June 23, 2013

Recording Studio Microphones

Most DJs do not spend time speaking over their music, but some of them prefer to have their own voice instead of that of an MC.  The microphone jack has sort of become an obligatory part of the DJ mixer, even though serious professionals would much rather have their microphone tied down to a different system (perhaps the main board).  Still, that microphone jack can prove to be useful when you need to make an emergency announcement or if the fans get out of control (like they usually do).  Microphones fall into the same categories as speakers and monitors.  You have your basic use microphones that are good for just about anything – and then you have microphones that are tasks specific.

The Shure SM58 and SM57 have been the workhorses in the industry for a very long time.  You can find them anywhere, and in almost any type of setting (television, stage, live performances).  The key feature about them is their ruggedness, as they can be tossed around and abused.  However, once you get into the recording territory, you’ll find that these microphones need to be babied and kept in good shape if you want them to keep their value.  Expect to spend nearly a thousand for a proper condenser mic.