Small Microphones Are Good for a Home Recording Studio?
- Written by Rodrigo Marques
Are you looking for small microphones to use in your studio recordings, or even for any other purpose? So, now we gonna know what to expect from a tiny microphone.
When I started my home studio, my first microphone was an old video camera. At that time, I used a lot of video equipment to record audio and my "dinosaur head" style camera was my favorite. The sound quality of that camera microphone was acceptable, with a very wide dynamic range, capable of capturing voice and guitar to perfection.
After using the camera to make some vocals and guitars in a recording series, I tried a dynamic microphone (Shure SM58). This is a perfect microphone for vocals, with dynamic range on a track that favors only the frequencies of the human voice.
Soon after, I was recording with Neumann U87 Ai, condenser, with an incredible level of detail. Sure, it's a microphone from $3,500, but it has a very clear and detailed signal.
Now the big question is whether little microphones could meet the demands of a recording studio. I can talk about interesting experiences I've done with minuscule microphones and what I hear when I record with these microphones.
Many people think of putting together a recording studio, but are afraid of having to buy expensive equipment. When I present our Home Studio Online Course, one of the minimum requirements is to use a small condenser microphone, those found in computer headphones, which cost less than $3. So, while you are learning the technologies and production methods, it is not necessary to have a large and expensive microphone.
What does a small microphone?
When recording presentations, especially if I'm telling something, I use a small microphone from a headphone. I can say that some specific frequencies are not perfect, tending to "crack" in some cases. The small microphone has a very tiny diaphragm, and it prevents you from capturing some important harmony notes, and distorting others. If you need to record data as realistic voice tone, or do not want some saturation, so you will not like little microphones.
I can recommend that as greater is the microphone diaphragm, as more detail he can capture, and more expensive it will be. The ideal is to stay in the middle and accept that there is no perfect microphone. Even a most expensive like a U87 is not impeccable. They not invented a perfect microphone yet. It is shocking, but true.
Finally, small microphones are great for presentations, talk on Skype, study Home Studio, but if you want undistorted sound, you will need a slightly larger diaphragm for it. I'm simplifying this concept, but basically it is all what we need to look for.
Look this video from YouTube that may help you...
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