The Indestructible Shure SM58 Mic: Our Torture Tests Video Prove It’s a Survivor

Shure Mike abuses this iconic mic with a series of punishing tests that would quickly trash lesser microphones

Tech Tip: How to Choose the Right Mic for the Job

The crucial factors you need to know in deciding what microphones to use on your recordings.

Recording Tech Tip: Capturing the Sound of Eight Tiny Reindeer

How to create the sounds of the season that evoke visions of Santa and his sleigh.

iOS Gear for Vocalists Buying Guide

Apple’s iOS has rapidly become a serious platform for musicians who use its numerous apps to work efficiently, especially on the go. Whether creating pro-quality recordings, performing, sharing music with your band, or getting in more practice, players at all levels are using their iPads and iPhones as a hub for their musical exploits.

Tech Tip: Drum Recording On a Budget

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When it comes to tracking drums, nothing beats a well-equipped studio that has great acoustics and a big mic locker. But here are some tips to help get very respectable drum sounds in your project studio on a bare-bones budget.

A Conversation with Bob Heil—the Master of Game-Changing Microphone Technology

By Marty Paule

Highly opinionated and fiercely independent in his views about pro sound, Bob Heil builds mics and possesses a professional resume to back up his often out-of-the-box attitude. And speaking of boxes, it was Bob who invented one of the most memorable guitar effects of all time: the Heil Talk Box that made Peter Frampton a fixture on ‘70s album charts.

Recording Gear Buying Guide

How to choose the right audio recording equipment to match your skills, music, and budget

Hands-On Review: Blue Spark Studio Microphone

Great sound plus Focus Control in a budget-priced condenser

Expert Review: Rode NT1 Studio Condenser Microphone

This article previously appeared on Harmony Central—your information source for making better music.

By Phil O’Keefe

The original Rode NT1 was first released in 1995. An updated version, the NT1-A, was released a couple of years later, and has been very popular. Rode has taken the model and given it a complete reworking, and in a move that's bound to cause at least some confusion and difficult online searches, released it with the model's original name, calling it the NT1. Let's take a look...

Hands-On Review: MXL 900 Series Condenser Microphones

High-end condenser sound without the sticker shock

Hands-On Review: MXL 990 Condenser Microphones

Raise the bar and lower the price—now try to sing in that position—MXL can!

Hands-On Review: Audio-Technica AT4080 & AT4081 Ribbon Mics

Capturing vintage tones with a modern spin

Hands-On Review: MXL V900 Stage & Studio Condenser Mic

Superb studio condenser vocals in a mic built for stage work

Product Spotlight: MXL 7000 Condenser Microphone

New technology with old-school looks

Hands-On Review: Nady Drum Microphones

Making music a little easier for drummers

Hands-On Review: Sterling Audio Condenser Microphones

Serious performance without the serious price tag

Product Spotlight: Blue Baby Bottle Condenser Microphone

Raising the bar for microphone technology and design

Hands-On Review: Blue enCORE 100 and 200 Dynamic Microphones

Studio sound and road ruggedness go hand-in-hand

Mic Check

Microphones can be one of the most crucial (and under-valued) elements in a musician’s rig. The right microphone can capture a vocal or instrumental performance in just the right way, and allow the performer’s voice or instrument to shine in both live and studio settings. Selecting the right mic for the job might seem a complicated task. Much like guitar players will own multiple guitars, many musicians and producers will amass quite a collection of microphones throughout their career, favoring different mics for different applications. However, choosing a microphone doesn’t have to be a challenge.

Hands-On Review: MXL R40 Ribbon Microphone

Classic ribbon mic quality at home studio prices

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