The record­ing mics we used for our ses­sion

Guitarist - - The Tone Doctor -

Shure SM57

This mi­cro­phone has gained leg­endary sta­tus as the one that can lit­er­ally do any­thing. Its great on vo­cals, gui­tars, drums, brass in­stru­ments, and so on. For un­der a hun­dred quid, you can own a mi­cro­phone that has recorded a mil­lion hit al­bums!

AKG C414

A more se­ri­ous mic and in­vest­ment at just un­der a grand. This con­denser mic has been around since the early 70s and can switch from a stan­dard car­dioid pickup pat­tern to an ex­per­i­men­tal fig­ure of eight pat­tern. A hugely ver­sa­tile op­tion.

Neu­MANN TLM 102

An­other heavy­weight name in mic de­sign. Most Neu­mann mics are out of reach fi­nan­cially for the home recordist, but this lit­tle mic – a fixed car­dioid pat­tern con­denser – is won­der­ful for record­ing all in­stru­ments and comes in at un­der £500.

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