Recording Gear for the Working Musician
by Nick Hodgins
A quality recording mic is an essential piece of gear for every musician looking to capture their work at its greatest potential. Whether you’re creating a podcast off your laptop, recording in a studio, working on a film, or recording a video; there is a microphone out there for you.
Dynamic microphones are less sensitive to sound pressure and are also more durable, these are typically used for drums and electric guitars. Condenser microphones are more sensitive to nuances and are offered in both solid state and tube.
Neumann TLM103 Large Diaphragm Cardioid Condensor Microphone
Neumann U87 Ai Set Z MultiPattern Large Diaphragm Condensor Microphone With Shockmount And Case
Blue Microphones Baby Bottle Cardioid Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic
Audio Technica AT4033/CL Cardioid Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
Rode NT1 Kit Cardioid Condenser Microphone
AKG C414XLS Reference Multi Pattern Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic
Avantone Pro CV12 Multi Pattern Large Diaphragm Tube Condenser Mic
MXL Genesis FET Studio Condenser Microphone
Electro-Voice RE20 Dynamic Broadcast Announcer Microphone
Shure SM57 Dynamic Instrument Microphone
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Audix DP7 Seven Microphone Drum Package With Case Cables And Clamps
A recording mixer combines your signals, either through isolated or dedicated outputs, and redirects them where they need to go. The quality of the preamp in your mixer is an integral part to your overall sound.
USB and Firewire audio mixers offer a gateway to the digital realm of recording and allow for direct access to your DAW or other recording software. Digital mixers offer advanced LCD displays and motorized faders, as well as a large amount of memory.
PreSonus StudioLive RM32 AI Rack Mounted Digital Mixer
PreSonus StudioLive 16.0.2 Digital Mixer
Mackie Onyx 1640i Firewire Recording Mixer
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Behringer XENYX UFX1604 16 Channel USB Audio Mixer
Many musicians and producers consider studio monitors to be the most important tool when it comes to achieving great sound. Your sound is crucial and monitors will act as your primary creative output while your work is mixed, mastered, duplicated, and eventually distributed.
Accessories such as MoPAD Monitor Isolation Pads provide sonic isolation between your monitors and whatever surface they are on, improving the accuracy of your entire monitor system.
Quality monitors will allow you to hear the best representation of your product possible and help you determine how your finished product will translate to other outputs such as headphones or stereos.
KRK Rokit 8 Generation 3 Powered Studio Monitor Package
KRK Rokit 8 Generation 3 Powered Studio Monitor
ADAM A3X 4 1/2" 2-Way Powered Studio Monitor With Ribbon Tweeter Pair
JBL LSR308 3 Series 8 Inch 2 Way Full Range Powered Studio Monitors With Image Control Waveguide Pair
JBL LSR305 3 Series 5 Inch 2 Way Full Range Powered Studio Monitors With Image Control Waveguide Pair
PreSonus Sceptre S8 Powered Studio Monitor Package
Yamaha HS8 8 Inch Powered Studio Monitor in Black
Yamaha HS5 5 Inch Powered Studio Monitor in Black
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PreSonus Eris E5 2-Way Active Studio Monitor
Portable Recording Gear
With a portable digital recorder you can experience the luxuries of studio recording while on the road and on the go. Handheld and desktop portable digital recorders feature built-in stereo microphones allowing you to capture any ideas you may have while out and about.
Many options also feature video recording in addition to high quality audio allowing you to capture gigs and other live events. Flexible mounting, simple connectivity, and superb quality make handheld and portable recording gear a great options for musicians who are constantly on the move.
Zoom H6 6 Track Portable Digital Recorder
Zoom F8 Eight Channel Field Portable Digital Recorder
Tascam DR-70D 4-Channel Portable Recorder
Tascam DP-24SD Digital Portastudio 24-Track SD Card Recorder
Zoom R24 Multitrack SD Recorder Controller and Interface
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Boss BR800 Multitrack Digital Recorder