If you’re giving your best performance, it’s important that your audience can hear you. Having a proper microphone setup ensures your carefully created tunes never go unheard, even if the crowd is crazier than you expected. There is a mic for every purpose so you won’t have to worry whether or not the nosebleed section is hearing your newest track.
There are so many areas of the stage that require live or dynamic microphones. These microphones are ideal as they only require a mic preamp to operate instead of batteries or an additional power supply. This is very useful for vocals and many stage setups as these models last long and easily pick up the entire stage sound due to their mesh circular construction.
When you’re looking into finding the right mic for you, it’s good to consider what it is you need to boost the volume of. Say your acoustic guitar doesn’t have an installed pickup; you’re going to want to grab an instrument mic like the Electro-Voice Cobalt Co4 or the Audix I-5 to mic your guitar and to emit the clearest, natural tone possible. The directional responders soak up the sound and transmit it as clearly as it came in.
Vocal microphones have a great range of styles to choose from. Models like the Nady PCM-200 Classic or the Shure Super 55 feature a supercardioid polar pattern, seen mostly in the 40s and 50s. This unique shape has all the modern technology of circular mics but gives you a warmer vocal tone that your audience will appreciate.
The more common mesh style vocal microphones are a perfectly suitable and affordable option as well. With a sensitive frequency response that is embedded in the interior, you can control exactly how much sound goes through the microphone by standing as near or as far away as you want. These dynamic microphones are ideal for any vocal performance, whether your singer really belts it out or prefers softer melodies.
Setting up your stage properly is almost as important as the performance itself. Without quality microphones that get the job done, your audience won’t get a clear representation of what you’re all about. Thankfully, no matter what your budget, there is a mic that will suit your needs.