[LAU] OT: Which crappy mic should I use?

Jonathan Gazeley jonathan.gazeley at bristol.ac.uk
Fri Mar 19 10:18:20 EDT 2010

On 19/03/10 07:21, Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
> Doesn't matter. Just use *some* kind of mike and get it recorded!
> People wax lyrical about the difference in tonal quality between
> different microphones.  I can't hear a bloody difference, at least not
> once you've gone beyond a cheap crappy PC desk mike out of the £1 shop.
> What I can hear is people not getting on with the job because they heard
> somewhere on that there Intarweb that SM57s are drum mikes and cannot be
> used under any circumstances for vocals ;-)

I agree. A few years back while still a student, I bought a 3-pack of 
Behringer XM1800S dynamic mics for £25 or something like that. I guess 
they're a similar standard to the PG58.


I've made quite a few musical recordings with them, and while you *can* 
tell the difference between them and more expensive condenser mics, who 
is actually listening for that?

Good music / a good band will sound good no matter what microphones you use.

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