Microphone For Vocal And Guitar

by Eric Teng - England
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What do you suggest for home studio recording for

1 Vocal

2 Guitar (Electric, acoustic and bass)

(I dont know how to group them, feel free to seperate acoustic and bass or electric etc)

The price range is within $450 for 2 microphones. or do you think there is single microphone that is VERY good with both vocal and guitar within my price range?

For studio recording, does vocal or guitar application require many microphone polar patterns? What I'm trying to say is should I get a muti-polar microphone? I thought if i choose that i will have more choices when recording. (Cause I thought switchable pattern is so cool eg. AKG 400). Do I really need it?

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Dec 06, 2007
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Shure SM58
by: Matt Street

Hi Eric,

From personal experience I've found the Shure SM58 to be a good microphone for voice recording, they are available for around £50 here in the UK which should leave you with £300 dollars for you're guitar microphones.
The alternative for voice recording is a large diaphram studio type mic if you go for this type you will certainly require a pop shield but they are more delicate than the Shure and should be handled as such. You will also require a pop shield when you go for this type.

With regards to recording guitars I would have probably plugged the output from the electric guitar / fx box directly into the recording equipment rather than through an amp to mic arrangement. If this is the route you wish to go I would suggest you need three microphones, amp to mic, vocal, and one for the acoustic guitar.

With regards to pick up patterns, its going to depend on your set up as to what you want. If everybody is playing at once you're going to want to try and isolate what each microphone is recording in which case you might think about pick up patterns. I've only used a mic where you can change the pick up pattern once. The AKG 1000. THis was by way of fitting a cap of the diaphram changing it from cardoid to hyper-cardiod. which reduced pickup from behind the microphone. This may be useful if everyone is playing together. If you're recording the tracks individually it doesn't matter too much the only difference is the wider the angle of pickup the more ambience you will pick up from the room.

Hope this helped in some way.

Matt

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