TYPES OF MICROPHONES AND THEIR USES
There are so many types of microphones that are designed for a specific purpose. Manufacturers know the dynamic use of microphones; this is why they invest in as many types as possible for maximum productivity based on your needs. Whatever your function or action, you will find a microphone best suited for that purpose. When you walk into a store selling microphones, you will be amazed by the wide range of microphones and prices. It may be true that the more expensive the mic, the better the sound. This does not mean that fairly priced mics will not perform well. If you have a shoe string budget, you can still get a good mic at a fair price. Dynamic microphones fall in the category of fairly priced well performing mics.
Types of dynamic microphones
These are the ones used mostly. They have a high Sound Pressure Level (SPL). It can be used during functions and is loud enough to be heard for quite a distance. These microphones perform well and are fairly priced.
- Drum microphones
Different drums produce different sounds. The cymbals which come with the drums kit also produce its own sound. Drum microphones comes in sets of many microphones, sometimes 5 or more. Using these microphones to amplify the sound produced by the drums kit makes the sound produced more enjoyable.
- Microphones for brass, reeds, stringed and wind instruments
This microphone is very small and light in weight. It is especially designed with a frequency that receives sound from the specific instrument. It comes with a mounting that is used to attach the mic to the instrument.
- Bullet microphone
This microphone is designed for the harmonica. The round short casing makes it easy for it to be wound on the players hand close to the harmonica. The sound produced is splendid when the microphone amplifies it.
- Wireless microphones
Wireless microphones are similar to those that have codes. The only difference is the wireless microphone has a transmitter that allows it to move at a wider range. The receiver unit of the wireless microphone is attached to the PA system or to a mixer. Radio frequency is used to provide the signal needed by the wireless microphone.
Whichever microphone you need, you can now make the right decision when it comes to purchasing one. With the wide range of microphones available, it can over whelming making a decision. However, once you know specifically why you need the microphone, making a decision on the type is easier. Take note of possibly the direction the mic will be picking the sound from. This is very important in knowing which mic is ideal for you. You really do not want your event or function ruined because you bought the wrong microphone. A good microphone provides clear sounds without interruption from the environment. Microphone manufacturers have thought of it all, all you need to do is consider what is best for you and make your purchase.