Application Guide

We believe no single microphone is perfect for every source. Therefore, some combinations of capsule and circuit work better for some sources than others. The table below distills into one page all our preferences, and customer feedback, about our 8 different DIY microphone models.

This is merely a guide. We encourage experimentation. We invite customers to let us know which mics work well with various sources.

Key:
+ Recommended
++ Excellent
- Not recommended

 

Transformerless JFET LDC

Transformer JFET LDC

Tube & Transformer LDC

Medium Electret

S-87 S-12 S-47 T-12 T-47 12-251 V-47 S-25
Male Vocals + + + ++ + + ++ +
Female Vocals + + + ++ + + + +
Rap Vocals + + + +
Voiceover ++ + + + - - -
Acoustic Guitar + + ++ ++ ++ +
Nylon String Acoustic ++ + +
Electric Guitar + ++ ++ ++ +
Ukulele ++ ++ + + ++ ++
Acoustic Bass Guitar ++ + + +
Double Bass + + + ++ ++
Electric Bass + + + +
Drum OH + + + ++ ++ + + +
Snare - - - - - - - -
Kick - - - - - - - -
Drum Room + + ++ + ++ + ++ +
Percussion ++ ++ ++ + +
Foley ++ + +
Ensembles ++ + + + +
Strings ++ ++ ++ ++
Brass - - - + +
Woodwinds + + + + +