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You need to start live streaming or making videos. If you are wondering what kind of microphone to use when making these awesome videos, we’ve got you covered. In this article, we speak about the four different types of microphones that you can purchase on the market today.
1. Ribbon Microphones
If you are a musician and need a microphone to record your vocals or musical instruments, then this is a great microphone for you. Things like guitar cabinets, drum overheads, piano strings, and vocals will do great with this microphone.
These are a bit more expensive than the other types, so if you aren’t sure if the video career is for you, maybe hold off on buying these. Or rent them from a studio nearby instead.
2. Large Diaphragm Condensers
Another great one to record podcasts, or vocals. They are a bit fragile and expensive, but they can register a lot of nuances, so they are good if you need something like that.
If you are recording videos outdoors, then you won’t want to use this. It will capture every little sound or noise around and could result in diluted or distorted audio.
3. Small Diaphragm Condensers
If you are recording two or more people and they are at a distance from the microphone (usually a couple of feet or more), then a small diaphragm condenser is a great choice.
These are also not as expensive as the mics above, so you can afford them even if your budget is smaller.
4. Dynamic Microphones
When recording live streams, podcasts, or other similar audio, you will want to avail yourself of a dynamic microphone. They might record fewer details, but they are cheaper and tend to last longer since they are so hardy.
If you only have $100 for a microphone, then you will find a lot of dynamic microphones in that price range. It’s important to choose the right microphone for your recording needs so that you have decent sound quality. Most folks can bear poor video quality but will bounce off if the sound quality is terrible.
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Many Different Types of Microphones to Choose From
As you can see, there are lots of different types of microphones on the market. You need to figure out what your recording and sound quality needs are first, and then you can choose the best microphone for you.
Another thing to remember is that you can always start with a cheaper and lower quality microphone and as you get more into video recording, buy a more expensive one.
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Andrea Parker is a reporter for Zobuz. She previously worked at Huffington Post and Vanity Fair. Andrea is based in NYC and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe coffee addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.