Our premium pick is a $400 contact microphone! Yes, you read that right! The Barcus Berry 4000 is no doubt the best contact microphone you can pick up today.
With a higher frequency response and improved build quality compared to some of the cheap contact microphones on our list, you will be able to produce less tinny recordings with this mic.
However, I find it hard to recommend this microphone for experimental design. The reason being, in most instances, you may want to mic up multiple contact mics at the same time, and you can see where this will start to get very expensive with this microphone.
If you can afford this microphone, it would most be at home in the studio. You can produce some incredibly detailed sound recordings with this device.
This way, you can take full advantage of the microphones pre-amp, as this is a great selling point for the product.
However, I would be cautious about taking this microphone for environmental recording due to the price and nature of the mic itself.
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Tips And Tricks To Get You Started With Contact Mics
You must consider two main things when recording with contact microphones: the materials you use and the exciters to generate the sound.
Also, don’t forget the tape! The microphones need solid and constant contact with the object to record the sound.
Using Different Activators To Excite Objects
Firstly you might be asking, what is an exciter? Exciters are items that you use to create vibrations through an object.
The most basic and recognizable exciter is a drum stick. However, you can use whatever you want.
Each exciter produces different sounds when working with contact microphones, so it is essential to experiment with different ones when working with objects.
Try using brushes, drum mallets, your hands, mechanical exciters, or even rubber to excite the objects you work with; all will produce different results.
Types Of Materials That Are Great For Sound Design
This is the best thing about recording with contact microphones, the experimentation with different materials to produce the sound design.
The larger the surface area of the object, usually tends to produce more interesting the sound.
The best materials to work with are glass and metal. Glass produces a deep rich resonance, whereas metal covers the higher frequency section.
One of the best methods of producing sonically interesting sound design is using moving exciters like a whisk over glass and metal. Accompanied by some processing, this can produce some excellent results.
What Is A Contact Microphone Used For?
Primarily they are used for acoustic instruments such as stringed instruments and percussion.
Do Piezo Mics Need Phantom Power?
Yes, you will need to provide phantom power to make a contact microphone work.
Are Contact Mics Waterproof?
Generally speaking, no, contact mics are not waterproof.