Welcome to Krazy Monkey Music.
Thank you for being here.
If you Google around you’ll find all sorts of conflicting advice about microphones and how to use them. The truth is that which microphone you use is less important than how you use it. As much as we all hate to admit it, making music is all about compromise. “What!? How could that be!? Music is the pure expression of human emotion and spiritual truth!” I hear you say. Well, that might be but the tools we have to make music and capture it with are imperfect at best. So, a big part of learning how to make music well is learning how to work with and compensate for the imperfections of our equipment.
So, what does that mean? You say.
What it means is that you can spend millions of dollars and still make bad music. On the other hand you can learn how to use what you have. If you’re like me, you don’t have a choice. I don’t have a lot of money for equipment so I have to use what I have or what I can get for next to nothing. Fortunately, today we have some really good stuff for cheap or free. Cakewalk is a good example. The Sure SM57 is another and there’s just a whole bunch of plugins and such for free. My main Bass is just about the cheapest made by Ibanez but if you listen to my tracks you know it does pretty good.
Money doesn’t make good music, people do. What I do is listen to the instrument, mic, plugin, whatever and find something I like about it. Of course sometimes I don’t hear anything I like so I move on but usually I can find something and when I do I focus on that.
Having everything exactly the way you want stifles creativity, having limitations demands creativity. Having to work around problems can lead you to some interesting places so embrace limitations and use them as a springboard to launch yourself far beyond what you thought you could do.
Sorry, what we’re really here for is to learn how to use a microphone so let’s get to it.