Do you like karaoke?
I sing and play the guitar myself, so I have a lot of friends who love karaoke.
And since I host session events, I also help vocalists, who have only sung in a karaoke box, to sing on stage.
From such experiences, I'd like to recommend getting a "personal mic" to those who love karaoke!
In this article, I'm going to explain the advantages of having a "personal mic" and how to choose a microphone.
Benefits of having a "personal mic"
When you go to a karaoke box, you don't necessarily need to bring a microphone because there are mics already there. However, quite a few people, who love singing, bring their own microphones.
When I asked them why, they say...
- Karaoke box microphones can be hit-and-miss
- I'm concerned about hygiene
- I want to sing with a good microphone
All are reasonable.
The microphone that is actually on site has been used. It's not rare that the output has decreased or it doesn't pick up the sound properly.
You can ask for the replacement of a broken microphone but the new one may also be broken… it commonly happens to karaoke enthusiasts.
After all, many people buy a "personal mic" because they want to sing in a stable condition as much as possible.
And if you have your own microphone, you can be more sensitive to the sound.
As a vocalist, it's important to be picky about the sound, so having your own microphone is also effective in keeping you conscious of your sound.
Also, you can use the mic not only for karaoke but also in music venues and rehearsal studios, which is useful when you expand your activities.
How to choose a "personal mic" for karaoke
Microphones for karaoke should meet the following 3 conditions.
① Vocal microphone
② Dynamic microphone
③ Have an ON/OFF switch
There are various types of microphones.
If you use it for karaoke, it should be for vocals. And because the surroundings can be noisy, a "dynamic microphone for vocals" is the best choice.
Also, it's better to have an ON/OFF switch to prevent feedback when not singing.
Now, I'm going to introduce products that meet the above 3 conditions.
The standard in the music industry is the SHURE SM58.
With an ON/OFF switch, the model number is SM58S.
Most music venues and rehearsal studios have an SM58.
Therefore, it's an advantage that it's easy to use not only in a karaoke box but also in music venues and rehearsal studios.
It's strong against feedback and suitable for a wide range of genres from pop to hard rock.
Many people around me who love karaoke have a SENNHEISER / E835S.
Many people love SENNHEISER microphones because of the well-balanced, clear sound.
Cable for karaoke equipment
An "XLR female-TRS" cable is required to connect to a karaoke device.
The XLR female is the terminal to connect to the microphone.
The TRS, to the karaoke equipment.
By the way, in music venues and for common music such as home recording, a cable type "XLR female-XLR male" is used.
When purchasing, clarify the purpose before purchasing the cable.
- Get your own "my personal mic" and create a stable high-quality sound.
- Choose a dynamic microphone for vocals, with an ON/OFF switch.
- Get "XLR female-TRS" cable to connect to karaoke equipment.
At first, I didn't know that there were karaoke lovers who had their own microphones.
I thought no one actually brings a microphone to karaoke-off battle.
However, I was surprised that there were quite a lot of people who brought their own "personal mics" when I went to karaoke later with people I met at karaoke-off battles and sessions.
After all, the desire to improve their singing also affects the items they have.
Same as people who are addicted to bowling buying their own "personal ball", it's no wonder.
Having your own item changes your consciousness, and as your consciousness changes, your approach and the way you enjoy it change as well.
Would you like to take the first step with your own "personal mic"?