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Dynamic vs Condenser!
Im about to start an amateur youtube channel of me singing. My style of music is pop and rnb. I was just wondering what is better for male vocals. As every other amateur artist on youtube, I have a budget. The three options for condenser mics are the blue spark, mxl v87 and the avantone ck6. Out of these mics im not sure which is better for male vocals in this genre of music. All of these mics are under £200. If the right route is the dynamic mic I have been looking at the shure sm58. All this recording will be done in my room so which type of mic is better for vocals?
Thanks for all your help guys!
Any recommendations for mics, mixers and interfaces help me( as I need all these things)
www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/B1Mic (I own this microphone, I can show you audio samples)
www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/sterli...condenser-microphone (i also own this microphone, i can show you samples of it, too)
Mixing and interfaces are another story entirely. But M-Audio is always a great start.
As mentioned, the SM58 is industry standard for live vocals. I tend to use my Beta58 (very similar dynamic mic, but different pickup pattern) for live or scratch tracks, and my KSM32 (Shure condenser mic) for final vocal tracks connected through an Alesis iO26 (8-channel digital interface with phantom power). I do rock music. Results here: open.spotify.com/track/4NEtp6Odkqt58r7mMBvygR
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Dynamic microphones work by having a diaphram, and attached to the back of the diaphram is a coil of wire. This passes up and down closer and further away from a magnet that is fixed in place. this movement causes an electric current in the coil attached to the diaphram. Because there is a weight on the diaphram (the coil of wire) it does not move very easily and so is great for live environments where there is a lot of background noise.
Condenser microphones work in a different way. They need a power source as they have an electro magnet inside (phantom power). The diaphram on a condenser mic has a thin film of metal on the back and not a heavy coil of wire. As this thin peice of metal passes closer and further from the electro magnet, it causes a difference in the magnetic field and creates a signal. This means the the diaphram is very light and can move a lot quicker that the diaphram in a dynamic mic. This means that the microphone can pick up more of the minute sound vibration and therefore record these. This means that condenser mics are not really suitable for live situations as they can suffer from a lot of feedback caused from other sound sources, but are perfect for recording in a studio / bedroom.
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