Microphones and Mic Stands
We’re not a big fan of USB mics, at least not for now. A well designed mic plugged into a well engineered mic pre amp will always be my first choice and have the quietest signal path. The mics we are suggesting below are well respected names that have been around for years and have a solid track record. You can definitely spend more, but we’re not recording the London Philharmonic here. We’re concerned with getting a clean and pleasant sounding voice record.
Don’t be fooled by the description as a kick drum mic. It’s a fantastic front address voice-over mic with lots of warmth and can handle all studio situations. This mic also comes with a hard-mount for your mic stand.
TELEFUNKEN M701 SHOCK MOUNT FOR TELEFUNKEN M82
For additional mic isolation we suggest you use a shock mount.
The Shure SM7B has the pop filter built in. It has as much warmth as the Telefunken M82, with slightly less highs. Like the Telefunken M82, it’s a front address mic.
RE-20 KIT (good value)
The Electrovoice RE-20 has been a staple in radio broadcast and for good reason. This front address mic has a warm tone and good rejection to off-axis sounds. We suggest the kit because an RE-20 is a heavy mic and wants a good shock mount. Well worth checking out.
RE-320 KIT (good value)
The technical comparison between the RE-20 and the RE-320 is the RE-320 is a little brighter and has a hotter output. To our ears, it has a more forgiving version of “Variable D” which both the RE-20 & RE-320 mics have. If you have an interviewee that tends to wander off mic, the RE320 will be a little more forgiving. So which one to buy – the 20 or 320? They’re both great! If you’ll be in situations where you need to record a kick drum or sax, then I’d go with the RE20. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
AUDIO TECHNICA AT2020
Audio Technica is a well known name in studio quality microphones and headphones. The AT2020 is good value for a clean and quiet mic. We consider it a great entry level mic. Note that it’s a side address mic. Rather that speaking into the top of the mic, you’re voicing into the side. Not a big deal, but it’s something to think about when considering your own studio’s setup, mic stands and ergonomics.
RODE PODCASTER MIC XLR VERSION
The Rode Podcaster is a solid mid-priced front address podcast mic. A good choice, especially if you’re needing to set up a studio for several simultaneous interviewees.
AUDIO TECHNICA BPHS1
Ok, so this is a different way to go. YOU are the mic stand! We suggest this setup for location setups or scenarios where the location is less controlled. It will work absolutely fine in studio as well, but the mic won’t have as much warmth in comparison to the other mics we’ve suggested.
RODE PSA1 MIC BOOM ARM
Mounting the Rode PSA1 Boom Arm is done either by clamping on to the side of a table or a more permanent installation by drilling into the table top. Boom arms have decent isolation, but we always suggest a shock mount.
GATOR FRAMEWORKS GFW TABLETOP MIC STAND
Solid, heavy, tabletop stand with good articulation. This is not a light duty stand.
SHURE MVL LAV MIC (budget priced)
Always have a recorder with you! Lav mics are small and therefore easy to have with you for a quick interview. The Shure MVL can be accessed by any recorder app.
SENNHEISER ME2 LAV MIC (mid priced)
Always have a recorder with you! Lav mics are small and therefore easy to have with you for a quick interview. This higher priced mic comes with the Apogee mic pre. Apogee is well known for their analogue to digital, digital to analogue converters. They’re among the best AD/DA converters out there and this converter is what’s between the high end Sennheiser ME2 lav and the smart phone recorder app. (Plus, with this package you get the Apogee app recorder!)
XLR MICROPHONE CABLES
The mic’s we’ve suggested all require XLR cables to connect the mics to the mixers.