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There's something magical about microphones. Sure, a mic is just a transducer that converts acoustic energy to electrical energy -- but the character a great microphone can impart to a performance makes that mic special.

So, which mic will give your tracks that magic? It's all about matching the mic to the sound source. Large-diaphragm condenser microphones are a classic choice for recording vocals, and small-diaphragm condensers shine on acoustic guitars. Dynamic microphones are ideal for recording drums and amplifiers, and ribbon microphones smooth out the rough edges on anything from horns and strings to guitar cabinets.

Need help choosing a mic? Follow our Beginner's Gear Guide: Microphones to find the right mic for your studio or live rig -- plus microphone stands, XLR cables, pop shields, and reflection filters. Call our Gear Experts now for help with your purchase: 800-460-8089.