With a Mikme microphone in your hand you can create a professional vocal recording nearly everywhere. See this video to learn how:
The Mikme microphone is a large diaphragm condenser microphone, so it is very sensitive picking up sound. Be careful when holding it in your hands, in order not to produce audible handling noise. It´s always good to have the microphone mounted on a stand, but if no stand is available it will also work pretty well by holding it in your hand.
Considering a few tips you can create professional vocal recordings with just a Mikme in your hands.
To get set, you need to …
- Take care on the room: To achieve a good result without unwanted noise you must find a silent room first. Even noise from relatively silent sources like clocks, refrigerators or a dog barking in the neighborhood can be picked up by the sensitive capsule of the Mikme microphone. So if you don’t want to have these "sound-effects“ on your recording, make sure to find a very silent room with a good damping to also get rid of room reflections and coloration. If needed you can also make use of a reflection filter to lower room influences.
- Always do a soundcheck before recording, to make optimum use of the Mikmes full dynamic range. See this article to learn how.
Learn to work with your Mikme's characteristics
Changing the microphone's position when you're recording vocals will change the sound for a variety of several reasons, and you can learn to make use of it, learn to master your Mikme's characteristic.
The distance between the Mikme and your mouth is a huge factor, partly because of the proximity effect of the cardioid capsule of the Mikme's capsule (more about this later), partly because a mic farther away from the singer picks up more of your head and chest resonances. The distance also defines the balance between the voice and the room.
Thanks to the cardioid polar pattern of its capsule, your Mikme features the so-called "proximity effect“ which means, the closer the singer is to the mic, the deeper and richer the recorded voice will be. In addition the nice and warm-bodied timbre also a more direct sound of the voice will be the result of close miked vocals.
The Problem of ss and pop sounds
When you use a sensitive large-diaphragm condenser mic for close singing, you need to hold the mic in a way so that disturbing sibilant sounds (from singing s and t tones) and annoying plosives pops (e.g. from singing p sounds) don’t harm your recordings.
To get rid of these nasty effects, you can either use a pop filter (find a detailed explanation here) or if you do not have any, simply sing over the Mikme. Just hold the microphone slightly tilted to the mouth and sing over the top of the Mikme (as consonants tend to be worst when hitting the capsules membrane directly on‑axis) .
Dynamic microphone distance
You can also learn how to use the Mikme as a kind of "natural compressor“. Move closer to the mic when you are singing quietly and farther away from the Mikme when you’re "blaring“ into it.
To find a good microphone distance quickly, there are a few rule of thumbs as starting points (of course, always depending on the singer, the song, the size of the room, a.s.o.):
- For loud parts of the vocal recording a good distance usually is 20 cm/6 inch to an arm’s length
- For quiet, more intimate vocals, usually 2 to 3 cm /1 inch or less works perfectly
- If you want to record a more distant background vocal track, 3 to 6 cm / 2 to 3 inches is recommendable