Home Recording Studio Advice: Buying your first microphone (a pro's perspective)

http://recordingbootcamp.com/ http://ronansrecordingshow.com/ Ronan Chris Murphy shares a professional perspective on choosing the right microphone for your home studio. He also makes some Mic recommendations including the Shure SM57, Shure KSM32 and the MXL V67.

This episode is gear towards beginners with Home Studio

Ronan's Recording Show is an internet based "TV Show" celebrating all things cool about recording, hosted by world renown record producer mixer and recording engineer, Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson, Ulver, Jamie Walters, Steve Morse, Tony Levin, Terry Bozzio, Nels Cline, Steve Stevens, Pete Teo, Joan LaBarbara, Chucho Valdez...)


Ronan also runs a series of recording workshops called Home Recording Boot Camp


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Автор Hynes Paul ( назад)
hey man,i am confused between buying audio technica at2020 vs Mxl v67.,.,help me!!

Автор EmpireOfMarketing ( назад)
I want the microphone to use it with my amp...I need an audio interface for it too?. I have the MXL v67G and i bought a cable for it from another brand, it didnt worked. so i did a research i need a phantom power. idk what to buy :( can someone please tell me what i need to use it with my amp

Автор Blake Nix ( назад)
Love your vids. Lucked into a KSM32 at a pawn shop and am really glad to hear your opinion on it. I do love this mic. Definitely will be watching more of your shows. Question for you, should i look for another for XY mic'ing?

Автор Maik Winter ( назад)
Thanks Ronan, I was offered to buy the t.bone SC 1100 as my first home studio mic for singing. Do you have any experience with this one?

Автор Doctor McFarland Studios ( назад)
This guy talks with his hands

Автор TN MUSlC ( назад)
Do you think Neumann TLM 103 is goods for recording Rap. That person has a mid pitch voice?

Автор linkslinks 2 ( назад)
The Samson C01 Studio condenser mic is also a great mic, they go for about $80.00 .i think its a great sounding mic for cheap but id love to try out the shure ksm32 thats next thanks for the vid bro .cheers

Автор Ganesh Ramnath ( назад)
Hi Ronan. I would like to know your opinion about the MXL V67i. I read it has two usable mic sides, so like having two microphones in one (a warm and a bright option). Do you know if this mic is as good as your suggested MXL V67? I am going to by the MXL V67i or the MXL V67...

Автор Alcaeus89 ( назад)
everything I try to record ends up having a small waveform and sounds too quiet. Can you think of any reason why this happens? The mics are less than a foot away from my source and I am positive I am pointing the front of the mics towards it. I don't think its the recording environment either, because 'm just trying to record in my bedroom. I have my recording volume set all the way up to zero dB and my phantom power is on. I even tried turning up the gain, but that didn't help much. I am using MXL 603S condenser mics through my Scarlett 18i20 interface. Abelton live 9 is my DAW

Автор James Cassidy (82 года назад)
I have a question! what do think about rodes lower end and mid range mics? for example they make one called the NT1-a which I found those higjs very harsh and I would not use it but then for about 50-100$ more they make one called the NT1 its black and there have been a few models of the NT1 over te years! those highs were fixed because its a very flat sounding mic! some even dare compare it to a nuemann U-87 because of its flat range! anyway it was about 300$ and was wondering if youve heard of it and if you consider it to be a horrible mic? or anybody else please give me some feedback on what you think! if you own one or have used it!

Автор Rafael Bavelas ( назад)
Bluebird of Blue or Shure sm7 is a good idea for home recording ?

Автор anonymusum ( назад)
Thanks for your vid. I really can confirm that though I am far away from your expertise of course. I have several mics but only 5 types for my recordings of theatre productions and for my keyboard live setup (Leslie). That is: Shure SM57, SM81 (I really love them), KSM32 and the Beyerdynamics TGX81 (for vocals) and MCE82 (stereo mic for rehearsal recordings or recording of room acoustics.) What do you think about my choices?

Автор Wasfi Joukhadar (1459 лет назад)
Hi Ronan, thanks for this great video, and i would like to ask you about my two mics i have.
i bought a shure beta 27 and i think it is a good material, but as a gift i just received an Se x1.
now i`m confusing which one is the best?
please help me choosing the right mic to start recording my songs, knowing that i want to record a classic guitar and vocal separately.
thanks in advanced.

Автор tr3vis123 ( назад)
i was considering the sm57 but my budget calls up to 299$ for mic. iv got 4 possible mics but in your proffesional opinion will any mic really do better then sm57 mic

Автор Martí Sanmartí ( назад)
Dear Ronan, I enjoyed so much your vid. Thanks a lot. I just bought an USB interface. I play most of the string bass instruments and I want to record compositions for all of them, including maybe some vocals and some percussion made with the double bass. Which affordable mic would you recommend me. Let's say 80-150 bucks. Your vid is now some years old. Any new mic that you've discovered? Thanks again.

Автор Gryffind Oz ( назад)
Hello what about At2020 and Akg perception 12o for vocals ?

Автор 怎麼辦阿辰 ( назад)
Hi Ronan,
I  appreciate and thank for your video.
If I only have $100, what condenser microphone can I choose?
What's about the mxl 770?
I want to use this microphone to record the male sound?
I want to use Alesis iO2 EXPRESS for my recording interface, can you recommend this one? or can you recommend any else for about this prise?
thank for your replay^^

Автор Milton Palacio ( назад)
What do you recommend for recording brass instruments. Thank you.

Автор Fer Lamp ( назад)
Hey Ronan Loved your advice about the MXL V67G just picked it up and it has been wonderful, one question ive been hearing alot of good things about the MCA SP1 have you ever used one or have you heard any feed back about it?

thanks again for the blog 

Автор Leoncavallo Cecile ( назад)
Hi Ronan.Thanks for this tutorial! I really learn a lot of experiences from it! And i just want to ask you that do you think those USB microphones are good for home studio? BTW, if i just recording vocals no instruments, is SM58 a better option for me? Sorry for my bad English since i am not a native English speaker

Автор Darren Hill Music ( назад)
Is that the MXL V67g or V67i? Also, how does it sound on male vox?

Автор Michael Maple ( назад)
Hi Ronan,
Of all the people giving advices and reviews you seem most trustworthy to me. So i'll ask this - what do you think about Rode NT-1 or sE Electronics X1. Do you like any of those, both, none? And if they're not good - what would you recommend for the price?
Main use is recording high male and female Hard Rock/Heavy Metal vocal and occasional Acoustic guitar - but the guitar is less important. 

If you manage to answer I would be very grateful, if not thanks anyways for the great video :)

Автор Asif Mahbub ( назад)
Hello. I've been roaming around the internet like a lost puppy for a couple of months now, and you seem like a nice guy to lick. Haha.. sorry. Seriously though, I need a bit of help. I need good mics for my studio, but i'm confused between the mxl 550/551, 440/441, v67g, v63m, and even sm57 lol. It's basically my first good mic, and my budget can't exceed much more than a 100 dollars. My recording purposes are vocals firstly(versatile, ranging from raw powered vocals to smooth, mellow tones), micing guitar amps(clean and moderately overdriven, never too distorted), acoustic guitars(fingerstyle inclusive), and a few percussive instruments.. now, I know i sound like an idiot when I say I need something within 100 bucks to cover such a wide range of applications, but i did find a few(the ones i mentioned above). And I'm completely confused, because different people have different reviews. I need them asap too(need to order within tomorrow or else gotta wait a month more, i live in a third-world country).. so, i would really, really appreciate if you could give me a response. Thanks.

Автор Jerry McKenzie ( назад)
Hi Ronan, really enjoy your videos - it's great to get advice from someone with your extensive knowledge and experience.
I'm also a fan of the Shure KSM series - I regretted selling my KSM44 some years ago, but finally replaced it with the KSM42 to use specifically for vocals.  Really sweet mics.   Do you have any thoughts or comments on the KSM42?

Автор Jeff Killingsworth ( назад)
Hi Ronan.  Hope you are doing well.  I have come back to watch this video several times to consider purchasing my next mic for my small home studio.  I currently have a decent set of shure mics:  SM7B, SM57 and an SM58.  I have considered purschasing a used KSM27.....your thoughts on that Mic?  What other condenser mics would you consider in the $100-$200 price range?  Thanks.

Автор anibal vega ( назад)
Thank you for the video Ronan, i think you hit exactly at the point in wich most people argue about, condenser mics vs dynamic mics... but i have just a QUESTION, it is true that the only way of getting a nice sound of a condenser mic is having a high-cost treated room for recording ?, thank you, By the way, i just got my first sm57 by following your advices, thank you again !

Автор dii ( назад)
Hey Ronan! I'm in a market for a condenser mic for voiceovers/singing and i can't make a decision.. i'm more into USB to buy less hardware and be mobile, thought of Blue Yeti/Spark at first, but now i'm more into Rode NT-USB which ignores background noise and has a nice pop filter built-in.. then i noticed MXL V67G is now sold for like 70$ and i'm not sure if i should instead get it + daw.. but id lose so much mobility without usb..
could you advise anything? budget is under 200

Автор Syed Armaghan Hassan ( назад)
Thanks Ronan

Автор Patrick Skelton ( назад)

I love watching your videos. You're always spot on and trustworthy. I bought a KSM32 on your recommendation and I absolutely love it on vocals and acoustic guitar. It's got that nice Shure midrange that sounds perfect to my ears.

Автор Monica Dollive ( назад)
Hi Ronan. I'm looking for a single mic for under $200 to use for general youtube covers with vocals and acoustic guitar / ukulele, preferably something that can transfer to a computer easily. If you could give me a suggestion, that'd be great! (Someone recommended the Zoom H2n handy recorder?)

Автор Misael V. ( назад)
is there any recommended good mics for singing under 100$? id imagine i have to buy a phantom power supply, but i wanna use it with my computer, so how could i connect it to the computer?

Автор Adrian Almeciga ( назад)
Hi Ronnan i have a small home studio and i want to record voices and acoustics and electric guitars and i was thinking in a Mxl 2006.So what do you think, please give your opinion. Thanks

Автор Amber Light Studios ( назад)
blue baby bottle for vocals, acoustic guitars, and actually GREAT as a distant guitar amp mic especially running through the Blue Robbie tube pre 

Автор Vivian ELF ( назад)
I want to do covers on my PC with audacity and I am thinking what mics to buy and filters? Could you give me some recommendation and where I could get them/

Автор Estefanopoulos Jasser ( назад)
What's a good suggestion for recording acoustic guitars, amps(electric guitar amps, nothing extremely loud.), and male baritone-tenor voices on an untreated recording environment? I'd like to get something used and around the $150-ish price range at most.
I'm using a Scarlett 18i6 interface

at2035, at2050, or mcad 179 are mainly what I'm looking at. Alternatively, the MXL v67g, since you mentioned it.

Автор Areta Meek ( назад)
what about AT4040 or Rode nt2a?

Автор paul pontillo ( назад)
I have a blue spark at the moment and i do love the microphone in my recording studio but i am looking to upgrade.. i do alot of hip hop as well as pop and R&B vocals.  What would you recommend for under 1000 that would be better then the spark now that its 2014 

Автор AGPMandavel ( назад)
Hi Ronan, just discovered your channel.

I need to buy two general purpose mics. Drum/room mics, vox, guitar cab, etc. I have a limited budget (let's say 600ish max) to spend on this pair. I am heavily, heavily looking into the shure pg27 (not USB version) for my choice. Your knowledge/advice on this would be great. I'm a bit of a shure fanboy and know they make great stuff.

Автор Robin Criollo ( назад)
Hi! Thanks for that video, I appreciate so much... and.. I have a question.. ¿What do you think of Rode NT1A? and... ¿What external sound target you recommended me? (Maybe 3 I try to have eleccion) Thanks! And greetings from Colombia :p

Автор MyLoveForMusic ( назад)
Question. :) would I need pop filter for SM57 ??

Автор Darren Hill Music ( назад)
Hi, I have a question. I own a Shure 515SD which, from researching it, im told is fairly similar to the SM57. I want to invest in a new mic, do you think i`d be better off buying an SM57 or the MXL V67?

Автор Ben Tyreman ( назад)
what do you think of the Neumann TLM193?

Автор damillionmalania ( назад)
I'm pretty new to recording and I have a question regarding recording vocals in general. I own an SM57 and a pop filter and I'm in a room with absorbing fabric hanging loosely off all the walls. The room may be a little big to be a vocal booth (about 15 square meters or so). The people at my local music store seem a bit divided regarding getting a reflection filter/mic shield. One guy said I should definitely get one and yet another said it won't make much of a difference if the room is already treated the way mine is. It's all very confusing. Seeing as you seem to know a lot about recordings, who do you think I should be listening to Ronan?

Автор daumantas baba ( назад)
i cant listent to this guy he is not gangsta

Автор rainbowdeep ( назад)
hey Ronan  The instrumentals on my channel would be sounding much better if I used the mixing desk behind you  lolol  .  show off    you know your mics though .  thanks for the tutorial.

Автор ~Ryanrjlim~ ( назад)
I was wondering if there are newer options which are better than these options you have given, since this video was made back in 2009. 

Автор Grayson Libowski ( назад)
i have a question , please answer cause i really need help. So i wanted to get a mic that records al instruments like drums and guitar. I dont know anything about mics really so i've just been watching reviews on yt and stuff. I came across samson meteor mic and Blue Yeti. Im not sure if those mics are the right ones for recording , what do you think about it? Which one is better or which one is better than al those two mics.

Автор Darwin Abing ( назад)
Hello sir.
What can you say about CAD GXL2200?

Автор Paul Solomon ( назад)
thanks for the valuable information, what are the differences between SM58 and SM57? which one is better,

Автор 0509brook ( назад)
those "windscrren" :D 4:20

Автор Luciano Saettone ( назад)
hey, im not sure if ull answer but i wanna give it a try, i wanna buy a condenser microphone, which one u like the most? shure beta 27, mk4-sennheiser, or baby blue bottle? or which other one would u recommend me? 400$ to spend more or less, thanks bro ur video was awesome!

Автор admarvelwarlock ( назад)
Hey, I'm doing research on mics cause I wanna start doing Gameplay videos and all I got here is a Plantronics Gamecom 777. I'm using Camtasia for Video Editing but the sound of my voice man ... it doesn't show up ! My voice is the worst, i talk very inwards and .... i dont know what to do. I don't know Anything about Music or Sound so researching its confusing me rather then enlighting me. I've heard great things about the BLUE YETI but I wanted to have something a lot smaller around, like the one you have on ur shirt. What do you have to say about it ? Is that one even attachable to a PC ? What its name ? Please help me !

Автор John O'Neill ( назад)
That was really helpful, thanks!  I was wondering what your opinion of the SM58? is it inferior to the SM57?  Right now I am mainly interested in something to record a female vocalist and an acoustic guitar.

Автор MONSTEROID31 ( назад)
which is better in your opinion ? AT 4033 4040, or akg 214 . or is there something else around the price?

Автор Erik Teh ( назад)
Thanks so much for your professional advice! I'm a noob and I'm about to get my first mic. Need some advice pls :)
1) Could I record both voice and acoustic guitar at the same time with this mic?
2) Would this mic be a good choice for acoustic guitar and guitar amps?
3) I tend to sound sibilant on dynamics in a live setting. Wld this or the V67i still be a good option?
4) I'm considering the MXL V67i so that I can have the bright and warm options available. Is it a good option?

Tks so much!

Автор Todd George ( назад)
V67G or SM57 for podcasts, YouTube videos, and voice overs on PowerPoint presentations? I will plugging into a Line 6 KB37. Thanks!

Автор Tom Roberts ( назад)
solid advice. 

Автор WideOpenChange ( назад)
SE X1 or SM57 for home recording studio with a 22vsl interface? It will be used for acoustics, male vocals and maybe some electric distorted guitar amp down the road. Thanks!!

Автор Jonathan Miller ( назад)
I use a Scarlett 2i4 interface with a AT4040

Автор kixcom1 ( назад)
+Ronan Chris Murphy  I'm buying my first decent mic for recording, So far the Shure SM57 seems my best option, I want to record Guitar and Vocals with it. I will be using high distortion on the amp. Would you agree its the best option or is there another microphone i should check out ?

Автор Jellybeantiger ( назад)
I was amazed when I saw Peter Gabriel on a doco recording his vocals through a Shure Sm57  for his 4th album.The album with the song Shock The Monkey.

Автор Omar Mahmoud ( назад)
plz sir , what's your opinion about Samson Co3u ?!! And thanx for replay :) :) :) 

Автор SirScreem71 ( назад)
I get a lot of hiss noise in my recordings. It improved when I went from an cheap mic to the Shure SM58, but I still have the background hiss to some extent. Would changing to the SM57 improve the sound quality?

Автор CedarValleyMusic ( назад)
Thanks dude, very informative.  

Автор GodDamnit7711 ( назад)
+Ronan Chris Murphy Should I get the V67G, SE X1, or SE 2200a II C? I know it's such a general question, but I'm just looking for a cheap vocal microphone for male vocals...

Автор Jack von Cider ( назад)
thoose sure sm57s look neat :)

Автор Spups ( назад)
What is your opinion on the V67G/S?
I'm looking to buy a first condenser microphone for a Scarlett 2i2 audio interface, and I was wondering what would suit Male vocals/acoustic guitar
Was also wondering about the at2035 by audio technica, and the blue spark.


Автор matthew wortley ( назад)
What abput the rode NT 1 A?

Автор Eric Kellestine ( назад)
Hey Ronan,
What would you use for a piano and digital keyboard as well as the acoustic guitar??

Автор 908lion ( назад)
yes to everything he said and dont listen to idiots behind the register there sales men not engineers 

Автор batesband ( назад)
This was a great video, helped me loads and I'm getting a shure sm57 purely on your advice!!! 

Автор Anticipate Gaming ( назад)
thank you so much for tyour video in response i was thinking about getting the yeti blue pro mic its the best usb mic you can buy i am a r&b singer as well as rap do you think that mic would be apporpriate to use or should i get the mxlv67 and what else to i need to make it sound good as far as devices when i have it recorded to my laptop. thank you

Автор n3bulka ( назад)

Автор Robbie Hamilton ( назад)
Who's Bjurk?

Автор johncastello ( назад)

Автор BORN7SUPREME ( назад)
If you get a half decent mic make sure your pre amp is of good quality as well.nothing worse than having a good mic & horrible pre or vice versa

Автор jeremias monnerat ( назад)
ahh damn :P thanks anyway :)

Автор Ronan Chris Murphy ( назад)
I have never used a USB mic, but I generally like Audia-Technica mics.

Автор jeremias monnerat ( назад)
Ok thank you :) I was looking at two audio technica mics (I do want a usb mic) the at-2020 (since every one has it :D) and the atr2500. Could you maybe advice me on thoose two. In videos where both are compared I cant really hear the difference due to my cheap 20 euros headset :)

Автор Ronan Chris Murphy ( назад)
I have started using a Shure MX150 lavalier mic which I have been very happy with. If you can use a phantom powered mic with an XLR output, this is a good choice. I think Audio Technica has some good affordable options as well. Since I do not use lav mics in music recording very often I do not know as much about them as I would like.

Автор jeremias monnerat ( назад)
Ronan I'm going to begin recording tutorials again, on this new channel.
My old channel was /blendercgartist and I'm looking to remake these in better quality.
The quality should be found in the content but also in sound quality :D
Could you recommend me one under 200 euros?

Автор Harry Dickus ( назад)
Click out the clip below:

Fast forward 4:43

Is it possible to record vocals from home doing what Bono is doing with the Shure SM-58? I guess he is using an awesome compression and pre-amp....

Автор Ronan Chris Murphy ( назад)
Ahh, OK so you can't use the analog tape to add excitement. One of the big difference between home recordings and big records is lots of good compression on the vocal. That gives it a lot of big close feeling. It is also important to look at making sure that the arrangement of the track supports the vocal. Also if you record close to an SM58, you will get extra low frequencies, so use that to tailor your sound. Great mic pres always help, but it is probably not your biggest problem.

Автор Harry Dickus ( назад)
Digital. It records onto a SD card. It's the Tascam DP-32....

Автор Ronan Chris Murphy ( назад)
Is it a cassette portastudio or digital?

Автор Harry Dickus ( назад)
Ronan, I'm currently recording my vocals off a Shure SM-58, but the vocals sound dull and lifeless. Is it because I need to run it through a decent pre-amp? Right now it's runs straight to my Tascam Portastudio (via Phantom Power). Can you give me some tips on getting my vocals more brighter and sounding lifelike?

Автор Ronan Chris Murphy ( назад)
I have never used a Rode mic that I have liked.

Автор Junnyjatz-Beats [JunnyjatzMadeit] ( назад)
Ronan bro wat do u think about nta1, nta2, an nta3 studio mics

Автор Ronan Chris Murphy ( назад)
I think they are great if that is the sound you are looking for. Ribbons traditionally have a very soft top and provide more body than air.

Автор Ronan Chris Murphy ( назад)
I think the best first mic is a Shure SM57. Your mic collection will expand over the years, but you will still be using the 57 decades from now if you are still recording.

Автор Isaiah Furrow ( назад)
once I get my audio interface, I plan to get a better mic. Should I get a SHURE SM57, SM58, of the MXL V67, while I save for an eventual Shure KSM32? If I get a SM58 I would likely use it in place of my current mic, so not a total loss. I am currently using a SHURE PG48, and it's OK for what I'm using it for, but has a lot of handling noise and I'm "SHURE" I can get better for about $100. Thanks so much for the videos. Also, considering Focusrite 2i4 for the interface.

Автор Tiziano Demaria ( назад)
What do you think about ribbon for Vocals and Violins?

Автор BORIS TUBETI ( назад)
Top 5 superpro anyprice condensers?) thanks

Автор Ronan Chris Murphy ( назад)
A console opens up a different set of sonic options, but people make successful records without consoles every day.

Автор JM Official ( назад)
hey.. i bought a powerful cpu tower to get my protools moving good a week ago. i want to know if a console is NECESSARY to master my songs and make my vocals good and neat..

Автор Ronan Chris Murphy ( назад)
I would get a Shure SM58, it only cost about a hundred bucks and is the one most used by pros, including some of the biggest artists in the world.

Автор Ronan Chris Murphy ( назад)
I have not used that yet, but at that same price the SE X1 is a good mic.

Автор kerwinkaas16 ( назад)
What do you think of the MXL CR30?

Автор Ronan Chris Murphy ( назад)
I would not recommend a tube mic with your budget.

Автор NewPrithvirajChauhan ( назад)
I don't want it to use anymore, because my opinion is that a usb microphone can never give youuu the quality of a XLR cable microphone with a preamp. Am I right? Soo Can you explain me what a Tube microphone is? Cause alot of people told me that rappers should use a tube microphone. I can spend more than 800 Dollars on the mic, and about 500 for a mixer.. thanks

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