5 Under $500: Vocal Microphones for Working Musicians

If there’s a king of recording equipment, there’s no doubt it would be the microphone. Arguably providing the most significant impact on your recorded sound (at least within the realm of gear), finding a mic that complements your voice can pay more dividends than almost any other purchase. Sure, the studio classics and vintage condenser mics run thousands upon thousands of dollars, but for the amateur or working musician looking to track themselves, there is no shortage of great mics used in pro studios worldwide for less than $500.

Gear for the Working Ear: Five Tools Every Engineer Needs

Who knows how it happened? Maybe the band chose you to record their DIY releases. Maybe you’ve been sketching demos out your whole life. Maybe you inherited a panoply of gear from your quirky uncle Alfred. Whatever the case, you’ve already got the bases covered (the interface, the computer, the MIDI-controller, etc.), but now you’ve got a real problem: you’ve been bitten by the bug—the engineering bug. You want to improve your skill set and your efficiency. You need to procure a tight ecosystem of gear that’ll get you from point A to point B as expeditiously as possible.

Unveiled: Shure KSM8 Microphones

Shure QLXD Wireless System

In the following video, B&H’s own Rob Rives demonstrates the new QLX-D digital wireless audio system, and some of the applications in which it can be useful. The video’s audio is all recorded through the QLX-D system, allowing you to hear exactly what it’s capable of capturing. Rives gives us a rundown of its specs, including the extended frequency range and AES 256-bit encryption. He also switches up the microphones he uses, demonstrating the line’s range.


Video: A Guide to Shure PG ALTA Microphones

In the following video, Rob Rives, from B&H, discusses the Shure PG ALTA line of microphones. The microphones are designed to provide high-quality sound at an approachable price point for musicians and performers in a wide range of recording and live applications.


CES 2015: Shure’s MOTIV-ating New Line of Digital Microphones

Shure’s contributions to this year’s CES come in the form of some very forward-thinking digital microphones with very vintage aesthetics, and a mobile app to complement them. First up is the stereo MV88, which sees the audio giant jump headfirst into the growing and crowded iOS audio market. It is equipped with a Lightning connector, and so attaches directly to your iPhone or iPad, and features a 90-degree hinge for flexibility in positioning. Like all in the MOTIV series, it will capture your audio in 48 kHz/24-bit quality.


The Shure 5575LE Unidyne Limited Edition 75th Anniversary Microphone

Shure has announced the 5575LE Unidyne Limited Edition 75th Anniversary Vocal Microphone.

Shure Updates the SM-Series Microphone Line

Though many of the microphones in Shure’s SM series, such as their SM57 and SM58, are considered to be staples both live and in the studio, Shure is clearly not content to let the reputation of the SM series be based solely on earlier accomplishments. To that end, the company recently made two additions to the SM lineup, in the form of headset and lavalier mics.

USB Microphones: Versatile and Easy to use

Today’s technology user constantly demands smaller and more portable devices. Customers want all-in-one, plug-and-play solutions that are versatile and easy to use. The world of audio recording has certainly followed suit, hence the growing popularity of USB microphones.

Wireless Audio Recording Systems

Whether you are a student, independent filmmaker, production company, or video journalist, wireless miking is an invaluable technique, and in many cases, one that you simply cannot do without. While shotgun mics will always have an important place in audio for film, the ability to close-mic a subject can allow for clearer dialog capture.


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