Our editors’ desk setups, part 2: Samuel needs order
by Samuel Buchmann
Microphones serve as a pivotal tool for a variety of audio recording and broadcasting needs. Whether it's capturing the clarity of a voice during a podcast, amplifying a singer's performance live onstage, or recording instruments for a music production, microphones are integral to the process. Customers range from content creators and musicians to public speakers and filmmakers, all relying on microphones to deliver high-quality sound. Daily usage varies widely based on the environment—from the controlled acoustics of a studio to the bustling sounds of outdoor venues, mics ensure that the intended audio is heard clearly and distinctly.
Navigating the diverse range of microphones requires familiarity with the various subtypes, each designed for specific applications. Headset microphones are ideal for hands-free operation during presentations or gaming. Measuring microphones are precise tools used in acoustic engineering. Boundary layer microphones capture sound in a conference setting, while small diaphragm mics are favored for their detailed sound in studio recordings. Vocal microphones are typically used live, with large diaphragm microphones being the studio counterpart, prized for their rich sound. Instrument microphones are tailored to pick up the unique frequencies of different instruments, whereas lavalier microphones offer discreet audio capture for interviews. For mobile devices, specialized mics improve audio quality for on-the-go recordings. Video microphones enhance sound pickup for video production, and ribbon microphones are beloved for their vintage warmth. For environments where mobility is essential, wireless microphone systems provide freedom of movement.
When selecting a microphone, important properties like power supply can be a deciding factor. Many modern microphones are equipped with USB power delivery, offering convenience and compatibility with various devices. Customers should consider their power source when choosing a mic, especially if they require mobility or have limited access to traditional power outlets.
Quality brands like HyperX, whose QuadCast S model is renowned for its versatility and ease of use, are a testament to the diverse offerings in the market. JBL's Wireless Mikrofon Set allows performers to move freely without the restraints of cables. DJI has made strides with their compact 'Mic' that caters to mobile recording needs. Shure, a stalwart in the industry, is represented by the SM7B, a microphone celebrated for its exceptional sound reproduction, especially for vocals. Lastly, RØDE's Wireless GO II system exemplifies innovation in the field of wireless audio, providing crystal-clear sound transmission for a variety of applications.