The Zen of Microphones for Sale
When you\’re looking for microphones for sale, you want to make sure you choose the right kind for the task. These tips can help.
For most of us, a microphone (mike or mic, for short) is not something we buy every day. But as with any purchase, we don\’t want to make a mistake. Sure, we may find a great deal, but is it a good microphone and will it satisfy the need?
We can\’t promise that you\’ll be a microphone guru with this short article, but we can give you some pointers that will take some of the headache out of this infrequent chore.
When you see microphones for sale, you don\’t want to buy merely based on the lowest price or the sexiest look. By all means, shop around for best price, but know what you\’re looking for, first.
There are many types of microphones. Some of the more common types are,
Perhaps the most common type are electret condenser microphones. They can be cheaply made and easily mass-produced. Most electret condenser mikes have rather modest sound quality and thus are not suitable for studio recording, for example. You find these in cell phones, computers, inexpensive headsets, PDA\’s and the like.
If you\’re doing professional recording or want to achieve the highest sound quality, usually your best bet is to go with a non-electret condenser microphone.
The dynamic microphone is typically robust and enjoys a high gain before feedback. Okay, what does that mean? Quite simply that means that the signal can be boosted or amplified greatly before you get the high-pitched squeal we call \”feedback.\” That makes dynamic mikes great for on-stage work.
The other microphone types have more specialized uses outside the scope of this brief article.
One electrical trait of a microphone is called \”impedance.\” Usually, mismatching impedance won\’t damage anything, but this can affect frequency response and generate audio distortion and signal loss. Before you shop for a microphone, check the impedance of your speaker, first. Then buy a microphone with an impedance rating close to that of your speaker.
When someone speaks too closely to a microphone, certain letters create a distracting noise like \”T\” or \”P\” unless the microphone has sufficient protection. This can prove to be an especially important factor if your microphone is going to be used outside where wind can create a \”howl\” across the microphone if it has inadequate protection. Some protection is built-in to most microphones, but you can\’t tell if it\’s enough unless you use it. So, you might want to test the microphone before purchasing. Testing the mike under the conditions in which it will be used can save a headache later when you\’re actually using it. And buy an additional windscreen, if needed.
These tips should take care of most headaches when purchasing a microphone.
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