How Does A Dynamic Microphone Work? Your Simple Guide to This Essential Tool

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. But how does a dynamic microphone work? 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 … Read more

Simple Microphone Techniques For Studio Recording That Never Fail to Deliver

Check out these simple microphone techniques for studio recording

Applying a variety of microphone techniques for studio recording 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 … Read more

Exactly How Does a Condenser Microphone Work?

How does a condenser microphone work? Here's a simple diagram to help explain.

Condenser microphones are the perfect type of mic to use when you want to capture a clear and well-defined recording with lots of detail. But just how does a condenser microphone work? Sounds that have lots of high-frequency content are best suited to condensers – like vocals, pianos, and acoustic guitars. If you’re just starting to … Read more

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 … Read more

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. … Read more

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. … Read more

The Microphone’s Polar Pattern – The Only 6 You’ll Need To Know

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 … Read more

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 … Read more