Most Popular Recording Microphones

When you're in the studio, your goal is to record the best quality music you can. While you're recording, the microphone you're using can play a big part in that quality.

We've put together a list of Six of the most popular recording microphones on the market. Take a look at what makes them popular — we've considered essential factors like sound quality, setup, pricing and more.

1. Shure SM57-LC

This instrumental microphone will pick up the main sound you're targeting and tune out background noise. It is an excellent pick for recording drums, woodwinds — like clarinet or saxophone — and guitar in the studio. The Shure SM57-LC is a favorite with musicians and producers with home studios. If you're just starting out and need an affordable and durable mic, this is a great pick.

The Shure SM57-LC has a mountable design and is priced at $99.99 from Bananas at Large.

2. Sennheiser E906

Another instrumental microphone, the Sennheiser E906 can pick up a variety of instruments, including percussion, amplified guitars, and horn. This is an adaptable microphone that can pick up many different musical tones. Whether you want your music to sound bright, dark or somewhere in between, this mic can record it.

The Sennheiser E906 is also a mountable mic priced at $189.95 from Bananas at Large.

3. Shure SM58-LC

Our first two microphones were designed to record instrumentals. The Shure SM58-LC was made to record vocals.

Vocals are an essential part of most genres of music. Recording vocals are different than recording instrumentals. This microphone was made to pick up the unique tones of a singer's voice. It minimizes the popping sounds that can commonly occur while recording vocals. Reducing this sound and other background noise will give you a higher-quality recording to work with later on.

The Shure SM58-LC also has a mount design and is currently on sale for $89 from Bananas at Large.

4. MXL 2006

If you're looking for a great, all-around microphone, the MXL 2006 is the perfect piece of equipment. You can do almost anything with this mic and are sure to get a great recording.

For example, you can record vocals and other feature sounds. If you're a sound designer, you can record a number of different snippets to use as effects and for other purposes. You can also record instrumentals — both acoustic and electric guitar and percussion.

The MXL 2006 is a favorite among recording musicians. You don't need multiple microphones because this mic can do it all. Its versatility also makes it an excellent pick for those who are just starting out.

This microphone comes with a protective case and has a mount design. It's priced at $99.95 from Bananas at Large.

5.  ADK Zeus Microphone

The Zeus Microphone from ADK is a multi-tasking tube mic made for home and professional studios. With 4 settings and 81 tools, it's got tons of functionality for the modern musician

The ADK Microphones Zeus Tri-Polar Tube Microphone runs for $697.00 at Bananas.

6. ADK Hamburg 67-T

If you are looking for versatility this is the microphone for you. This microphone is designed after the U67 which has been providing great recording capability since the 1960s.

Created by a Physicist and a Belgium Engineer, this microphone is designed for optimal performance in any situation. A three-way switch on the front allows you to select from Figure- 8, Cardioid and omni pickup patterns. It also looks great with it 60's stylish feel and a gorgeous matching carrying case.

The ADK Hamburg 67-T runs for $1497 at Bananas at Large and is every bit worth the price tag. 

Find Your Next Recording Microphone From Bananas at Large

Bananas at Large has a wide selection of recording microphones. Browse through our full inventory of mics today to find the microphones listed above and many others. We've also got all the other equipment you need for your home studio. Browse online or visit one of our stores in the San Francisco area.

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