When you are first building a Lab for your music class, you might have a lot of questions on what gear to get. I have teachers asking me a lot what Microphone to get, External Sound Card, and controllers. In this article, I wanted to share my top picks for Microphones for a school lab.
There are many different Mics our there, and each one can be used in different ways. There are condenser mics, ribbon mics, and dynamic mics. Instead of going to deep in the theory, I am going to pick my favorite mics and why I would use them in your classroom. I’ve helped schools start up their labs, worked in recording studios, and built my own home recording studio. Over the years I have used many microphones and have distilled that information into this list.
Top Pick: SM-58
I find that in the classroom I run into one major problem, and that is noise. There is always some noise in the room that I am battling. The Sm-58 is amazing at only picking up what is right in front of the mic. This makes it idea for demonstrations. I also find that I am mainly recording vocals in my class. Sometimes that is for a voice over video project, beat box activity, or singing. This mic is ideal for vocal recording in a louder room.
As far as sound quality, it is pretty flat sounding and without anything special. It’s an average sounding mic, but works great for what I need it for. If you are mainly looking at vocals in a shared classroom, this is a great choice.
Versatile and Solid Mic: SM-57