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Microphones are essential tools in any recording studio. There are three different types of microphone: Dynamic, Condenser and Ribbon. Any respectable recording studio will have many different mics of all kinds, but even if you're just setting up your home project studio, owning at least a couple of different mics will give you a better and more versatile setup. PMT Online stocks a wide range of great-quality mics to suit any budget and need. Orders over £99 are eligible for FREE Next Day Delivery, and you can also Reserve & Collect any item in-store.
The nuances created by your voice on the mic will be a sign of your individuality as a performer. A microphone, which works well for one type of vocalist, may sound inferior on another's. At a PMT High-Tech store you can experiment with various mics to hear the way each responds to your voice.
Typically, a Dynamic Microphone such as the Shure SM58 is used for live vocals, as they offer exceptional feedback resistance, high output and are robust and stage efficient. They can also be used in the studio, though most producers prefer condenser mics when recording vocals. Other uses in the studio include mic'ing guitar amps and drum kits. If you absolutely can only afford one mic, choosing a dynamic one might be your best choice, due to their reliability and versatility - even though they are not the best professional choice.
They are usually seen in recording studios as the main choice for recording vocals and acoustic guitars, but they can also be used for more sensitive sound sources, overheads for cymbals, choirs and orchestral instruments. Different types of condensers use technology such as vacuum tubes or solid-state. Tube mics are renown for their warmth and expression and have become the favorite of studio producers world over for recording great vocals. Many solid-state mic's use FET technology, offering great sensitive and high outputs, handling the more aggressive vocals very well.
Ribbon Microphones can offer a richer and more expressive sound, and be a perfect choice for using in front of guitar amps or as a great alternative to condenser mics, for a bit more character.
Condensers and ribbons are frequently used in recording studios, and are the first choice for tracking vocals and intricate instruments due to their clarity.
USB Microphones are a great option if you're recording on a budget on your laptop, PC or mobile device. No professional studio uses them, but the quality has improved over the past few years and products such as the new Shure Motiv Range offer an outstanding audio quality, and make this type of mic perfect for podcasting, vloggers or singer-songwriters recording demos at home or on the go.
At PMT we know what it takes to record great vocals, and we offer a great choice of mics to suit any vocal type. Our featured brands included the excellent sE Electronics range, AKG, Shure, Neumann and many others.