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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 mic 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 Condenser USB 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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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, 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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BLUE enCORE-300 Vocal 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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zZounds offers a variety of Play as You Pay installment plans that allow you to get the gear you want today. While our competitors might offer house credit cards that require you to fill out an application and pass a credit check, our payment plans are easy to get, simple to use, and, best of all, accrue zero interest. Unlike those house credit cards that can leave you vulnerable to exorbitant interest charges once the promotional period ends, we never have and never will charge interest when you take advantage of one of the zZounds Play as You Pay plans.

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At zZounds, you‘ll get your gear fast and, usually, with free delivery. Because we have warehouses in New Jersey, Nevada and Mississippi, nearly 95 percent of Americans reside within our two-day shipping zones. Combine this with the fact that many of our best-selling products qualify for free two-day delivery and you get expedited shipping without the additional cost.

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Buy it, try it, like it, or return it to us for a full refund. It‘s just that simple. If you‘re not in love with what you bought, return it to zZounds within 45 days, and we‘ll promptly arrange for an exchange or a refund. No hassles. No hidden charges. And if a product‘s defective or damaged, call us at 800-zZounds (800-996-8637), and we‘ll email you a prepaid shipping label so you can easily return it to us at zero cost to you.

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5. zZounds delivers top-rated customer service

zZounds has received multiple Bizrate® Circle of Excellence Platinum awards, placing us in the top 0.7 percent of Bizrate‘s network of 5,200 retailers. Our success in meeting the needs of our customers -- since 1996, we‘ve satisfied over 1,000,000 people -- is due in large part to the fact that zZounds only hires experienced musicians to answer your calls and emails, and they are never paid a commission.

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Need it now but short of cash? All we need is the first payment up front and the rest in easy monthly payments!

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No interest. Ever.
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No paperwork. Nothing to track.
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We'll wait on your money so you don't have to wait for your gear!

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on most orders $29+

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Why fight traffic and pushy salesmen when we'll bring your gear straight to your home, free of charge?

zZounds free shipping is really free!
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We have warehouses on both coasts, so most shipments arrive in 3 days or less.
We don't collect sales tax. Bonus!
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