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There's something magical about microphones. Sure, a mic is a transducer that converts acoustic energy to electrical energy -- but the character that a great microphone can impart to a performance makes that mic more than the sum of its parts.

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 the classic choice for recording vocals, while 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.