Audix i5 Dynamic Instrument Microphone Review

The Audix i5 Dynamic Instrument Microphone is one of the top microphones for recording instruments. It's often compared to the Shure SM57, which is an industry standard. It has some benefits and advantages over that workhorse, though. This is a microphone that doesn't need to be compared to any other in the industry, but because…

MXL 990 Condenser Microphone Review

This MXL 990 Condenser Microphone is a terrific-looking, vintage style microphone that is essential for recording acoustic instruments while singing in your home studio. It's incredibly sensitive, which means that you'll have to be careful with outside noises. This mic is designed to be used primarily as a cardioid microphone. Some microphones are meant for…

AKG P420 High-Performance Condenser Microphone

The AKG P420 High-Performance Dual-Capsule True Condenser Microphone is a sturdy, reliable microphone that can record in many situations. It's great for those who want to record an acoustic guitar solo, a duet of singers, or a podcast interview. It's so versatile because it has a multiple polar pattern as well as a switchable attenuation…

Shure SM81-LC Review

When Shure figured out how to create a small condenser mic that could be used on stage as well as in the studio, they set their own stage for continued success. The Shure SM81 has been around since the 70's, and it's a condenser mic that has been the workhorse of professional musicians, producers, and…

XIAOKOA Professional Condenser Microphone Review

The XIAOKOA Professional Condenser Microphone is compact and so easy to use that it makes a perfect microphone for amateurs, too. While we've reviewed some microphones that are good for voice recording and others that are suitable for music recording, this is an all-purpose microphone for a variety of situations. Imagine that you're starting out…