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Microphones 101 -- Chosing & Using The Right Microphone For The Job

Any recording engineer will tell you, the most important part of getting a good recording is selecting and using the right microphone. In this section we'll take a look at your options for every budget, and how to use them properly to get the best sound possible! It's now possible for a recordist of any budget to fully stock their microphone collection for every situation. No matter your budget, and no matter your needs, you can find an option that suits you!

Windscreens vs Pop Filters
When using microphones, you'll probably find you need either windscreens or pop screens at some point. What's the difference and which do you for what purposes? About.com's Joe Shambro explains the difference.

Microphones: The 3 to 1 Rule
If you're recording or mixing live sound with microphones, you'll encounter phase problems when using multiple microphones. In this article, you'll learn the 3 to 1 rule, a special rule to remember to help keep phase problems under control.

Microphones 101: Polar Patterns
Selecting a microphone is a lot harder than just "condenser" or "dynamic". In this article, About.com Home Recording Guide Joe Shambro explains the difference between cardioid, hypercardioid, omnidirectional and more, including the uses & ideal applications of each.

Spotting a Fake Shure Microphone
In the market for a Shure SM57 or SM58? Beware of fakes! This guide will show you how to spot a fake Shure SM57 or SM58 microphone, two of the most common microphones ever sold.

The Space Shuttle Recording Project
A space shuttle launch is one of the most dynamic events in the world of acoustics -- and capturing it has been one of the greatest challenges of recording. Join About.com's Joe Shambro as we record and archive the sounds of the space shuttle -- and explain how we do it.

Modify Your Nady RSM-4 Ribbon Microphone
The Nady RSM-4 ribbon microphone is a fantastic value; it's cheap, it sounds great, and it's extremely useful. But believe it or not, it can be better! Check out these very simple modifications that anyone with a steady hand can perform -- the difference is worth it!

Recording: Microphone Polar Patterns
Selecting a microphone is a lot harder than just "condenser" or "dynamic". In this article, About.com Home Recording Guide Joe Shambro explains the difference between cardioid, hypercardioid, omnidirectional and more, including the uses & ideal applications of each.

Stereo Microphone Techniques
Looking to record an instrument in stereo, or tape a concert with a stereo pair of microphones? Check out our guide to using the XY, ORTF, NOS, and A/B stereo microphone techniques.

Condenser vs. Dynamic Microphones
A guide to the differences between condenser microphones vs. dynamic microphones. Topics covered include the selection, use, and application details of the different kind of microphones.

Shure Beta 98 D/S Microphone Review
Recording drums -- and mixing live drums -- is always a challenge, but with great tools, it becomes a lot easier! The Shure Beta 98 D/S is a fantastic microphone for toms, snare, and anything else you can clamp it to!

Five Great Microphones Under $200
Five Great Microphone Recommendations Under $200 - Microphones For Every Budget And Use!

DIY Microphone Projects
If you have a great deal more patience than I do, you might enjoy these DIY microphone projects. They use Panasonic capsules which sound really good, and a lot of common electronic parts you can find at your local Radio Shack.

Microphone Museum
A really great online museum dedicated to the microphone. Surprisingly, a lot of these microphones looked familiar; some of them (or their decendents) are still used in top-quality studios today!

European Microphones of the Past
A great look of European microphones of the past, including Acos, AKG, Tesla, and many more.

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