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Microphones – Using Christian Accompaniment Tracks – A Simplified Understanding of Microphones for the Singer

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Singing with Christian Accompaniment Tracks is fun and meaningful.

Of course you want to sound your best. The very start of sounding your best is an understanding of microphones.

While this is more a “technical 101″ article, you will also enjoy our informative article on a guide to USING MICROPHONES for the Gospel Soundtracks and Christian Tracks singer .

Which microphone is best for you to sing with Christian Accompaniment Tracks ?

Dynamic_Microphone_fullThe microphone is what turns the voice into electricity to be amplified. It is important to use the right microphone for the job. This does not mean the most expensive microphone in order to sound your best when singing along with your Christian Accompaniment Tracks and Gospel Music Tracks.

Microphones come in many shapes and sizes. This is because their design is based on what application they will be used for. You will most likely need a hand held microphone designed for live singing using a PA (public address) system. There are microphones for the same PA system, but for speaking rather than singing.

Microphones used in recording are not best for singing live. This is also true for using a microphone that you would sing along live with Christian Accompaniment Tracks to record with.

The best microphone for singing Christian Accompaniment Tracks live is the Dynamic Microphone

The dynamic microphone is best for singing with Gospel Music Tracks and Christian Accompaniment Music for several points:

The dynamic microphone will take the strong air pressure from singing directly into it.

It will not be as sensitive to pops and sudden loud pressure (called “plosions”) that some words and syllables cause while singing.

They are designed to be held close to the mouth in order to not pick up sounds of nearby musical instruments or other singers who are close to you.

These dynamic mics do not use external power or batteries.

All dynamic microphones are not created equal ! You do get what you pay for, but that does not mean the most expensive is necessarily better.

What to look for in a good dynamic microphone for singing Christian Accompaniment Tracks:

It has a strong body (the shaft) with some weight to it in order to be durable.

The “ball” of the microphone (the end you sing into) is a sturdy metal mesh design.

The “ball” of the microphone is threaded and removable so it can be replaced if needed. Mics do get dropped sometimes and the ball can get smashed. Also, the ball may get a bit grungy after time – especially if you have a habit of eating potato chips between songs !

The cable plug in the opposite end of the microphone from the ball and is an XLR better sound quality.

What to avoid - what indicates an inferior dynamic microphone:

A built in cable. Eventually there will be a problem with a broken wire and it will not be a simple matter of plugging in a new cable to fix it.

A built in cable with a 1/4 inch plug like a guitar uses. That’s even worse and indicates a cheaply made microphone.

A very thin mesh on the ball end. Obviously, this will not take much punishment.

An on/off switch on the microphone body. This may seem convenient, but it is just another mechanical connection that will eventually have problems. Notice the more professional microphones do not have an on/off switch.

Other types of microphones for singing:

Condenser Microphones:

This type is usually powered by a battery and can give good sound quality for recording purposes. Especially recording acoustic instruments from a distance. However, for hand-held singing they are not well suited. They are found as cheap karaoke style microphones for home use but can be quite “tinny” sounding. The same technology is found in telephones, radios

Large Diaphragm Condenser microphones:

These generally much larger in size and much more expensive than the dynamic microphones. This is a good choice in recording the voice or an acoustic instrument. They are not meant to be hand held and are best on a strong stand using an isolation mount.

Large diaphragm mics need external power to operate that can come from a mixer board (known as “phantom power”) through the microphone cable or use a stand alone power supply.

ribbon_microphone_old_time_radioRibbon Microphones:

These can be quite large and are very sensitive to air pressure. They can provide a very “rich” or also known as “warm” vocal sound when recording.

Ribbon microphones deliver high quality sound for recording but are much more fragile that other types of microphones and can even be damaged by loud singing too close to the microphone itself.

Special techniques must be applied when using a ribbon microphone but the results can be quite stunning as far as the audio quality compared to other microphones.

Can recording be done with a dynamic microphone ?

dynamic_microphone_in_the_radio_studioYou could use a dynamic microphone to record the singing voice. However, they are not best for quality when recording. The best to use is a “large diaphragm condenser” or a “ribbon” microphone. Dynamic mics work well when recording some instruments like electric guitars.

For radio broadcasting, dynamic microphones are the main choice. However, they are of a special design that can take continuous loud speaking. Many of these types are also used in recording percussion instruments because of the hard air pressure drums generate.

dynamic-microphone-sm58What brands of dynamic microphones to look for –

There are several quality brands to choose from. EV, Shure and Sennheiser are some of the top brands but there are certainly more to choose from.

The best way to find one that suits you and your voice best is to visit a local music store that stocks a wide variety.

Pick them up and try them out.

You should take along one of your favorite Christian Accompaniment Tracks on disc to try the different dynamic microphones out with.

See how they feel in your hand and what looks good – but it is best to trust your ears.

Make sure that the system EQ (equalization – bass, treble, etc) is all flat (nothing added or cut) so you can get a good, equal comparison when testing each microphone. You will no doubt find one that is sturdy and sounds good in a reasonable price range.

Having your own microphone not only assures consistent sound when you sing, but is also a healthier option rather than using one that has been shared a lot by others.

Wind screens are foam protectors that cover the ball of the microphone like a circus clown’s nose. It can help not only for singing outdoors in a strong wind, but protecting the inner workings of the microphone. If you wear a particularly bright shade of lipstick, a wind screen will keep the residue from this away from the mesh screen.

The microphone is an extension of your own voice. Find a good one that matches your voice will enhance your singing along with Christian Accompaniment Tracks as well as pleasing your listeners.

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Christian Accompaniment Tracks Music Magazine

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