productions. Without a stand your microphone would pick up and record all sorts of knocks, bumps, and vibrations that would ruin a take, causing the recording to be unusable. Microphone stands are […]

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Why Dynamic Microphones are Essential for Your Home Studio

How dynamic microphones work

Dynamic microphones are the tougher brother of condenser microphones, and are perfect for recording loud sources like guitar amplifiers and drum kits. Some well-known classics are the Shure SM57 and SM58 – you’ll probably find these in every studio in the world! The first microphone I ever purchased was a Shure SM58 so I could record my guitar amp at home. […]

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Why a Microphone Preamp is Used to Boost Your Mic Signals

A vintage outboard preamp

When you record sound with a microphone, a microphone preamp is needed to boost the signal so it’s high enough to actually be recorded. The preamp is connected to the gain control found at the input stage of a mixing desk or an audio interface. Preamps are often misunderstood, but they’re actually simple to understand. […]

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Why it’s Important to Pay Attention to a Microphone’s Polar Pattern

A microphone’s polar pattern is a way of showing the ‘directional sensitivity‘ of the microphone. Some microphones have fixed patterns, whilst others are able to switch between many different patterns. It can also be described as the ‘pick-up pattern‘ of the microphone, and the pattern shows how well a mic responds to a sound depending […]

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When to Use a USB Microphone

A microphone with a USB connector

The USB microphone is a type of microphone that has become more and more popular over recent years. They’re aimed more towards the podcasting market and are best suited to the spoken voice, such as in radio or voiceover work. But they can also be used for singing, or any sound source that is relatively […]

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How to Choose the Right Recording Microphones for Your Studio

Recording microphones – we all need them in our studio, but choosing the right microphone for the right situation can sometimes be tricky. I get asked lots of questions when it comes to choosing the right microphone for recording: Where should I place my mic? What type of mic should I use for each instrument? […]

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The Best Vocal Mic – Discover The Top 5 for Your Home Studio

Find the best vocal mic for your home studio in this Top 5 list

Recording in your home studio with the best vocal mic that you can get is one of the easiest ways to upgrade and improve the quality of your songs and productions. Lead vocals are the focal point of any song – using the right mic will help them to stand out and connect with the […]

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How Condenser Microphones Can Improve Your Home Recordings

How condenser microphones work

Condenser microphones are the perfect type of mic to use when you want to capture a clear and well-defined recording. Sounds that have lots of high-frequency content are best suited to condensers – sources like vocals, pianos, and acoustic guitars. If you’re just starting to look into microphones for your own studio setup, I would […]

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How to Use Different Microphone Techniques During Recording

Simple microphone techniques can be used to capture your recordings

Applying a variety of microphone techniques can help you to expand the range of sounds you can achieve from your recordings. Each microphone setup has its own features leading to its own characteristics, and this variation can lead to interesting and creative dimensions in your mixes and productions. You may think that vocals and instruments […]

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