All microphones need a microphone cable to connect! However, many people often ignore how much it affects the sound quality! We will introduce it in two parts.
The material of the microphone cable
How to choose a microphone and microphone cable?
Generally speaking, it is copper wire, and a few have high-end 6N 7N copper (copper is more pure). Because the current output by the microphone is extremely low. Therefore, the material of the microphone cable, impedance, and the amount of isolation braid will affect the sound. It is best not to mix it with ordinary wires! In addition, the durable tensile and oxidation resistance of the wire body design is also different. Therefore, it is not recommended to use miscellaneous goods! According to experience, a good wire can be used for decades. The cost of man-hours for pulling the wire is often not much worse than the price of the wire. Just imagine, if you have to replace the wire in three to five years... Then. Is it the customer who makes the money with the miscellaneous brand of thread? Or does the manufacturer make it? If someone else has an imported brand-name thread that you haven't seen before. Go online and know it on Baidu!! Da Thread Factory will have an official website!!
Microphone cable connector CONNECTOR
Choose a microphone. In the recording project, choosing a microphone is a very basic and delicate work.
a. Capacitive or moving coil?
Generally speaking, we choose condenser microphones. This is because the sensitivity of condenser microphones is relatively high, especially for high-frequency sound components, and the sound of percussion instruments such as triangle irons is rich in high-frequency components. Dynamic microphones are not unavailable, but you will find that it cannot capture enough sound details that you need. After all, he used it close to the sounding body to receive direct sound, which is not suitable for the sense of space in the recording!
b. Large-seismic membrane vs. small-seismic membrane
In most cases, the effect of a small-diaphragm microphone is better than a large-diaphragm microphone. As far as a large-diaphragm microphone is concerned, the better the microphone, the lower the sound can be picked up. However, since most of the sounds of percussion instruments are in the mid-high and high-frequency range, and too many low-frequency components can make the mix muddy. Therefore, for many reasons, we should use a microphone with a small diaphragm. When recording a percussion instrument with a low frequency or a strong sound impact, consider using a microphone with a large diaphragm. In addition... the large-diaphragm microphones commonly used in recording studios are not very useful for doing LIVE... After all, the large-diaphragm will receive more sense of space...
Don't forget... the environment of the recording studio is controlled! And the environmental conditions of the scene are constantly changing! The large diaphragm microphone receives a wide range of sound and high sensitivity. If you want to pick up the sound on the spot and release it from the system, it will easily cause crosstalk... feedback and other problems!
c. Select a suitable microphone from the response curve of the microphone
How to choose a microphone and microphone cable?
When choosing a microphone for a recorded musical instrument, you should also pay attention to it to ensure that its sound is pleasing and the frequency response of the high frequency range is flat. If the frequency response curve of the microphone in the high frequency range has protrusions or depressions, it may cause harsh screams in the recorded sound, and the recording of the violin will be difficult to hear. Moreover, there is another reason to avoid protrusions in the microphone's high-frequency response curve, that is, such protrusions will eat up the headroom of the level.
d. The dynamic and sound pressure of the microphone
The microphone you choose should also be able to withstand a higher volume (the sound pressure level is 120dB or higher). This is because percussive instruments will produce a lot of high-frequency energy, and you definitely don't want these sounds to damage your microphone. I don't want to use tube microphones when recording percussion instruments, because I like to use microphones that do not render the sound and pick up the sound accurately. And some people may prefer that kind of warm, fat sound, then choosing a tube microphone will meet your requirements. I also hold the same view on the choice of microphone preamplifier. I like to use equipment that can faithfully reflect the true nature of the sound. When the microphone uses an omnidirectional sound pickup pattern, no sound staining will occur, but you must find a very quiet room, because the sound from all directions will be picked up by the microphone at this time. Using a directional microphone can avoid the influence of external sounds, but it will cause excessive bass.