- The less than perfect acoustics of my room would cause audible reflections in quiet or Acapella recordings
- Even the slightest outdoor noise could destroy a good take
- Some singers would come-off as very harsh sounding
- I was de-essing like crazy
So what are the benefits of using a dynamic microphone to record vocals at home?
- They’re ideal for recording with less mic-bleed from other, close-by instruments
- Dynamic mics are more tolerant towards those nasty early reflections of an untreated or semi-treated room
- You can record even when it’s not dead-silent outside (and keep the A.C. on!)
- Keep harsh vocals under control and let your de-esser take a break
This doesn’t mean you should ditch the condenser concept by any means. When used with proper placement technique in an acoustically treated room, the condenser microphone is great for producing crisp, great sounding vocal tracks.
However, the condenser mic is a delicate creature; don’t buy the first flashy model you see before you take care of your room’s acoustics and learn about proper mic placement. I find it best to keep an open mind and use a microphone that suits your recording environment and your singer, whether it’s a dynamic or a condenser mic.
Let’s Hear It!
I created the following demo using two similarly-priced dynamic and condenser microphones:
Shure SM7B – A legendary broadcast mic and studio favourite of many male singers.
Rode NT2-A – An excellent condenser by this Australian manufacturer, a step-up from the very popular NT1-A which I covered before.
Can you tell the difference? Is there anything missing or in-excess in any of the takes? Share your thoughts below!