These days it's rare to find someone who doesn't play some kind of music. Instruments of all kinds have never been more accessible to the average consumer and people from all over want to record their talent. In this week's article, we can help you choose the right microphone for your instrument.
There are a few common types of microphones. By far, my favorite dynamic microphone for most instrument applications is the Audix i5. I have used many other very standard dynamic microphones. The i5 almost always has more body with some added high-end brilliance. For anything from snare drums and brass, to guitar cab and even live vocals, this is a great go-to microphone for less than the cost of an interface.
Lewittprides themselves on their condenser microphones and the versatility they have in the studio. The base model of an instrument microphone is the LCT-140. This is one of the most colorful, yet clean small-diaphragm condensers I have heard in this price range. You can even check out audio samples at the Lewitt website here. If you are looking for a great pair of overheads for drums, a matched pair kit of the LCT-140 is only $529!
This little microphone may not look like much, but it packs a lot a power when it comes to recording or reinforcing brass. The Shure PGA98H is a great option for live engineers and recording engineers alike. The way it captures the scream and body of brass instruments is loved by musicians all over the world. There is even a wireless option for convenience on stage!
For more than 80 years, Neumann has been the high-end staple in the professional studio environment. the SKM184 pair is no exception. These condensers are the successors of the very famous KM84 model, but have a small boost at 9kHz instead of being flat. This sounds a bit more exciting in comparison. These have a wide variety of use, but have a special place as drum overheads, orchestral and acoustic/classical guitar microphones. This pair is sure to take your recordings to the next level.
Everyday, we are reminded that we don't need deep pockets to make great recordings. Joe Meek, among many other brands, continue to prove that. The JM27 is a small diaphragm, electret condenser microphone meant to capture the best in your instruments with a little high-end boost to make them pop. You can buy a JM27 alone, or check out our many interfaces and live boards that include a JM27 and a free cable.
That wraps up the list of some of our favorite instrument microphones.
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