My New Microphone’s Most-Recommended Microphones
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My New Microphone’s Most-Recommended Microphones

This post acts as a reference for My New Microphone’s most recommended microphones. The microphones will be listed, followed by the articles in which they are recommended. Note that this list is not suggestive of the best microphones in the world. Those lists, including the 50 Best Microphones Of All Time (With Alternate Versions &…

Best Microphones For Miking Glockenspiel
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Best Microphones For Miking Glockenspiel

The glockenspiel. This seemingly childlike instrument is heard across many genres and is a staple in music production. I like to think of glockenspiels as higher-pitched metal xylophones. The instrument is fun to play (and say), and has a unique, shiny sound that can really stand out in orchestral settings and add value to musical…

Best Microphones For Miking Accordion
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Best Microphones For Miking Accordion

The accordion (often referred to as a squeezebox) is an interesting free reed aerophone instrument. Though strange to many, the accordion is used around the world and its tone and character are unmistakable. To capture the sound of the accordion for a recording or reinforcement in live gigging situations, the microphone should be carefully considered….

Best Microphones For Miking Bagpipes
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Best Microphones For Miking Bagpipes

The bagpipes. Though best known to the Anglophone world as a Scottish instrument, have been around for more than a millennium around the world. Bagpipes are strange woodwind instruments that utilize enclosed reeds fed by a continuous sack of air. The sound of the bagpipes is unmistakable to those who have heard it before. A…

Best Microphones For Miking Harmonica
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Best Microphones For Miking Harmonica

The harmonica (also known as the harp – to be or not to be confused with the string instrument) is a free reed woodwind instrument with a distinctive sound. Often found in Blues genres but also in Folk and Rock music, the harmonica is known for its expressiveness and “Bluesiness.” Because the harmonica is played…

Best Microphones For Miking Celesta
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Best Microphones For Miking Celesta

The celesta is a truly beautiful instrument. I like to think of it as a limited range upright piano with metal bars instead of strings. The timbre of the celesta is full and rich with luscious transients. When it comes to either recording or reinforcing the sound of the celesta, it all starts with the…

Best Microphones For Miking Tubular Bells
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Best Microphones For Miking Tubular Bells

The tubular bells (otherwise known as chimes) are an interesting tuned percussion instrument. Initially, the idea of tubular bells was to get a tuned church bell type sound in the music without the need of large belfries in the drum pit. Since then, the tubular bells have been a mainstay in many percussion pits of…

Best Microphones For Miking Timpani
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Best Microphones For Miking Timpani

Timpani (also known as kettledrums) are remarkable percussion instruments. Not only are the tuned drums, but with the simple movement of a pedal, these large drums are effectively and accurately tuned to different pitches. To capture the sound of timpani for recording or live sound reinforcement, we start with the microphone. Though many microphones work…

Best Microphones For Miking Vibraphone
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Best Microphones For Miking Vibraphone

The vibraphone is a tuned percussion instrument with a very unique sound. Vibraphones have metal bars are tuned chromatically, like a piano. The bars, resonators, and rubber mallets of the vibraphone yield deep tones with a relatively dark harmonic profile (compared to other tuned percussion instruments). When recording the vibraphone, the microphone (transducer) is an…

Best Microphones For Miking Xylophone
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Best Microphones For Miking Xylophone

When thinking of tuned percussion, the xylophone is often the first instrument that comes to mind. The instrument is fun to play (and spell), and has a unique, sharp sound that can really stand out in orchestral settings and add value to musical productions. But how do we best capture the sound of the xylophone?…

Best Microphones For Miking Marimba
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Best Microphones For Miking Marimba

The marimba is a tuned percussion instrument with a very unique sound. Marimbas are tuned chromatically, like a piano, giving the marimbist access to all the notes of western music theory. The bars, resonators, and rubber mallets of the marimba yield deep tones with a relatively rich harmonic profile (compared to other tuned percussion instruments)….

Best Microphones For Miking Pipe Organ
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Best Microphones For Miking Pipe Organ

Pipe organs makes up some of the biggest instruments in the world. They boast the widest range of any instrument and are built of massive pipes that connect to a keyboard. Pipe organs are typically found in churches and rarely require amplification due to their natural loudness. Therefore, when miking a pipe organ, we’re most…