Different Microphones On The Same Source - Hear The Difference

05-26-2014 05:04 PM

Perhaps you are new to recording and you wonder what all these different micirophones are about.
In a recent post we talked about the importance of microphone placement and how simply moving the microphone can make a difference to the sound.
Microphones in this examples include a Dynamic, Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones, Hi End Condenser microphone a budget Condenser and a Ribbon microphone.
You’ve been asking for more sound examples, so in this test we simply put 5 different microphones in front of an acoustic guitar and record both picking and strumming. This isn’t a shoot out in the case of ‘which one is best’ it’s more to show how different microphones change the sound. Even more interesting when the playing style changes so does the character of the microphone. So one microphone works better for the strumming and another for the picking.
There is no EQ, compression or effects on any of these recordings, simply the microphone peaking at -10db.
Check them out, there’s no right or wrong, simply differences.
Which do you prefer?