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The Different Types Of Microphones

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DYNAMIC MICROPHONES

The Dynamic Microphone is a good all rounder microphone which can be used for vocals, recording drums as well as guitar amps. They are fairly low cost. Most common types are the Shure SM57 and the Shure SM58.

Overall a dynamic microphone is a sturdier and more reliable microphone option for those who play live, record their vocals or guitars at high levels and swing their microphones around due to the fact if you drop them they’ll be ok. They take an awful lot of noise before they start to distort, so for heavier guitars and more aggressive vocals in a live setting, this microphone is for you. The technical bit is that these microphones use a moving coil magnetic diaphragm to produce the audio signal and can handle high Sound Pressure Levels (SPL).

CONDENSER MICROPHONES

Ideal for recording vocals or acoustic guitars

Perfect for precision recording and capturing subtle nuances on pianos or acoustic guitars. It is very sensitive to breathing and “popping” and it is not suitable for high volume recording i.e. a guitar amp.

Condenser microphones are extremely sensitive and due to the fact they use a conductive diaphragm which vibrates with sound pressure and uses capacitance to create the audio signal, they are very susceptible to distorting at higher levels, so not ideal for recording guitar amps up close. You will often see a condenser microphone with a popper stopper or “pop shield” filter placed in front of it when someone is recording vocals with them. This is to stop excess air pressure vibrating the microphone. Due to the fact they are so sensitive, you get a far more natural and transparent recording with a condenser microphone.

RIBBON MICROPHONES

Extremely sensitive microphone

Great for vocals, choirs, piano, strings, and woodwind

Perfect for recording multi-instruments in a room

Often described as a more vintage vibe

Can be quite expensive

Ribbon mics are for the recording connoisseur (and those with a little extra funds to spare), and often those who want a vintage sounding vibe to their recording. Ribbon mics have an uncanny ability to record an entire room beautifully, record higher notes associated with woodwind or strings accurately and relay more ambient sounds. These features make these microphones very popular with those who want to record a wide range of acoustic instruments professionally.

With a myriad of different microphones out there we highlight some of the best microphones by type and what you would use them to record.

DYNAMIC MICROPHONES FOR VOCALS AND AMPLIFIERS AND ALL PURPOSE RECORDING

The Shure SM57 microphone is an industry standard mic that is a must-have in your studio. They are extremely durable and are perfect for recording high volume and percussive instruments such as snare drums, guitar amplifiers and even vocals. It’s a safe bet that any album you own uses one of these very affordable microphones.

Another industry standard comes in the form of the Shure SM58 microphone. Ideal for touring musicians and those who record frequently, the mesh grille, windshield and sturdy construction ensure this mic will not only stand the test of time, but happily take any abuse you throw at it. Ideal for vocals, floor toms and even bass amplifiers.

CONDENSER MICROPHONES SPECIFICALLY FOR ACOUSTIC GUITARS AND VOCALS

The SE X1 S Condenser microphone is a professional grade condenser mic with an affordable price tag. It’s a no-nonsense microphone perfect for recording studio quality vocals and acoustic instruments, and it’s built to last too! The toughened steel grille protects the hand built large-diaphragm, gold-sputtered capsule and electronics inside. As far as condenser mics go, you’re best starting here.

Top 10 Greatest Drummer of all time

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Neil Peart

Neil Ellwood Peart (born September 12, 1952 in Hamilton, Canada) is a Canadian-American musician and author, best known as the drummer and primary lyricist for the rock band Rush. Peart has received numerous awards for his musical performances.

John Bonham

John Henry Bonham was born on May 31, 1948 in Redditch, United Kingdom. Bonham (nicknamed Bonzo) was a professional hard rock drummer who was best known for being the drummer in the band Led Zeppelin. Bonham was also one of the background singers in the band. His drumming is mainly displayed on the tracks “Moby Dick” and “When the Levee Breaks”.

John was claimed to be one of the friendliest guys you could meet, yet, would drink a lot and have a complete, negative change in personality. This caused Bonham, later at Jimmy Page’s house in his sleep, to die from inhalation and asphyxiation of vomit after drinking 40 shots of vodka on September 25, 1980 in Clewer, United Kingdom. He was just 32. John Paul Jones and Led Zeppelin’s road manager had found him dead in the guest bed, which was devastating for Jones. After Bonham’s tragic death, Robert Plant, Bonzo’s closest friend, later stepped into the room of Jimmy Page. John Paul Jones and simply stated, “We can’t go on without Bonzo,” causing Led Zeppelin to split, and no longer make music. However, years later, a Led Zeppelin reunion was staged, with his son Jason on drums.

John Bonham is considered the best rock drummer that ever lived for some, but is really remembered for how much a charming spirit he truly was and his amazing skill.

Keith Moon

Keith John Moon was an English drummer for the rock band the Who. He was noted for his unique style and his eccentric, often self-destructive behaviour. His drumming continues to be praised by critics and musicians.

Mike Portnoy

Michael Portnoy is an American drummer primarily known as the former drummer, backing vocalist, and a co-founder of the progressive metal/rock band Dream Theater. Known for his technical skill as a drummer, Portnoy has won 30 awards from the Modern Drummer magazine.

Buddy Rich

Bernard “Buddy” Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Widely considered one of the most influential drummers of all time and known for his virtuoso technique, power, and speed, Rich was billed as “the world’s greatest drummer” during his career.

Dave Grohl

David Eric “Dave” Grohl is an American rock musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, producer and film director. He is best known as the former drummer of the hugely popular 90s grunge band Nirvana and the vocalist/guitarist for the alternative rock band Foo Fighters. He has sat behind the drums for many bands and artists, most notably: Queens of the Stone Age, Tenacious D, Ghost B.C, Them Crooked Vultures, Tom Petty, Nine Inch Nails, Pearl Jam, David Bowie, Scream, Probot and many, many more.

Glen Power

Lars Ulrich

Lars Ulrich is a Danish drummer and one of the founding members of the American thrash metal band Metallica.

Dave Lombardo

David “Dave” Lombardo is a Cuban American drummer, best known as a co-founding member of the American thrash metal band Slayer.

Ginger Baker

Peter Edward “Ginger” Baker is an English drummer, best known as the founder of the rock band Cream. His work in the 1960s earned him the reputation of “rock’s first superstar drummer,” while his individual style melds a jazz background with African rhythms.

Top 10 best guitarist ever

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Jimmi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix (born November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American rock guitarist, singer, and songwriter .

Jimmy page

James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

Eddie Van Halen

Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

Eric Clapton

Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

Slash

Saul Hudson, known professionally as Slash, is a British-American musician and songwriter. He is best known as the lead guitarist of the American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses, with whom he achieved worldwide success in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

David Gilmour

David Jon Gilmour is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He joined the progressive rock band Pink Floyd as guitarist and co-lead vocalist in 1968.

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and one of the most important figures in the revival of blues in the 1980s.

Kirk Hammett

Kirk Lee Hammett is the lead guitarist and songwriter for the heavy metal band Metallica and has been a member of the band since 1983. Before joining Metallica he formed and named the band Exodus.

Tony Lommi

Anthony Frank “Tony” Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band’s sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle and ring fingers on his right hand, and considered giving up music. His boss encouraged him to continue playing by playing a record of the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt who became famous even though his fretting hand was limited due to an injury. He carried on and down tuned his guitar for easier playing, which helped give birth to heavy metal music.

Dimebag Darrell

Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside his brother, Vinnie Paul. Abbott died in 2004 after he was shot by a mentally unstable fan.

Rode NT2-A MICROPHONE

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With Large-diaphragm condenser microphone for recording purposes Microphone ever. The Rode NT2A is one of best microphones of all time.

Rode NT2-2 is an Australian-based designer and manufacturer of microphopnes, related accessories and audio software. Its products are used in studio and location sound recording along with live sound reinforcement.

10 best multi-effects pedals

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1. Line 6 Helix

The best multi-effects pedal for pro players

2. Boss GT-1000 Guitar Effects Processor

The Japanese pedal giant shoots for the high-end with its latest multi-effects

3. Fractal AX8

The best amp modeller in a floor-based unit

4. Boss GT-1 Guitar Effects Processor

The best affordable multi-effects pedal for beginners

5. Line 6 HX Effects

Don’t need amp modelling? This is the best multi-effects pedal for you

6. HeadRush Pedalboard

Top-notch amp modelling, tons of effects and a killer touchscreen

7. Eventide H9

Studio-worthy effects from the harmonizer legend

8. Boss MS-3 Multi Effects Switcher

Multi-effects and switching combined: the best option for pedalboards

9. Tech 21 Fly Rig 5

Everything you need for a gig, in the smallest, simplest possible package

10. Zoom MS-50G MultiStomp

Need a huge range of effects from a small space at a low price? Zoom has the answer

Difference between shure SM57 and shure SM58

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The Shure SM58 is the same microphone as the SM57, Except the SM58 has a different grill and some extra padding that means the SM58 is better suited for vocals.

Both microphones have a heart shaped cardioidpolar pattern. This means they are the most sensitive in front (on axis) and the least sensitive from behind (null point).