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What kind of a microphone do I need when singing on stage?

Have you ever wondered what the differences are in microphones for performing? Maybe you see those beautiful, sleek shiny ones, but want to know why they are never seen on stage?

(like this one right here :-) (Neumann TLM 103 Condenser Microphone)

Well, in short the best type of microphone for being on stage is a "DYNAMIC" microphone. What does this mean? In layman's terms, I like to think of it as as mic that can handle a wide range of dynamics. So if you are singing really loud it and it is set at a certain level it won't get distorted. Another important aspect of dynamic microphones is that they are not very sensitive so if you have a drummer behind you on stage it won't pick up their sound. This means that the microphone will only highlight the vocalist and you don't have to compete.

A very popular dynamic microphone is the Shure SM58. (see below) Very affordable and durable. One thing I love about these microphones is they can handle being dropped which is important on stage where there is so much movement and things being switched around.

If you would like more help with stage performance and basics of being on stage, don't be intimidated I can help! Come by for a lesson and we can discuss at our music school in Venice or sign up for online music lessons.


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