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post Aug 24 2007, 06:06 AM
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Hi! I'm looking for a new a microphone. It will be used in a starting up band, with small gigs and band practices. Budget : £150 . Any suggestions? also whats the difference between dynamic, condensor and ribbon microphones? Thanks


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post Aug 24 2007, 07:19 AM
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I dont know anything about microphones, but isnt Shure SM58 the mic "everyone" uses? tongue.gif


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post Aug 24 2007, 07:42 AM
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QUOTE (Robin @ Aug 24 2007, 02:19 AM) *
I dont know anything about microphones, but isnt Shure SM58 the mic "everyone" uses? tongue.gif


For live performances SM58 is a great place to start - for studio work look at some of the cheaper capacitor microphones - the Rode NT1-A for example is awesome for the price.

DYnamic mics have the worst sound but are very sturdy and work well for live.

Capacitor/Condensor mics are more delicate, need a power supply but are used extensively in studios for vocals and micing up instruments.

Ribbon mics were popular in thr 40s and 50d but died out. They are now seeing something of a resurgence as new models are on the market. Ribbon mics can withstand huge volumes so are great for drums and micing up loud instruments, but are being used for more mainstream tasks now.


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Shure SM57 and 58 are great dynamic mics and robust enough to gig with for 150 UK you should be able to get one and lots of change (or possibly 2). Don't get a ribbon mic for band practices/gigging- I doubt that 150 UK would be enough anyway for a good one and they are pretty delicate, its easy to damage the ribbon if you're not really careful with it. You can get lots of good condensers in your budget - a Rode NT1A, or similar is worth looking at and should be robust enough if you treat it with some care. Generally condensers need either phantom power (supplied for instance from the mixing desk) or have to have some other power source.

Difference between mic types (a ribbon btw is a particular type of dynamic mic)- tone, frequency range, separation, transcient response, colouring, how robust they are to knocks, bangs and being dropped... Most condensers provide more treble/high frequency detail whilst a dynamic will usually emphasise the mid range and add some presence suitable for vocals and guitar.

In an ideal world I'd say get both to cover both these bases but if you can only get one then for gigging get a robust dynamic (SM57/58 or similar). Robust, response for live is more than good enough, cheap, easy to get replacement parts, no need for phantom power. If you can get the other band members to invest in mics - drums need quite a few of varying types smile.gif .

Don't forget that you'll need a good mic stand, xlr cable and maybe a pop shield and possibly also a shock mount.

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post Aug 24 2007, 09:02 AM
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thanks guys!

p.s whats a shock mount and a pop shield. thanks

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Yep,Shure SM58 or SM57 smile.gif


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Hi Chris,
shock mount is like a little mount/cradle that the mic sits in which isolates it from the mic stand. It stops the mic picking up bangs and ringing if the mic stand gets bumped etc. May not be necessary for live applications (particularly if you use a dynamic) but can be very useful for recording particularly with a condenser. Cost of a mount depends on the mic, some include it in the price (Rode NT1A for instance)

Pop shield is a screen that is placed in front of/over the mic that prevents certain syllables from 'over cooking' - things like the letter 's' can sound sybliant without. (Listen to people doing the time honoured and very irritating 'one.two, testing' in a sound check and you can hear the need for a pop shiled more often then not rolleyes.gif )

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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Aug 24 2007, 02:42 AM) *
For live performances SM58 is a great place to start... [snip]



laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif Your so silly. For most performing musicians it's also the place to end. smile.gif This mic is basically the gold standard of performing mics... well this and the Shure Beta 58A.

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QUOTE (Hardtail @ Aug 28 2007, 08:35 AM) *
laugh.gif laugh.gif laugh.gif Your so silly. For most performing musicians it's also the place to end. smile.gif This mic is basically the gold standard of performing mics... well this and the Shure Beta 58A.

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but this SM58 is only about 70 uk pounds on the internet....i always thought a raelly good mic would cost hundreds....


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QUOTE (Chris @ Aug 30 2007, 10:12 PM) *
but this SM58 is only about 70 uk pounds on the internet....i always thought a raelly good mic would cost hundreds....


Really good recording mics cost hundreds, however the demands of live perfomance are very different and the recording fraternity has long since settled on a mic that is pretty good and very rugged.

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I don't normally insist anyone do anything I tell them but really, go buy an SM58. tongue.gif They are the gold standard for performing.

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