No matter how sophisticated computers or synthesisers become, the recording of a real sound always starts with a microphone. The problem is that, unlike the human ear, there is no single microphone that is ideal for all jobs. Basic Microphones teaches you how the different types of microphones work, which types are best suited to which job, and how best to use them in a recording situation. Covers dynamic microphones, ribbon microphones, capacitor microphones, stereo mic techniques, recording vocals, acoustic and electrical guitars, drums, the piano and string instruments. 207 pages.