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5 Solid Reasons to Use Dynamic Mics on Vocals


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Let’s face it, choosing the best type of microphone for recording your vocals is no easy business. In fact, it’s got to a point where there are so many microphones available – the choice has become overwhelming.

However, before you jump into individual microphones and decide which one is best for you, it’s a good idea to break down your selection to the core basics. Most notably, this refers to whether you should choose a dynamic mic or a condenser mic.

While many musicians opt for condenser mics in their home studio, there are plenty of reasons as to why a dynamic mic could be the ideal choice for you when you’re looking for a suitable live vocal mic. Today, I’m going to explain why dynamic mics make more sense for vocalists.

1. Less Interfering Noise

Honestly, condenser microphones are great because they pick up everything in crisp, clear detail. However, that’s also the problem. They do pick up everything, which means your vocals can become incredibly muddy when recording, especially if the mic picks up a lot of bleed from other instruments.

This isn’t a problem with dynamic mics. Since dynamic mics are typically less sensitive than condenser mics, it’s far better at recording just your vocal sounds, rather than everything else in the room or auditorium.

2. A Much Smoother Sound

Condenser mics are renowned for their sensitivity in the high end, but when recording certain types of vocals, these sounds can become quite harsh and somewhat piercing.

Whether you’re experiencing this problem with your own condenser mic, or you want to avoid this issue altogether, a dynamic mic might give you a smoother sound in the high-end. While you may lack the extreme amounts of detail that you’ll get from a condenser mic, you may find that the sound works well on certain vocalist in specific harder genres such as hardcore and metal.

3. A Portable Solution

If you’re performing on stage, the chances are that you’re going to want to move around, as remaining stationery can be quite boring to your audience. You want to be energetic and lively to create the best experience.

The handling noise and the sometimes necessary external power supply makes a condenser mic a poor portable solution. A wireless dynamic mic gives you much more freedom on stage, giving you the ability to give a much more engaging performance without having to worry about cables.

4. The Outstanding Durability

Compared with condenser microphones, dynamic mics tend to have a much higher durability rating; some might say they’re virtually indestructible. These mics are capable of withstanding extremely high volumes and sound pressures without compromising quality or function.

Not only is this great for handling a vast range of vocal volumes, the less circuitry and electrics mean that these mics tend to hold up better against water damage, and issues typically caused by dust and dirt.

5. The Affordable Price Tag

Of course, this is solely going to depend on your budget and the brand and model of mic that you choose to buy, but as a rule of thumb, dynamic mics are renowned for being much more affordable than their condenser counterparts.

Not only is this great for budget-conscious musicians looking for a good mic for a great price, but it also means you’ll be able to get a lot more bang for your buck if you choose to invest in a premium model.

About the Author: Gavin Whitner is a passionate musician and blogger at MusicOomph. When he’s not dabbling with music, he can be found watching sports, especially sprinting and tennis.


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I’m Björgvin Benediktsson. I’m a musician, audio engineer and best-selling author. I help musicians and producers make a greater impact with their music by teaching them how to produce and engineer themselves. I’ve taught thousands of up and coming home studio producers such as yourself how to make an impact with their music through Audio Issues since 2011.

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