A microphone is an acoustic-to-electric transducer or sensor that converts sound into an electrical signal. It is the first step in the signal chain, after the sound source itself, for recording sound or music.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

2
votes
2answers
51 views

Should I buy an Audio Interface for USB microphone?

I am completely new to the recording world, please help (even there are dumb questions from me). I bought the AT2020USB mic, but I heard a lot of people said a condenser microphone plus an audio ...
14
votes
4answers
950 views

Using two microphones for vocals

In footage from concerts in the 1970's +/- I've notice that they often had pairs of microphones taped together, e.g. these: It seems like it was somewhat "standard practice" at one time; why did ...
6
votes
5answers
1k views

Home recording: Preamp or Dynamic Mic?

I've been recording songs for almost a year now but I still don't know all the secrets of a good home recording. I'm currently using a Rode NT1-A condenser microphone, a Focusrite Saffire 6 audio ...
1
vote
0answers
39 views

Cheap Audio Interface for the Rode NT1 [closed]

I'm new to recording and I'm planning on getting the Rode NT1. The only problem is that I need an Audio Interface for it and I know nothing about them and I only have $100 to spend on one. Please ...
2
votes
1answer
65 views

What type of microphone is suitable for cello together with a looper pedal?

I'm willing to buy for a friend a way for him to use a loop pedal (initially for an electric guitar) with his cello. I really don't know much about sound recording with acoustic instrument... Would ...
2
votes
3answers
3k views

How can I tell if my microphone is broken?

I am not sure if my microphone is broken or if it is how to fix it. I have a very nice yeti usb microphone like the one that can be seen here ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

Could a microphone preamp with transformer sound differently from the transformer-less preamp?

Manufacturers of expensive microphone preamps usually write a lot about transformers and how good they are. I know transformers have been used often in the past, but with modern electronics, this is ...
4
votes
3answers
191 views

Microphone pick up patterns for live performance - advantages/disadvantages of cardioid, supercardioid or hypercardioid?

I perform in small venues (sing and play acoustic/electric guitar) through a small PA system with a monitor on stage. I have several Shure SM58 Microphones that have a cardioid pickup pattern. I ...
0
votes
1answer
53 views

Microphone sound not detected on Casio CDP-230R

I recently purchased a Casio CDP-230R digital piano, which so far has been working quite nicely, apart from one feature. It comes with a 1/4" microphone jack, with which you can sample a sound and ...
2
votes
2answers
113 views

Audio level on recording a piano

I've trying to record a piano either using a portable recorder as Tascam DR-07MK2 or a B2-Pro but every time I get confused about what would be the correct audio level for the input audio. If the ...
0
votes
3answers
97 views

How can I get decent audio from a clip on 3.5mm microphone?

I have a cheap 3.5mm clip on microphone from amazon that is mouse quiet when plugged in directly to my sound card. I checked the levels and even used mic boost (then turned it off immediately). I've ...
6
votes
3answers
792 views

Pop filters and dealing with plosives in live performance

I was just listening to a recording of a performance I did a few weeks back, and couldn't help but notice the ridiculously explosive P's and B's. I'd obviously like to avoid this. I can't recall ever ...
1
vote
1answer
77 views

What kind of a mic should a beginner voice artist look for? [closed]

I am just starting out as a voice over artist. I need to buy a good mic, I would like to know what type of mic I should buy. What I currently have in mind is a USB or a XLR. I don't want to spend ...
4
votes
4answers
2k views

How to mic and amplify an accordion for live performance?

Derived from this question that ended up not being about accordion amplification. Which options do I have to mic and amplify accordions for live performance? Are dynamic mics on a stand ...
7
votes
1answer
222 views

What is the purpose of the pop filter?

In many professional recording studios, I always see this attached to their microphone : What is the purpose of the thin black sheet separating the source of the voice and the microphone?
6
votes
3answers
438 views

Reducing amplifier sound bleeding into mics in a theater setting

I'm having a problem in a live staging setup, in which I have 3 guitar amps and 2 bass amps, all miked, feeding back on on-stage rifle mics. Just to specify, there isn't any way to line out from these ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

Advantages/Disadvantages of a line out compared to a close mic system

I'm a fairly novice techie, and I'm setting up a rig for a big musical production, with the help of some others, and we are thinking about close micing a guitar amp for the pit band, as opposed to ...
8
votes
3answers
1k views

Difference between recording with a microphone in front of the amp vs. using an amp simulator?

I am going to record music with the guitar and bass guitar. However, I am still undecided between using an amp with microphone, and an amp simulator. Which of the two would be a better choice when ...
12
votes
4answers
2k views

Why would a guitarist use a microphone and direct output from an acoustic guitar?

For example, when I watch Eric Clapton live, playing his acoustic guitar, he uses jack output and a mic. Why is it? Is it for acoustic nuance?
4
votes
5answers
594 views

Should I provide the mic for another band's accordionist? We we'll play on the same gig. [closed]

In a while I will have to play a gig with my band outdoors. We have our own PA system which is certainly well enough to be able to have good sound quality outdoors. However, there will also be playing ...
4
votes
1answer
2k views

Why are speakers howling when a microphone comes in front of the speaker boxes?

While using the microphone in front of the speaker, it makes a howling sound. Why is it so? How can I avoid that without reducing the sound?
1
vote
1answer
209 views

High-end headset/lavalier mics vs handheld for vocals

Background: I have some SM58's (a dynamic mic) that I use for my vocals while I'm putting together songs on my iPad. I've recently tried some cheap $40-50-ish lavalier condensers because my dream is ...
3
votes
1answer
162 views

For recording vocal and piano, how to position microphones of the “pocket studio” recorder?

I need to make an audio recording of performing vocal and piano (acoustic piano, two different performers), using the "pocket studio" recorder (Tascam DR-07MKI if the model matters). I cannot bring ...
2
votes
2answers
170 views

USB microphones for multi-instrument recording

I have an awesome Korg MKii 1600 recording device with a fairly cheap (I must admit) microphone. I was recently thinking about getting a USB mic because it seems so easy to record "whenever". It can ...
7
votes
2answers
3k views

How should I mic a violin in a live concert?

Which are good mics and what are good positions of the microphone rel to the violin? Keeping in mind: confort for the player acoustic feedback sensitivity best quality tone from the instrument? ...
0
votes
1answer
103 views

What type of mic for use with vocals from an electric guitar amp?

I would like to purchase a microphone for use with a Roland 60 electric guitar amp. Does it have to be a dual impedance or do I need to purchase something to improve the volume level?
8
votes
3answers
2k views

What should I look for in a recording microphone for personal use?

I was browsing through mics on Amazon and quickly realized I was out of my depth. There are a couple closely related questions I am wondering about: Are there different types of mics for (1) ...