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Mics of the Masters

There are a lot of fantastic mics out there. As a matter of fact, Sweetwater carries more than 90 different microphone brands. With that many choices, knowing which mic is best for you can be intimidating... Read more »

Best Live Sound Mic Placement Techniques

Getting great live sound is as much an art as it is a science, and much of that has to do with basic engineering techniques. Mic placement is one of the biggest factors of good live sound — nothing you do at... Read more »

Miking Guitar Amps presented by Daniel Ellis from Jesus Culture

https://youtu.be/wrnWroAYgUA Daniel Ellis from Jesus Culture explains how he approaches miking guitar amplifiers onstage with a Shure SM57 dynamic microphone. After the video, learn more from Sweetwater Worship... Read more »

How to Mic a Drum Kit presented by Daniel Ellis from Jesus Culture

https://youtu.be/J_CiYRGppSU Daniel Ellis from Jesus Culture explains how he approaches miking up a drum kit onstage using Shure microphones. After the video, learn more from Sweetwater Worship Connect here: Click... Read more »

How to Soundcheck a Stereo Guitar Rig presented by Jesus Culture

https://youtu.be/qZyCp8yc7_s Daniel Ellis (FOH Engineer) from Jesus Culture explains how he soundchecks a stereo guitar rig. By flipping the polarity of one channel while listening in mono, he can ensure the best... Read more »

Building Your Mix as a Team presented by Jesus Culture

https://youtu.be/-PsspPObTa0 Will Doggett of MultiTracks.com talks to the Jesus Culture band as they explain their approach to collaboratively building a mix as a team, as well as some of the tools they use. After... Read more »

How to Take Care of Your Microphones

A sound engineer's mic locker is the most important tool in his or her arsenal. Microphones are the first and most critical element of your recording chain. Proper care and maintenance are essential. Take care of... Read more »

How to Get a Great Snare Drum Sound by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3zwHV_d8Ow Mark Hornsby and Nick D'Virgilio share some techniques for capturing great snare drum tones. For this video, Mark has chosen a Telefunken M80 dynamic microphone for the... Read more »

Making Sense of Mic Specs – What Do They Really Mean?

Look at any mic online, and eventually, you're going to come across a bunch of specs that may not make sense to you. There isn't a standard set of specs that equate to the perfect mic, and no amount of staring at... Read more »

Miking Guitar Amps: Finding the Sweet Spot by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi1MngzmyZk Mitch Gallagher and Don Carr demonstrate different ways to achieve great guitar tone. These techniques apply equally well on stage and in the studio. For this video we've... Read more »

5 Must-have Live Microphones Under $200

Outfitting your live mic locker can be a daunting and expensive task. Unlike studio work, where one or two solid mics can sometimes be enough, live sound reinforcement typically requires many more mics. When working... Read more »

Dynamic Microphones: How Do They Work?

There are two major categories of microphones: dynamic mics and condenser mics. Whereas condenser microphones feature charged capsules that operate on the electrostatic principle, dynamic mics function via passive... Read more »

6 Must-have Mics for Live Sound

Translating a performance to a live audience begins with the mic. Every sound source that is not plugged line level directly into the console, such as drums, guitars, vocals, horns, and any acoustic instrument... Read more »

Utilizing Ribbon Mics for Live Sound

I discovered ribbon mics late in my career, after I'd been engineering for 20 years. I only knew the classics before that, such as the RCA 44 and 77-DX, which looked great in glass cases or in photos of music stars... Read more »

7 Tips for Guitarists Using In-ears

You're finally happy with the sound coming from your guitar amp, now it's time to mic it up and send it back through your in-ear monitors so you can hear it onstage. Somehow, though, from your amp to your in-ears... Read more »

How to Choose a Great Microphone

Practical Advice for Mic Shoppers With hundreds of microphones to choose from, deciding on the right microphone can be a real challenge. It's easy to get confused by hype and buzz words, and there are countless... Read more »

Sweetwater Guitar Recording Bundle Review by Sweetwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQNROHSaIE8 Mitch Gallagher presents the Sweetwater Guitar Recording Bundle, a value-packed recording bundle you'll only find at Sweetwater's Guitar Month. It includes the classic... Read more »

How To Mic Drums for Recording Part 2 — Four Microphones

Welcome to part 2 of this How To series on recording drums. We are focusing on the microphones used and how to get the most out of a number of different recording situations. Not everyone has the budget to go into a... Read more »

Hear the Antelope Zen Studio in Your Own Studio

Hear it for yourself! At Sweetwater, we've been absolutely blown away by the stunning clarity and remarkable detail of the Antelope Audio Zen Studio. With 20 analog inputs, 12 mic preamps, Antelope's peerless... Read more »

How To Mic Drums for Recording, Part 1 — Two Microphones

In This How-To series we are going to get into how to record drums. It doesn't matter if you are using just two microphones or using 10 or more, there are many easy techniques you can use to get a good drum sound... Read more »

Free Mics!

How many microphones are enough? The answer is easy: you can never have enough microphones! But Sweetwater's Monthly Gear Giveaway for September will provide you with a stellar collection that will certainly give... Read more »

Keith Olsen’s Go-To Guitar Recording Rig

During super engineer/producer Keith Olsen's seminar here at Sweetwater, our own Mitch Gallagher interviewed the man about how he recorded some of his classic guitar tones, such as: Neil Giraldo on Pat Benatar's... Read more »

Coincident Mics on Guitar Amps

The first mic most engineers reach for when recording or running a guitar amp through a sound system is often a Shure SM57. The mic is commonly positioned directly on axis to the speaker/grille, as close as... Read more »

You Think Your Mic Is Tough?

Microphones have a tough life - especially those subjected to live sound use. You've got have a mic that can take whatever you dish out...it's got to be rugged with a capital "R." Shure SM58 and SM57 mics have a... Read more »