Choosing A Microphone For DJing
A microphone is pretty essential when dealing with people in large crowds. I would guess that before amplified sound was available a speaker had to do strange things like stand on a box so that they could be heard through a crowd. Today, we have no problem projecting music around the room or across a hall. The problem we suffer from is too much amplification and too much noise. Feedback from audio is a modern problem that most of us have experience but few of us understand. For a DJ, this might be irrelevant – but every DJ has a mic input on their mixer for such an occasion.
Do DJs even need to have a mic in their setup? The resounding answer is “no” – but I do feel that a mic should be part of your kit in case someone else needs to use it. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be expensive because you are not looking for a condenser or recording microphone. On the contrary, you want one that can take some serious abuse, germs, and sweat. The SM57 or SM 58 will be a hard one to beat since these can literally be thrown on the ground and continue to work.