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Beginner's Gear Guide: Project Studio Microphones

Beginner's Gear Guides: Project Studio Microphones

Start recording at home with these inexpensive mics.

You don't have to spend an arm and a leg to supply your home project studio with a few good mics. If you're ready to start recording vocals and instruments at home, check out our picks below.

USB microphones plug directly into your computer for the simplest possible setup -- no need for an audio interface, mixing board, or preamplifier. If you've already got an audio interface, check out our picks for standard XLR microphones.

Condenser microphones help you captured detailed vocals and acoustic instruments, while dynamic microphones are budget-friendly tools for tracking drums, guitar amps, and more. And if you're looking to build up your collection in a hurry, economical microphone packs are the way to go.
USB Condenser Microphones: Plug in and start recording fast
These simple microphones plug directly into your computer's USB port, with no need for a preamp or audio interface. They're ideal for dashing off quickie demos, voiceover auditions, podcasts, and more.Want to turn your existing XLR microphone into a USB device? Use an XLR to USB adapter like the Blue Icicle.

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  Samson C01U Condenser USB Microphone
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  BLUE Snowball Condenser USB Microphone Package
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  BLUE Icicle USB Microphone Interface
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Condenser Microphones: Capture vocals and acoustic instruments
When you're ready to record serious vocals or acoustic instruments in your home studio, start here. These entry-level condensers have proven to be worthy contenders among budget-minded engineers. Large-diaphragm condensers are a must-have for tracking vocals, while small-diaphragm condensers like the Avantone CK-1 are ideal on cymbals, acoustic guitar, and more.

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  Audio-Technica AT2020 Studio Microphone
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  Rode NT1-A Studio Condenser Microphone
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  Avantone CK-1 Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
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  BLUE Spark Studio Condenser Microphone
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Dynamic Microphones: Record guitar amps, drums, or scratch vocals
Known for their ruggedness and ability to handle high sound pressure levels, dynamic microphones can't be beat for recording loud sources like snare drums, kick drums, and guitar amplifiers. Plus, a good dynamic mic is indispensable for demoing scratch vocals in the home studio, since they're less sensitive to room ambiance than condenser microphones.

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  Shure SM57 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
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  Sennheiser e609S Silver Guitar Microphone
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  Shure Beta 52A Kick Drum and Bass Microphone
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  Shure Beta 57A Supercardioid Dynamic Microphone
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Microphone Packs: Record a full drum kit or ensemble
Need to record a full drum set? A guitarist who sings? Or a classical ensemble? Sooner or later, you're going to need more than one microphone. Stock up the economical way with a mic package that includes multiple microphones, from drum mic packs to stereo pairs. Some packs even include the XLR cables and clips you need to complete your setup.
  MXL 440/441 Recording Ensemble Microphone Pack
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  Samson C02 Condenser Microphone Pair
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  Golden Age FC-2 ST Stereo Matched Condenser Microphones
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  Audio-Technica AT2041 Studio Microphone Package
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