The Studio Counter is home to over 100 microphones that you can use for your studio sessions, or you can take them home overnight to do a recording there.
There are many fantastic quality microphones at your disposal, such as Neumann, AKG, Brauner, Audio Technica, Sennheiser, Schoeps and many more. For a full list of microphones available to you, visit our Space page and download our Microphone List to see further details like the polar patterns, and how many of them there are.
There is no right answer to this question, as all microphones will record whatever they're put in front of, however there are some attributes that some have that will work better than others in certain situations.
The Studio Technicians are on hand to help and advise you with your decision making. They will ask you questions about what you're recording, what sound you're after and which room you're in, and then offer you a couple of options you have. You don't have to take their advice, but it's there if you want it.
If you ask three producers how they record drums, you will get three very different answers. Neither of them is right or wrong, it's just their opinion, but it can be useful to listen to them so that you can form your own and build your own techniques.
The Studio Technicians are always willing to listen and offer you their advice, and it's up to you on whether you want to follow it or not. Maybe you've already setup the microphones but it's just not sounding right? See if a Technician is free to come and have a listen, or if they can offer you something else to try.
Use your time in the studios to experiment whenever you can! This way you can learn which microphones you like, which rooms you like and you wil grow in confidence in your selection process and setting up time.
Try borrowing several microphones to do AB comparisons (or ABCDE comparisons if you want) using different techniques and in different rooms, to see which setup you liked best. It's amazing how a microphone you really liked sounds very different in a different acoustic.
Make notes on what you like and how you set it up so when it comes to recording your class work, you can get started much quicker