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Whether you're on stage or in the studio, giving a speech or leading a fitness class, you can bet that a high-quality microphone is going to greatly improve your performance. These days, you can find a suitable mic for almost any budget, but it's important to know what kind of microphone you're looking for. Should you go wired or wireless? Dynamic or condenser? Handheld or headset? It's important to know which microphone is going to benefit you the most.

Live Microphones vs. Recording Microphones

When it comes to a live performance, dynamic microphones are perfect because they are simple and durable. The rugged workhorse of the musician’s toolbox, dynamic mics can handle high sound volumes, are good at rejecting extraneous sounds, and are good at resisting moisture and shock. Because no power source is needed, dynamic microphones are always ready to perform on stage.

In the recording studio, condenser is king. Utilizing phantom power, a condenser microphone is able to pick up little nuances that a dynamic mic just can't capture. On top of increased sensitivity, some condenser mics also offer multiple polar patterns so you can easily experiment with different micing techniques.

The beauty of microphones is there is no wrong way to use them. There are great condenser mics designed for live performance and great dynamic mics that can enhance your recordings. And let's not forget about ribbon microphones, which are dynamic mics that are able to achieve a transient response similar to a condenser but with their own distinctive personality, making them great for both stage and studio.

Choosing the Right Microphone

Once you know what type of microphone you should get, the next step is figuring out what configuration is going to work the best for you. Beyond your traditional handheld and stand-mounted microphones, there are headsets, lavaliers, and podium mics, which are great for public speaking. There are also microphones designed specifically for overhead use which are great for choirs and stage productions. Let's not forget about USB microphones, which are great for home recording, podcasts, and live streaming.

Sam Ash Music has a wide selection of microphones from top brands such as Shure, Samson, AKG, Sennheiser, Electro-Voice, and many more. If you have any questions, or need help making a decision, we've got a team of real musicians standing by.

Expert Advice and The Guaranteed Lowest Price!

Serving musicians since 1924, Sam Ash is proud to be part of your musical journey! If you have any questions about the products we sell, our staff of professional musicians have the answers. Just give us a call at 1-800-472-6274 and they will be glad to help you select the right piece of gear to suit your needs and budget. Speaking of budgets, be sure to ask about our special financing and leasing options.