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6. A Microphone

Like studio monitors, the debate over the best mics will never end. If you want something basic, the recording industry has been using Shure SM-57s and SM-58s for decades. These dynamic microphones are cheap, durable and sound totally good. If you want something that catches more nuanced performances like detailed singing or acoustic guitar playing, you might want a condenser mic. These are more fragile, but pick up more sound. Blue Microphones makes condenser mics that are relatively inexpensive, and in our experience, do a really great job.

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