Microphones and Mixers
Microphones can make wonderful gifts for the singer on your gift list. They can enhance the karaoke experience for those with a home karaoke system or those who record themselves online at karaoke websites. Microphones can be wired or wireless. They can also be dynamic or condenser depending on their intended use.
Wired or WirelessThe only real difference between similar quality wired and wireless microphones is the wire. While the home user can usually get by fine with a wired microphone, the wireless type can be much more accommodating in a crowded room or when the microphone(s) is passed around often like at a karaoke party. Wireless microphones come in either UHF or VHF frequency bands. UHF models, because of less radio traffic on UHF frequencies, are less prone to interference. This is more of a concern to those in heavily populated urban areas. In most cases VHF models are perfectly fine for home users.
Dynamic vs CondenserMost handheld wired and wireless microphones are dynamic. They are much more rugged than condenser microphones and are the type that are used on stage, by bands, and by karaoke hosts. Condenser microphones are typically mounted on a stand and are used for recording. They are much more sensitive than dynamic microphones and also require a power source. The power source is generally supplied by an audio mixer through an XLR microphone cable (referred to as "phantom power) or a computer via a USB cable with USB microphones.
Performance RecordingMaking recordings of karaoke singing performances, either at online websites like SingSnap or on a computer, is very popular. The problem is that many singers are using inferior equipment which produces inferior recordings. A good condenser microphone can make a world of difference. A USB condenser microphone can be directly plugged into virtually any computer. You could go a step further with a USB audio mixer and XLR powered condenser microphone combination that will allow for fine tuning the sound of the microphone and adding effects like reverb.
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The Acesonic KM-201 HDMI Karaoke Mixer allows you to add many features to your system simply by connecting the KM-201 between your HDMI source, such as a Blu-Ray player or computer, and your HDTV or HDMI supported sound system. Stream or play your videos or music and the KM-201 will mix audio from 2 microphones and allow you to make music volume, echo, and individual microphone volume adjustments.
Below are some popular wired dynamic microphones.Can be plugged into an audio mixer or computer depending on the cable or cable adapter used.
|Audio 2000 APM175 - Professional Dynamic Microphone|
|Shure PGA48 Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone|
|Shure SM58S Legendary Vocal Microphone|
Below are some popular wireless dynamic microphones.Can be plugged into an audio mixer or computer depending on the cable or cable adapter used.
|Acesonic UHF-5200 Dual Channel Wireless Microphone System|
|Audio 2000 AWM6112 Dual Rechargeable VHF Wireless Microphone System|
|Audio 2000's AWM6547DU UHF Diversity PLL 100 Frequency Handheld Wireless Microphone System|
Below are some popular USB condenser microphones.Best used for recording, these will plug into the USB port of a computer.
|Blue Microphones Yeti USB Microphone - Silver|
|MXL USB 006 USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone|
|Samson C01U USB Condenser Microphone|
Below are some popular XLR powered condenser microphones.Best used for recording, these require the the phantom power from an audio mixer.
|AKG Perception 120 Studio Condenser Microphone|
|MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser Microphone|
|Shure PGA27-LC Large Diaphragm Side-Address Cardioid Condenser Microphone|
Below are some popular USB audio mixers.Connects to the USB port of a computer. Allows you to use both condenser and dynamic microphones. Lets you fine tune the sound of the microphone and add vocal enhancing effects.
|Alesis MultiMix 4 USB FX 4-Channel Mixer with Effects|
|Alesis MultiMix 8 USB FX|
|Yamaha MG10XU 10-Input Stereo Mixer with Effects|