- Mar 7, 2008
Can you describe what you're trying to achieve? I'm assuming you want to use the mic to do recordings (voice, instrument), and then you're going to apply EQ to mimic the sonic signature of other microphones with desirable characteristics? If that's what you are trying to do, I wonder if it's just as feasible to simply EQ your current mic to be flat, then apply the emulation EQ curve. But that might not be necessary--I'll explain later.Oh, the price is not as high as I thought.
Would this one work?
So basically I use the above measuring microphone instead of my normal one, and then just apply some light EQ for whatever purposes I need, correct?
The difference between applying EQ to headphones and to microphones, is that one is playback gear, and one is recording gear. One is free from room mode and acoustics issues, and one is not. This makes microphones a lot more complicated. Your mic placement in your recording space and whether the space is acoustically treated will have impact on your recording. The type of mic you use and the mic pattern you choose (some mics allow you to switch the pattern) will also affect the results. There are things you can do like using a mic shielding baffle, treating your room, etc., to get as clean of a recording as possible.
Very often the most desirable mics used in recording studios are not necessarily the flat sounding ones. Recording engineers choose mics and mic-preamps according to their coloration, and match them to different needs. For example, often a warm sounding mic is desirable for certain vocals, or certain mics are used to mic the bass drum, some are better for cymbals, or for the toms, or the snare. Some are great for amped electric guitar but not for acoustic guitar, and so on. If professional microphones are all just flat this wouldn't be the case. So depending on what you're trying to do, ultimately, you need to know what characteristic you are after and why. But if you know that, then you can simply just EQ that tone yourself based on the need. But I suppose if you want to save time, you can get one of those mic emulation plugins and choose among the models they have in the presets. But going that route, I'm assuming it'll be easier if the mic you're recording with is one that's a very popular and ubiquitous model, as those plugins likely will be basing their emulation on those very popular mics as the starting point. You'll need to check out the specifics of those plugins to be sure.