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Microphone Guide

Jan 18, 2016
Microphone Guide
  • The Microphone is the 2nd most important part of a show, after the music. A good microphone will make a show and a bad microphone will break a show.

    USB Microphones:
    USB Microphones are a version of a condenser microphone that has the interface built in, making it plug and play but offering less customisability than a traditional XLR condenser microphone.
    C01U
    Cost: £60 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Samson
    Release Year: 2006
    Owners: Roma, Adam
    Sound Test: Youtube Link
    AT2020 USB+
    Cost: £115 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Audio Technica
    Release Year: 2012
    Sound Test: Youtube Link
    NT USB
    Cost: £115 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Rode
    Release Year: 2014
    Sound Test: Youtube Link

    USB Mixers & Audio Interface:
    Mixers and audio interfaces are a way to power microphones with a much higher quality than commonly found USB microphones and offers a great deal more customisability options. Mixers and audio interfaces will require a XLR condenser to be used, all of the ones we have chosen have 48V Phantom Power.
    Q802USB
    Cost: £60 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Behringer
    Release Year: 2012
    Owners: Roma
    Scarlett Solo
    Cost: £69 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Focusrite
    Release Year: 2014​
    Scarlett 2i2
    Cost: £95 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Focusrite
    Release Year: 2011​
    Q1204USB
    Cost: £130 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Behringer
    Release Year: 2013
    Owners: Chris

    Condenser Microphones:
    Condenser Microphones are microphones aimed at capturing vocals, capturing higher and lower end frequency responses making them perfect for radio and the industry standard for recording. Condenser Microphones require a mixer or audio interface.
    C-1
    Cost: £35 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Behringer
    Release Year: 2006
    Sound Test: Youtube Link
    C01
    Cost: £50 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Samson
    Release Year: 2007
    Sound Test: Youtube Link
    MXL 990
    Cost: £75 (Jan '16)
    Brand: MXL
    Release Year: 2010
    Sound Test: Youtube Link
    AT2020
    Cost: £75 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Audio Technica
    Release Year: 2007
    Sound Test: Youtube Link
    Owners: Roma
    AT2035
    Cost: £125 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Audio Technica
    Release Year: 2009
    Sound Test: Youtube Link
    Owners: Chris
    NT1A
    Cost: £130 (Jan '16)
    Brand: Rode
    Release Year: 2006
    Sound Test: Youtube Link

    We discourage:
    Listed below are microphones that our team have had bad experiences with, do note that this is opinionated and your experience may differ however these are typically known to be bad options to purchase.
    Blue Yeti
    Blue Snowball
    Razer Seiren
    Gaming Headsets