The Big List of Microphone Shootouts

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase “get it right at the source.” Besides capturing a solid performance, microphone choice and placement is key.

Some engineers have an unhealthy attitude (or bias) toward microphones. For some, It’s like being hypnotized by a “signature” series instrument. Sorry, but buying one is NOT going to make you instantly sound like your musical hero. Yes, your idol may have used one specific mic on his voice, but it was his voice. Your “holy grail” mic is going to respond differently to every source. Also be weary of choosing mics based on luxurious price-tags. A less expensive mic with thoughtful placement can often provide fantastic results if given the chance.

I love finding mic shootouts online. It’s a quick & easy way to get familiar with how different mics respond to a single source. These comparisons bring microphone characteristics to the (audible) surface, which is valuable ear training.

Here are some great mic shootouts for your perceptive pleasure:

Vocals:

Piano:

Acoustic Guitar:

    Drums:

    Strings:

    Saxophone Playlist:

    Drum Playlist:


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    (via @BenPeilow)

    Please share any other mic shootouts in the comments below!

    Dan Comerchero

    Dan Comerchero

    I'm Dan, founder of The Pro Audio Files and Quiztones ear training apps. Find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+.