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Dynamic Microphones

Shure SM57


Shure SM57

Small
DiaphragmIn a microphone the diaphragm is a thin membrane up to 1" in diameter that converts sound waves into electrical current. A loudspeaker diaphragm does exactly the reverse.
diaphragm
dynamic mics are the most common choice for guitar amps, and the workhorse Shure SM57 is the one that most engineers reach for first. The SM57 performs just as well in the studio as it does on the stage, and with its extremely effective
CardioidA heart-shaped microphone response pattern. In effect, cardioid mics are generally directional, but not strongly unidirectional.
cardioid
PickupA device for converting sound into an electronic signal, usually by direct contact with the instrument body or by magnetic interaction with the strings, as opposed to a microphone which picks up sound vibrations in the air.
pickup
pattern, small changes in angle or position can cause considerable changes to the sound. Even though it was introduced way back in 1965, it is to this day an industry standard. Some prefer its newer cousin, the
BetaSecond letter in the Greek alphabet. Commonly used to denote a piece of software in its final testing stage before release.
Beta
57, which has an extended frequency response and a 4dB hotter output level.


Large
DiaphragmIn a microphone the diaphragm is a thin membrane up to 1" in diameter that converts sound waves into electrical current. A loudspeaker diaphragm does exactly the reverse.
diaphragm
dynamic Microphones

Another popular dynamic
MicrophoneA device which converts airborne sound into an electrical signal.
mic
for recording electric guitar amps is the Sennheiser MD 421, which unlike the SM57 has a large
DiaphragmIn a microphone the diaphragm is a thin membrane up to 1" in diameter that converts sound waves into electrical current. A loudspeaker diaphragm does exactly the reverse.
diaphragm
and a five position
BassThe lowest part of the audio frequency range; in popular music, a (generally) rhythmic, low frequency melodic line emphasising the root notes of the chord progression.
bass
control, enhancing its ‘all-rounder’ qualities. This is an extremely versatile
MicrophoneA device which converts airborne sound into an electrical signal.
mic
which can be used to record a variety of amplifiers, instruments as well as
GroupThe combination of a number of audio channels in hardware or software so that they may be controlled together.
group
vocals.

Sennheiser e606


Sennheiser e606

Other common
AmplifierA device for increasing the power of a signal by taking power from a supply and shaping the output to match the input signal.
amplifier
recording
MicrophoneA device which converts airborne sound into an electrical signal.
microphones
from Sennheiser are the super-cardioid e606 and e906, which are designed to rest directly on the guitar amp’s face, as did their legendary predecessor the MD409. Because of their design, they can be used without a stand simply by hanging the
MicrophoneA device which converts airborne sound into an electrical signal.
mic
by its cable from the top of the speaker or combo, offering a subtly distinctive sound.


Condenser Microphones

Even the most basic studio setup should have a condenser
MicrophoneA device which converts airborne sound into an electrical signal.
mic
at hand, and every pro-studio will have a variety to choose from. Recording a guitar
AmpereUnit of current; the amount of electricity flowing through a conductor. One Ampere is equal to the flow of 6.25x10^18 electrons through a conductor in one second.
amp
with a condenser
MicrophoneA device which converts airborne sound into an electrical signal.
mic
will give you a very different result to a dynamic
MicrophoneA device which converts airborne sound into an electrical signal.
mic
- a condenser
MicrophoneA device which converts airborne sound into an electrical signal.
mic
alone often sounds a little transparent, but when used in conjunction with a dynamic (see the positioning section above) can give great results. Bear in mind that you will generally get a more acceptable sound from a condenser at reasonable distance from the
AmpereUnit of current; the amount of electricity flowing through a conductor. One Ampere is equal to the flow of 6.25x10^18 electrons through a conductor in one second.
amp
, but here are no hard and fast rules to positioning, and again, taking the time to experiment will invariably get you the best results.

AE 3000


AudioGenerally used to mean "sound"; technically it describes periodic fluctuations of air pressure or electrical energy at frequencies and amplitudes within the human range of hearing; sound, or electrical energy that represents sound; acoustic, mechanical, or electrical frequencies corresponding to normally audible sound waves.
Audio Technika AE 3000 condenser microphone

Most condenser mics have a
Pad1) An attenuation switch found on many microphones and mixing desks, allowing a signal to be attenuated by one or more fixed amounts, such as -10 or -20dB. 2) A soft, sustained sound used in arranging or sequencing as an unobtrusive harmonic backdrop. This may be a synth sound or a natural sound, typically strings.
pad
switch due to their higher
SensitivityThe input level (in dB) required by an audio device to drive it to its rated output level.
sensitivity
which attenuates their output and prevents overloading at high SPLs – you will almost certainly need to employ this if recording close to the speaker.


Ribbon Mics

Although relatively expensive and rather fragile, ribbon mics have recently undergone a resurgence in popularity, and one of their most common applications is in electric guitar recording, generally in place of a dynamic as a close
MicrophoneA device which converts airborne sound into an electrical signal.
mic
- Royer’s R121 is the favourite of many engineers. There are two
KeyAn additional input on a dynamics processor such as a compressor or noise gate, enabling the dynamics of one signal to control the level of another. This can be used for many functions, including ducking (compressing a music signal when a DJ or announcer speaks), synchronised gating, and (in conjunction with an equaliser) de-essing.
key
points to be aware of when using ribbon mics – phantom power can destroy them, and they all have a figure of 8 response pattern – this means that they will pick up sound from the rear as well as the front, so you may want to use some sort of acoustic
BaffleUsed in speaker cabinets to regulate sound waves and prevent interference between the sound coming from the front and the sound coming out of the rear of the speaker. The baffle normally consists of the board upon which the speaker is mounted.
baffle
behind them to avoid too much room sound.

the t.bone Rm-700


The t.bone RM-700 Ribbon Microphone

There are literally hundreds of different mics to choose from, and we have only mentioned a handful of the most popular models. If you have access to a range of mics then try some out that aren’t listed here - you might just find the sound you’re looking for.

 

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