How to Build Your Mic Locker, part I

Sunday, December 31st, 2017 | by

Thanks to Lij Shaw of Recording Studio Rockstars, I got to present an idea I’ve been cooking up for a couple months. Lij invited me to be interviewed on his podcast, which you can stream here:

Recording Studio Rockstars – interview with matt mcglynn

The idea, in a nutshell, is that engineers can intelligently build up a mic collection by paying attention to a couple key characteristics of the various choices they’re considering. Nobody wants to buy three mics that all sound substantially the same, right? With a couple minutes’ education (which unfortunately I spent an hour trying to deliver — please bear with this first draft attempt!), any audio engineer or studio owner can quickly classify microphones into a handful of sonic categories. If all the mics you own sit in one or two categories, you’ll need to pick something different next time out. This presentation helps you do that.

Please give it a listen. And don’t miss the downloadable PDF guide to building a mic collection; they turned out much nicer than I expected when I promised Lij I’d put something together. 🙂

Photo credit: I believe my pal Ken Levy took this one, at Summer NAMM 2017. That’s Lij on the left, Chris Selim of Mixdown Online in the middle, and me on the right.

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One Response to “How to Build Your Mic Locker, part I”

  1. Greg Savage

    April 1st, 2022 at 8:46 pm

    “Nobody wants to buy three mics that all sound substantially the same, right?”

    exactly, sadly it did take me a while to learn this. I use to purchase mics because well… everyone else had a lot of mics. Great post, thank you.

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