Get The Right Microphone To Fit Your Needs


By: Drew McManus

In: Web Tech

There’s a great article from Adam Molina on that walks you through all of the considerations for selecting a microphone to use when creating online content. It’s clearly written in response to the uptick in organizations and individuals joining the ranks of online content creators. As a result, it’s an excellent mix of ground floor understanding and technical considerations to help you match a microphone with your usage and budget.

Plenty of technical jargon isn’t important, but it can be hard to tell it apart from the important stuff. Plenty of salespeople will just assume you know all of it when you ask about mics. So what do you need to look for in a microphone? Whether you’re shooting a short film, starting a YouTube channel, or upgrading your podcast setup, these are a few things you should know.

The article is broken into several sections designed to cover practical knowledge and critical tips for audio recording newbies:

  1. What’s your intended use case?
  2. What are the different kinds of microphones?
  3. Should you get a USB or XLR microphone?
  4. What are polar patterns?
  5. What is frequency response?
  6. What is sensitivity and SPL?
  7. Tips and tricks
    1. Treat the room
    2. Lavs shouldn’t be bumped
    3. Do you need an audio interface?
    4. Aim shotguns mics down at the chest
    5. Look into getting a Cloudlifter if you have a powerful dynamic mic

Each section is short and sweet so if you’re concerned this will come across as a lecture or online learning course, rest easy. Even if you aren’t looking to purchase microphones, this article has a number of useful considerations.

Read What to look for in a microphone

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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