5 of the Best Live Microphones on the Market

When you consider the technical complexities of the professional audio industry as a whole, a feature on microphones makes for a broad topic. Narrow it down to live microphones, and, well, you’ve hardly narrowed it down.

From handheld live microphones to instrument mounts – many of which boast wireless-enabled features – we present PSNEurope’s round-up of just some of the latest mic products on the market, from a host of leading manufacturers across the globe.

In compiling their mic guide, PSNEurope spoke to senior figures at several established brands to find out what sets their product apart from the rest. Focusing on a single, or range of products from their latest lines, PSNEurope also included a product specification to compare the models piece-by-piece.

Testing, one two, one two…

AKG – C636 Live Vocal Microphone

“The new AKG C636 master reference handheld condenser microphone is the successor to the acclaimed C535 microphone, which brought studio quality sound to the live environment, “says Nick Boggon, marketing manager at Sound Technology. “In addition to a custom-tuned capsule with hand-selected components, the C636 is engineered to address three common problems singers face on stage: feedback, handling noise and pop noise.

“The C636 essentially eliminates feedback by combining a uniform cardioid polar pattern throughout the entire frequency spectrum, with a specially designed suspension and grille for the capsule. This unique approach to housing the capsule avoids unwanted sound reflections on the back of the capsule, ensuring feedback and spill over rejection.

“The C636 innovates by integrating the world’s first double shock suspension system, greatly reducing unwanted handling noise. The capsule sits on a highly absorbent rubber bearing that eliminates any structure-based noise, while an adjustable balancing network cancels vibrations over a wide frequency range. “A multilayer protection system prevents unwanted pop noises. The protection system consists of the grille, a foam layer behind the grille and a magnetically attached computer-modelled mesh layer on top of the capsule, providing singers with a clear, plosive-free vocal performance. This threelayer protection system is virtually unique to AKG and sets the new standard for pop noise suppression in the market.”

Earthworks SR40V Live Vocal Microphone

Earthworks’ SR40V is designed specifically for live vocals,” the company’s Eric Walker tells PSNEurope. “On the surface it is a 40kHz hypercardioid, but, as with other Earthworks microphones, the SR40V delivers fl at extended frequency response, as well as fast clean impulse response and textbook perfect polar response.

“In combination, these factors provide a silky clean, transparent on-axis sound with no harshness at all, a very forgiving consistent area of pickup combined with extreme on axis rejection that delivers more gain before feedback than any other mics we know of.

“The package has a good heft to it and feels comfortable in the hand. It is painted with a baked epoxy finish that is intended to take the abuse that happens on the road. It is well protected from plosives and has notably low handling noise.

“For the artist, the SR40V delivers the sound of their performance to the FOH without colour, also making the job of the FOH engineer relatively easy. Many users have reported needing little or no EQ with the SR40V. “However, if you do choose to EQ, almost always very little is required. The bottom line is, you don’t have to fight with the mic to get a good sound. When you do use EQ, it is to adjust for the source – it’s not because of the failings of a conventional microphone.”

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