6 Different Types of Microphones Explained For You

6 Different Types of Microphones Explained For You

Did you know there are that many different microphones? I definitely didn’t so let’s discuss the different models right away.

Live Microphones

The name reveals enough, microphones to be used during live presentations, for example, others call them condenser mics which is just another fancy name for it. The Shure SM58 is a great live mic in case you were looking for one so check it out at the web.

USB Microphones

Again pretty self-explanatory, a microphone that you can connect to your laptop, phone or desktop computer, these are often not the highest quality microphones that there are but they do the job just fine for not so important jobs like chatting with your friend on Skype or in-game.

Studio Microphones

Speaking of quality, if you have ambitions to become a singer and want to record your own CD or DVD then a high-quality studio microphone will help you a great deal. Especially if you are going to send out samples to the larger studios you want it to sound not just good but great. The Sennheiser EW112P would be a good start.

Lapel Microphones

Never heard of that, me neither so I’ll hop over to Google to see what they got to say about this. Oh, it’s a small clip-on microphone that you see people wearing during conferences and TV shows and such, well there you have it, each mic has it’s own purpose. The best Lapel mic we could find is the PRO70, and once again from Audio Technica which are really crushing it in the lower price segment. For the best polarization, it uses Phantom power which can be either generated by the battery or supplied through an external source as you know batteries often won’t last long on stage.

Shotgun Microphones

Here is another that I’m rather unfamiliar with if I have to be frank but we’ll figure it out once again. It has the ability to pick up the sound from a very specific direction so you can point it at someone’s mouth, yeah exactly like that, and pick up the sound which makes it great for TV shows and such. A great model I saw reviewed is the one from Audio Technica. The AT897 compared to NTG-2 won’t bring you much difference except that they sound a tiny bit different.

Drum Microphones

I don’t think I have to explain much about this one as a mic used during drumming needs to have some noise canceling features built-in and that’s exactly what those microphones are good for. Actually, skip what I just said, a drum microphone isn’t to cancel the noise it’s to record it in stereo which provides a full sound to the listener thanks to it’s condensing abilities and the frequency response rate. If you are looking for one I suggest you check out the Lewitt DTP Beat Kit which is Amazon’s choice as well so it’s hard to go wrong on that.

In Conclusion

I hope this post made you a little wiser about what type of microphone you need for any occasion. If you’re a singer you obviously pick the live microphone, the drummer goes for the drum mic if your staging a TV show or a short-movie it could be wise to get your hands on a shotgun microphone.

If you’re going to attend a conference in the near future it would be wise to get yourself a Lapel microphone, while for regular home use just stick to an affordable USDB stick and you will hear no one complaining about that.