Didgeridoo Microphone Survey
Here at LA Outback Didgeridoos, we often get the million dollar question from both seasoned and upcoming didgeridoo performers––'What is the best microphone for didgeridoo when it comes to recording and performing?'
Even though we don't sell microphones, we thought it would be a great service to do an open survey among professional didgeridoo players and find out what they had to say. Pictured below are the two most recommended microphones, one for recording, and one for playing live.
The AKG-C414 Condenser Microphone (pictured on left)
When it comes to recording the AKG-C414 was most consistently recommended. For all you music engineers and other audio-geeks, the C 414 is a stereo condenser microphone which has been hand tested for sensitivity characteristics found within 1dB of one another throughout the range of 300Hz to 8kHz. The microphone has been engineered for highest linearity and neutral sound and mimics the sonic characteristics of the legendary C414 B-ULS.
The Sennheiser Condenser Microphone (pictured on right)
For live performance the microphone that most seem to love is the Sennheiser E608. Even though the Sennheiser e 908B was created with brass instruments in mind this phantom powered microphone is also great for amplifying your didgeridoo. This beauty has an extended dynamic range and a well balanced frequency with low distortion rates. If you need a mic that is portable and easy to use then this one is for you.
Here is a list of other microphones that came highly recommended for recording didgeridoo.
Shure Beta 57
Sennheiser E608 (twice)
Shure Beta 91A
Blue Bird Microphone
Neumann TLM 103
AKG 414 (Twice)
Rudy Delabre added the ATM250DE after this blog was posted. He said, "...with its two microphones inside (a dynamic and a static) it's one of the best microphone for didg in my opinion". Below is a photo of that one.
The advice that we received the most is that the ideal microphone for didgeridoo recording should be versatile; able to capture low frequencies while keeping mid-to-high clear and distinct. Let us know what experiences you have had with microphones and what you would recommend!