Singing is a fun activity, whether you do it in the club or at home. Karaoke mics make singing more fun since they offer great audio quality and amplify the sound through speakers. Improved technology has led to the creation of different types of karaoke mics; this simple guide will answer your questions regarding the best uses for each.
What should you look for in a karaoke microphone?
- Operating principle: Dynamic karaoke mics are more robust and can stand loud noises. However, they don't offer the best audio quality.
- Source of power: These microphones can either be powered by electricity or batteries. Battery-powered microphones don’t confine you to a limited space when you sing since they don’t need to be connected to an outlet. However, the battery needs to be replaced now and then.
- Frequency response: The frequency response should be flat. If it is not flat, it will distort your voice. You can, however, choose this intentionally for autotuned effects.
- Directionality: The microphone should have a unidirectional pattern. This means it should primarily be sensitive to sounds coming from one direction. In the case of karaoke machines, this direction is the mouth of the singer. You don't require a multidirectional microphone, which is better for picking up the sounds of a band.
- Corded or cordless- If you prefer corded microphones, be sure to pick one with a long cable to allow for movement.
What operating principle should you go for?
For karaoke, dynamic microphones are generally preferred. This is primarily because they are able to work well in noisy and uncontrolled environments. These differences should help you decide which device you want to go with:
- Dynamic devices will function perfectly in extreme temperatures. Also, the humidity will not affect these mics.
- Condenser mics produce high-quality sounds and are even used by professionals. Dynamic microphones are frequently used for leisure singing.
- Dynamic mics can handle very loud noises. It is not possible to overload these machines.
- Condenser devices require a power source. In other words, they are wired.
How do you choose between wired and wireless microphones?
Wireless microphones run on batteries and don’t confine you to limited space. In contrast, corded mics have to be connected to a power source, and this means you can’t make dramatic movements when singing, but you won't have to worry about replacing batteries.
How many microphones do you need?
If you mainly intend to use your machine for single karaoke performances, you can get one with one microphone. However, if you want to use it in the club or at a party, you might want to get one with multiple mics. That way, you can use it to perform karaoke duets.