A microphone is typically the beginning of your signal path. There are 4
categories of microphones to choose from, and several options within
each category. As you build your microphone collection, and develop
your ears, you will know what category of mic to choose when
tracking an instrument. Also, you will develop favorites within each
category. The following are the Art Beyond Audio Group's favorites...
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Commonly used in live performances, dynamic microphones can also be used in certain recording scenarios.
Benefits: durable, versatile, able to withstand very high volume.
Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones (SDCs)
Extremely versatile recording microphones. Excellent room microphones, on-location microphones, and stereo pairs. Typically
interchangeable with dynamic microphones for added sound quality.
Benefits: versatile, good sound quality.
Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones (LDCs)
Excellent microphones for close, intimate, instrument and vocal recording. Also useful as room microphones or stereo pairs.
Benefits: good sound quality.
Excellent instrument and vocal recording microphones, as well as distance microphones. Ribbons are fragile microphones, but their
sound quality is unmatched.
Benefits: very good sound quality.
Direct input boxes are to be used when you wish to record an electric instrument through its line output. DIs can also be used to
reduce interference your cables must travel a long distance.
Benefits: Eliminates the need for a microphone.