Every home recording studio needs at least one microphone. The purpose? To record vocals, but to get great sounding vocals you must have a mic that perform two basic actions: first, it should have the ability to convert acoustic vibrations of the air into mechanical vibrations; second, your mic must act as a transducer and able to convert the movement of the diaphragm into electrical voltages.
This is why you need to give considerations on Shure microphones where you can have great microphones for almost every application. This one of a kind microphone is great for both beginners and professionals because it offers extraordinary sound quality and reliability. So, how good are Shure microphones for your home recording studio? Well, you can make a lot of experimentations and find the answer for yourself.
Types of Microphones
What types of sound are you looking for? To find out, you need to know that there are two popular types of a microphone which each one produces different sound: the dynamic mics and the condenser mics. The dynamic microphones produce warm punchy sound and are more rugged than condensers. They have high SPL handling capability and are more suitable for on-stage use. Dynamic mics tend to perform well in any live sound situations but they are also great to be used for recording.
The other good thing of dynamic mics is its affordability and Shure microphones have economy-series mics that provide you great performance for a low price. This kind of mic has been good for both studio and stage presentation and has proven the track record for many years.
On the other hand, condenser microphones produce clear detailed sound. This mic uses an external power supply, internal batteries or phantom power given by the mixer input. Don’t worry about microphone like this because most mixers have phantom power on mic inputs these days. However, if you prefer to use old mixer make sure it has phantom power along with. You can find many different condenser mics. Most of them are best for studio recording and a few of them are best for live sound applications.
If you choose the right mic, you can have both the warm punchy sound and a clear detailed sound in one mic.
How Shure microphones work
You do not have to gather thousands of mic for you to know which one really works best. One microphone is enough for your recording studio setup, you just have to spend a little time for you to make sure it’s right. There is only one thing that will give you everything you need in a mic, the digital wireless Shure mics.
The Shure mic provides a natural presence to the vocals so it would sound bright to your recording. It creates crystal clear audio at all times. This is because digital systems can transmit a flat frequency response across the entire audible range which means the sound of the capsules is not affected by the wireless components. Any present RF noise below a certain doorstep will not affect the quality of the audio created.
The digital wireless microphones systems have longer battery lifespan and it has superior spectral efficacy. The digital wireless mics have higher channel counts because the deviation of a digital wireless signal is more conventional than that of the analogue signal. Remember that in order for us to record into the computer, we have to convert the analogue signal into a digital signal. The better the audio recording, the higher the signal.
How to connect the analogue microphone into the computer
Every computer today has a sound card and a mic input on it. But using mic input can sometimes make pretty audible noise into your audio signals so using the mixer would be the better choice. Use the wire outputs to connect directly to the input of your computer. Or better yet, you can use the internal sound card with professional quality external inputs or use an external sound card, or a USB and put it directly on the back of your microphone.
The USB connector allows you to plug-in directly into your computer even without the need of any installation drivers. Some microphones have a digital output to let you connect the mic directly to the computer by the USB connector.
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Know the fact that great sound recording does not obtain on microphone alone. No matter how great you position the mic, it won’t work without considering your area. You need to make your room acoustically treated. Put carpets on the floor, hang some sheets on the wall and lastly, make the microphone close to your mouth but do not eat the mic. Make it close to any other sound source as well. When monitoring, using headphone is the better option because too much sound of the speakers will go into your mic. Ideally, use the close-back headphone or better yet, use earphone for maximum isolation.
The bottom line is – take your time. Play with your microphone selection and have fun!