3 Essential Microphones You Need In Your Home Studio

Using your phone’s built in microphone isn’t going to cut it. If you want your music to shine, it has to be professional quality. In the past few years, pro audio equipment has become much more affordable. With this revelation, more and more musicians are building and setting up recording studios in their homes. Today we dive in and look at 3 of the most essential microphones you need in your home studio.

Shure SM58

These mics are the staple of every studio. Featuring dynamic unidirectional cardioid pickup patterns, this microphone is extremely versatile. While mainly used for vocals in a live setting, the SM58 can be used to record guitar, drum overheads, and studio vocals as well. The mic frequency is perfect for speaking, or singing and the built in pop filter is really all you need when capturing vocals. Beyond that, the SM58 can take a beating, and is notorious for being incredibly sturdy. The best part? It only costs $100!

Audio-Technica AE5100 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

The AE5100 fills all the gaps the SM58 might leave. Perfect for drum overheads, and acoustic string instruments the AE5100 features a 10DB pad that is perfect for dampening big drums or orchestral instruments. Placing two in an XY pattern over your snare provides a phased stereo sound that will have the drums on your demo sounding amazing. Looking to record some acoustic guitar? No problem, the AE5100 is perfect — place it just off the 13th fret and then point it at the sound hole for a natural creamy tone.

BLUE Bluebird Cardioid Condenser Microphone

Toppping off our list is another Cardioid Condenser, this time from BLUE microphones. The Bluebird has a larger element than the AE5100, so it’s great as a room mic for drums — but it also has a few other tricks up it’s sleeve. You can use this mic for close micing bass or guitar amps, on an acoustic guitar, for vocals, podcasts, or voice over work. Pretty much anything you can think of, you can record with this mic. Having this mic in your arsenal when you are recording, or on the road is going to be incredibly handy.

So there you have it. 3 essential microphones for your home studio. What’s your favorite? let us know in the comments and follow us for more music news.

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