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Condenser Mics: First Choice For The Studio

Did You Know That…Condenser Mics Are the First Choice For Recording in the Studio? -asks Bill Gibson

Condenser microphones are usually the first choice for studio vocal applications.

Commercial sounds may vary, but most professionally recorded hit vocals are recorded with a good condenser mic set on cardioid pick-up pattern, from a distance of 6 to 12 inches.

A vocal that’s recorded at this distance sounds full and warm on most condenser mics.

Recording at this proximity provides the recordist with the option of including the inherent sound of the acoustical environment in varying degrees.

Most lead vocals blend better in the mix when recorded with the microphone about a foot or so from the vocalist.

Close mic technique (form a distance of one to three inches) typically provides a sound that is a little too thick and cumbersome, especially when using a condenser mic.

-Bill Gibson

Bill Gibson, president of Northwest Music and Recording has spent the last 25 years writing, recording, producing and teaching music. Bill is a best-selling author and has written over 30 books on audio recording. His recently released 6-volume set, The Hal Leonard Recording Method is already receiving high praise for its user-friendly approach.

You can check out Bill’s books here.