In the case of most bedrooms or general residential settings, it’s difficult for one to turn one’s personal habitat into a full-fledged studio, which involves a lot of investment and immediate commitment. In an environment which is not acoustically treated, industry standard condenser microphones will pick up way too much ambient sound and room reflections. Hence, it is a smarter choice to opt for dynamic microphones, which are more focused in their nature, giving you the possibility of a better recording! Check out our list of economically priced quality dynamic microphones in Home Studio Setup: 5 Affordable Dynamic Microphones.
A legend in itself, the Shure SM58 is probably the most popular and the most recognizable microphone on the planet. Known for its robust durability and consistent warm tonality, this microphone is widely used by sound rental companies, small studios, musicians who take it on the road to perform and record music at home as well. The SM58 microphone, in its wireless versions is also widely used by big bands and pop artists till date. A consistent and durable investment for the long run.
Price: Approx. $99
Unlike the SM58 above which has a cardioid pick-up pattern, Sennheiser’s e945 dynamic microphone is more focused with its super-cardioid pick-up pattern, which translates to a cleaner recording in a home or bedroom setting. This microphone has gained popularity with big artists like Ed Sheeran, Shawn Mendes, Blake Shelton and more using the corded and cordless versions of it on their tours as the main vocal mic. It’s got warmth and a raspy tone for capturing those higher frequency nuances with more detail.
Price: Approx. $150
A little child in the game as compared to its counterparts, the Sontronics SOLO is a newly-developed microphone with a buff design and a focused super-cardioid pick-up pattern. The SOLO can be used in many a role, as Sontronics says, to record vocals, guitars, kick and / or snare drum and multiple other instruments, and as compared to the other microphones in its price category, has a superior build quality, making it a durable purchase. Whether you want to use it for home recordings or touring, it’s a highly recommendable modern British microphone that’s going to grow in popularity in the years to come.
Price: Approx. $150
sE Electronics V7
Another relatively new microphone that has taken the market by storm, currently used by big artists such as Billie Eilish, Justin Timberlake, Kenny Chesney and many more, the sE Electronics V7 is another amazing option if you are looking for great tonal texture, be it on vocals, wind instruments, percussion, instrument amplifiers and so on. Unlike the Shure SM58 above, that extra-warm ‘boom’ is well-avoided in the making of the V7, and is just smoothly warm, also capturing a great amount of high frequency detail like the Sennheiser e945. All these features for a price that’s a real steal.
Price: Approx. $125
With cardioid pick-up pattern, superior anti-shock construction and a rust-resistant metal body, the Audio-Technica ATM410 is a special entry into this list. The company boasts that their multi-stage grille design offers extra protection against plosives (or pops as we call them) and unnecessary sibilance. It’s hailed as a great microphone for smooth vocal reproduction, whether in a recording environment or a loud live performance. Just like its counterparts, the ATM410 has a great warm tone, and is versatile in its utility.
Price: Approx. $120
BUT WHY A DYNAMIC MIC?!
Dynamic microphones are designed to be more focused in the directionality and distance of the sound they pick up. So, if you have a home studio or you’re recording out of your bedroom, mainly stressing that in a residential space, you do not have control over the sounds that are going to keep occurring in your surroundings – your neighbor parking his Royal Enfield, the screaming crow 10ft. from your window, the child crying in the flat above, etc. Even if you shut your windows and doors and isolate yourself, these sounds are going to find their way into your recording, especially if you have a professional condenser microphone which is meant for studio use, in an acoustically treated environment.
And hence, the dynamic microphone is the savior, because it has a limited range and direction in its picking up of sound. In order to get a loud signal from a dynamic microphone, you have to really gain it up, which is why people use these mics at a lower gain setting, to record on lower levels and acquire a cleaner signal in an imperfect acoustic environment, providing one with more control in the post-production process. So, don’t wait any longer, choose any of the above 5 microphones and begin your journey into home recordings! Check… 1, 2… check…
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Shure SM58 – Shure Website | Sennheiser e945 – Sennheiser Website | Sontronics SOLO – Promusicals Website | sE Electronics V7 – sE Electronics Website | Audio-Technica ATM410 – Audio-Technica Website |