Music and Podcasting and The Best Microphones for The Job

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Mics convert sound into electrical signals and have several applications in the functioning of day-to-day life, such as phones, hearing aids, movies, radio and television broadcasts, public events, audio recordings and many more.

The most popular distinctions in microphones or mics, as they are popularly known, are the condenser and the dynamic mikes. When choosing a mic that is most suitable for you, determine the purpose of the purchase. For example, the Sennheiser e945, is the kind of mic which has been designed to deliver good quality sound and therefore suitable for musicians performing on music shows and ‘live’ events where the need for sound clarity is more.

Another bright example that comes to mind where music podcasts are concerned is the Scarlett 2i2, which is a great entry-level condenser mic that provides an excellent podcast-based budget solution for beginners.

The mics that are suitable for music and stage shows need to fulfil the following requirements:

* Mics used in stage shows are mostly handheld. Therefore, there tends to be a lot of handling and shuffling. The mics used here need to have low sensitivity or impact to the surrounding noise.

* Mics designed for stage events and music shows must be sturdy enough to withstand drops and rough handling.

* The cardioid feature present in mics is effective in picking up the musician’s sound which comes directly from behind the mic and rejects all other noise around. This improves the clarity and smoothness of the sound delivered by the singer.

* When there is high magnetic density and low air volume in between the user and his handheld mic, then the sound delivery is more impactful and reaches a large audience. This is a very important feature that every dynamic mic used in music shows and stage performances needs to possess.

* A dynamic mic is best suited for big stages, because of inherent advantages like the ability to reduce humming, enhancing voice quality with a consistency suited for longer periods of performances.

Thus, dynamic mics such as the Sennheiser e945 are mostly used in ‘live’ events and stage shows because they enable a smooth, clear, and natural delivery which rejects uneven tones and disturbances.

However, dynamic mics cannot be used for all applications and this is where the excellent audio-interface of condenser units’ take-over for audio recording in studios and a few podcasting purposes.

The best microphone for podcasting should have the following characteristics:

When digital media files are released in a series of episodes, where anyone can create a podcast and broadcast it to connect with like-minded people anywhere in the world, then, such a podcasting series needs to be of great quality.

* Every mic highlights and suppresses different characteristics and features which maybe suitable for one application or the other. Normally podcasters who wish to

include minute details and have less-varied tones between models, use condenser mics. Condenser mics are great in picking up detail and are the best for studio set-up recordings.

* However, condenser mics are very unforgiving. They can easily pick up background noise, echoes and vibrations. Therefore, these are not practical for amateur podcasters.

* A few small-diaphragm condensers are now coming up with practical features and minimal noise of dynamics.

The Scarlett 2i2 from Focusrite is a condenser mic, which is great for start-up music production or podcasting purposes.

Whether it is a dynamic or a condenser mic, the purpose of use will help determine the apt choice. The budget plays a crucial role in the choice. There are good-quality mics that are available even on a tight budget. So, it is best to make an informed choice.