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Tuesday 14th May 2013

Microphones - A Beginners Guide

Microphones - A Beginners Guide

Here at whybuynew.co.uk we have a wide selection of microphones to suit all needs from vocal performance, wireless, instrument and recording. We stock the largest names in the microphone industry from Shure, AKG, M-Audio and Samson, as well as more affordable brands.

Vocal Performance Microphones

Vocal microphones are dominantly dynamic microphones due to the nature of the polar pattern of the microphone, the polar pattern is Cardioid. This means dynamic microphones concentrate on a direct sound and reject other sounds coming from other directions, perfect for vocals and speech. An iconic vocal microphone is the Shure SM58, now considered the industry standard for any live vocal performance due to its rugged construction quality manufacturing.

Wireless Microphones

When it comes to live performance cables become a burden and we want them out of the way and away from our feet as much as possible, preventing any accidents, the solution to this issue is a wireless system. The technology has come a long way since it was introduced making the receivers more reliable. There’s two types of wireless system; the hand held microphone and receive like the AKG WMS 40, which also can come as a dual microphone package and wireless headset systems like the Kam KWM1900. Depending on your performance headset systems are ideal for performers who may sing and dance at the same time.

Condenser Microphones

Condenser microphones have many functions within the music industry; many are used for recording purposes due to their many polar patterns and response to picking up frequencies.  Depending on your application of sound you wish to pick up there are certain condenser microphones to choose from.  If you are recording vocals large diaphragm microphones like the M-Audio Nova or AKG C214 are ideal due to their large grill and multi selection on polar patterns. Many of the large diaphragm condenser microphones are also great on instruments such as acoustic guitars.
Condenser microphones can also be used on drums to capture the high frequencies from the cymbals, regarded as overhead microphones many of these come in sets of pairs, Behringer have two pairs to choose from the C-2 and C-4 and M-Audio have the new Pulsar II.


Drum Microphone Sets

At whybuynew.co.uk we offer drum microphone sets which are perfect for live and studio applications. We have two sets to offer the first is the Shure PGD MK4 which includes a kick mic and three tom microphones and carry case the other is a great  value seven piece set by NJD. The set includes everything you need kick mic, four tom/snare mic and two overhead condenser mics all packed into a foam carry case.


Tie-Clip/Lapel/Headset Microphones

This type of microphone is very popular with gym instructors, people giving presentations and performers who want to keep their hands free. Usually these microphones come as part of a wireless set (see above). Lapel and tie-clip mics attach exactly where their names would suggest and are typically incredibly compact and lightweight.

If you need and further advice or help in choosing the right microphone for you then please don't hesitate to call our friendly, knowlegable sales team on 01206 855010 or, alternatively, check out our complete range of microphones...simply click HERE to view.