Stereo mics for multipurpose recordings

By Ashwin Nair | Published on 14 Sep 2020
Stereo mics for multipurpose recordings

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Finding a good stereo microphone that can come in handy during different types of recordings can be challenging. While looking for such a product, you need a microphone that lets you switch between pick-up patterns like cardioid and omnidirectional so that you can make the most out of most recording conditions. To help you find the right microphones for your needs, we have curated a list of four stereo microphones for multipurpose recordings. Note that these have been curated based on their availability on Amazon, and listed features.

Blue Yeti

The Blue Yeti is one of the most popular microphones in the segment, thanks to its versatility and efficiency. To start with, it can function at all four pickup patterns, be it cardioid, bi-directional, omnidirectional and stereo. As a result, you can easily switch between them to get the best results, according to the environment you are recording in. One of the user-friendly features of this microphone is its various onboard controls, that enable you to manage the volume, pickup pattern and entry-level of the recording and mute or unmute it. Furthermore, the mic uses a three-capsule array, which should enable you to use it for YouTube, game streaming, conference calls, music recordings and so on. Finally, it supports no-latency monitoring, allowing you to check the results as and when you are recording and thus adjust the controls on the go.

Shure MV88+

Here is a premium stereo microphone that is loaded with user-friendly features, making it ideal to be used for various purposes. It has a built-in headphone output system, which comes in handy when you have to monitor the recording in real-time. Thanks to this, you can easily customise the settings the way you want, without stopping the recording. Furthermore, the mic comes with an efficient and durable Manfrotto pixi mini tripod, enabling you to use it anywhere you want, even in outdoor conditions. It also comes with a smartphone stand, allowing you to use this microphone for vlogging, podcasting or shooting YouTube videos. Finally, the small build of the microphone enables you to use it even in cramped places. This can come in handy when you want to record some sounds of nature while on a jungle safari or an adventure trek.

Sony ECMCS3

Here is a budget-friendly clip style stereo microphone from Sony, which can be used for various purposes like podcasting, news reporting, vlogging and so on. Thanks to this design, you can use it easily in a hands-free manner. You can easily rotate the microphone to whichever direction you want, accounting for a flexible fix. It should deliver a good performance when used with DVR or PC, and you can expect the same when used with a smartphone as well, as per company claims. Finally, since the pickup pattern used in this microphone is omnidirectional, you can even use it to record ambient sounds from all directions.

Shure MV88/A

Here is a stereo microphone from Shure that is explicitly made for Apple devices that come with a lightning connector port. It can perform in two pickup patterns – cardioid and bi-directional, making it ideal for podcasts involving one or two people. However, the best feature of this microphone is that it comes with five different DSP preset modes, such as speech, singing, flat, acoustic instrument and loud. As a result, you can use this microphone for various purposes, be it for podcasting, recording vocals or instruments or ambient noises. Finally, it automatically adjusts the  EQ, limiting and compression to give you the best possible results, as per company claims.

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