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Perfect for singers on the way up, the SM48 has many of the benefits of the SM58 at a very affordable price....
The M4000S 6-Pack Mic and Stand Kit comes with (6) Audio-Technica M4000S microphones, (6) 20-foot microphone...
Premium supercardioid dynamic microphone. Optimized for low-frequency bass punch and high-power SPL handling....
3 complete vocal mic stage setups at an unbeatable price.
Don't be fooled by the low price of this Shure mic and cable package. If the Shure SM58 is good enough for...
Leading the field for instrument miking in both studio applications and live performance, the Beta 87A has a...
Won't break like plastic.
Space-saving, compact drum and brass mics, ideal for close miking.
Use the 4 application-specific microphones in the DRDK 4-Piece Drum Mic Kit to capture the punch, detail, and...
Advanced enough for the studio, tough enough for the stage!
Hold your mic tight for perfect safety and placement.
An essential mic accessory!
Includes the highly accurate i5 for snare; 2 D2 mics for rack toms; the D-4 for floor tom (also for kick); 2 x...
Includes 3 Shure PG58 dynamic vocal mics, 3 - 20' cables, and 3 tripod boom mic stands.
Microphones are as much a part of music as the instruments and vocals themselves. Without these essential pieces of hardware, we would have no recording and there wouldn't be live amplification as we know it. There's a lot riding on your mics, so making the right choice is important. Fortunately, there are all kinds of amazing options right here to choose from, so as long as you're matching the mic to your needs, you can't go wrong.
If you're new to microphone-shopping, there are a few pieces of terminology that you'll need to know about. In particular, the key aspects are the type of microphone and its response pattern. Condenser mics are the most common type; they were the first practical kind to be invented, and a century of refinement has kept them top choices. They're popular because they're versatile, ready for use in all kinds of environments. Another type of mic is the ribbon, which delivers extremely high-quality results and is common in broadcast and studio use.
Two more styles are dynamic and shotgun microphones, which are essentially at opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of their applications. Dynamic mics like the Shure SM58 can be used for virtually anything, and they're the kind of microphone that we're all used to seeing in vocalists' hands onstage. Shotgun mics are used to pick up sound in a specific target area while cancelling out background noise, so they're great for recording individual instruments or vocals in live performances.
For response pattern, most microphones are cardioid, which means that they "hear" a sort of balloon-shaped area in front of them. A supercardioid mic is the same, but with the ability to pick up a small area behind it as well. Some microphones, especially ribbon mics, have figure-8 patterns that pick up two directions, good for interviews and duets. And shotgun microphones have a response pattern that's all their own: a narrow field directly where they're pointing.
Choosing a microphone will start with deciding on the type and response pattern that's right for you, then looking at features like connectivity - some even work over USB , for the digital junkies out there. Narrow the choices down by budget, and if you want everything you need to get your mic set up completely from scratch, consider a bundle with an included shockmount and pop filter. There are hundreds of options available to you here, so there's no doubt that the right microphones for your studio or stage are waiting to be found.