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Beginner's Gear Guide: Microphones
Looking for the right microphone for your project? Find it with this guide.

Eventually, just about everyone needs a microphone. Maybe you're a budding home studio producer looking to capture the perfect vocal track, or maybe your band just needs a simple USB microphone for recording demos at home. Maybe you're a music teacher looking to record your students' performances. Or maybe you're putting the finishing touches on a killer live PA system.

No matter what kind of musician, audio engineer, or producer you are, our microphone guide has something for everyone: inexpensive project studio microphones, time-honored recording studio classics, staple microphones for stage performances, and all the stands, cables, clips, mounts, and windscreens you need to complete your rig.

Need help picking out the perfect microphone for your project? Give us a call at 1-800-ZZOUNDS for expert advice and gear recommendations.
Project Studio Microphones: Budget-friendly picks
In the home project studio, building a mic collection is all about balancing your needs with your budget. If you're ready to start tracking vocals and instruments at home, check out these do-it-all condensers, tough dynamic mics, and even USB microphones that can plug directly into your computer without an interface. Learn more about Project Studio Microphones »
Shure SM57 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
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Audio-Technica AT2020 Studio Microphone
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Rode NT1-A Studio Condenser Microphone
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Samson C01U Pro USB Studio Condenser Microphone
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Classic Recording Microphones: What the pros use
It's hard to go wrong with these time-tested favorites. Large-diaphragm condensers like the AKG C 414 lend their unique character to vocals, while small-diaphragm condensers like the Shure SM81 are known for accuracy on cymbals, acoustic guitars, and more. Dynamic mics like the Audix D6 or Sennheiser 421 are indispensable when recording drum kits.

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AKG C414 XL II 9-Pattern Condenser Microphone
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BLUE Bluebird Cardioid Studio Condenser Microphone
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Shure SM7B Dynamic Cardioid Studio Vocal Microphone
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Stage Staple Microphones: Our picks for live performance
We've got mics to meet the needs of any live performance venue: handheld dynamics and condensers that are ideal for reinforcing speech and vocals, dynamic instrument microphones, wearable clip-on and headset microphones for performers and presenters that require mobility, wireless systems -- plus stereo microphones for no-hassle live recording setups. Learn more about Stage Staple Microphones »
Shure SM58 Dynamic Handheld Microphone
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Shure SM57 Cardioid Dynamic Microphone
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Shure PGX Digital Handheld Wireless Microphone System ...
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Rode NT4 Stereo Condenser Microphone
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Microphone Accessories: Stands, cables, and more
From pro studios to home recording setups, sooner or later everyone needs a microphone stand. We've got a selection of boom stands, straight stands and desk stands -- plus XLR cables, clips, mounts, windscreens, pop filters, and even reflection filters to help fight unwanted room ambiance in the home studio. Learn more about Microphone Accessories »
On-Stage 7701 Tripod Microphone Boom Stand
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On-Stage MS7201QRB Quick-Release Microphone Stand
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CBI LowZ Microphone Cable with Neutrik Connectors
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Shure C15HZ Microphone Cable (15 Feet)
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On-Stage DS300 Quik-Release Desktop Microphone Stand
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On-Stage Universal Microphone Holder (Model MY200)
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RaXXess Stoppit Pop Filter with Goose Neck
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sE Electronics RF-X Reflexion Filter
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