You've practiced endlessly, your instruments and amps are set up and tweaked beyond belief, and the vibe in the room is practically dripping down the walls. Now it's time to roll the tape, and the quality and timbre of the microphone is paramount. Whether they're using the "Big 5" vintage mics or any number of modern day titans, professional engineers and producers have always leveraged serious studio-quality microphones to encapsulate the emotion of a lead vocal, the size of a drum kit, or the searing blare of a horn to pull the listener in and define the sound of a record. Reverb's curators have scoured countless listings in search of the cream of the crop in studio microphones, and this set offers up our efforts.