9 Best Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones Under $1000
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9 Best Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones Under $1000

Large-condenser microphones are staples of the professional and project studio but are among the more cost-prohibitive mics on the markets. Fortunately, there are many great LDCs to choose from that won’t put such a large dent in your budget. The Top 9 Best Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones Under $1000 Are: We’ll go through each of the…

11 Best Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones Under $500
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11 Best Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones Under $500

Large-diaphragm condenser (LDC) microphones are the mic type of choice for recording studio vocals and voiceover. This fact alone makes LDCs very popular since the human voice is one of the most recorded sound sources in the world. Of course, voice is only one of many applications the LDCs excel on. Large-diaphragm condensers range greatly…

11 Best Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones Under $500
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11 Best Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones Under $500

Small-diaphragm condenser microphones are useful tools in the studio and live sound environments around the world. They are regularly used to close-mic instruments and as distant/room mics. The characteristic fast transient response, extended frequency response, and consistent polar pattern specs make them go-to’s for many applications where precision is critical. If you’re on a budget…

Top 11 Best Solid-State/FET Condenser Microphones In 2024
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Top 11 Best Solid-State/FET Condenser Microphones In 2024

Since the introduction of the first solid-state condenser microphone in 1964 (the Schoeps CMT 20), microphone manufacturers across the world have adopted tubeless microphone designs and produced solid-state FET condenser microphones. Many mics have been sent to market since the mid-60s, and in this article, we’ll talk about the best solid-state condenser on the market…

Top 10 Best Tube Condenser Microphones On The Market 2024
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Top 10 Best Tube Condenser Microphones On The Market 2024

Tube condenser microphones have been cherished in the audio industry since 1928 when Neumann released the CMV3 (“the Bottle”), marking the first-ever commercial tube mic. Though tube condenser microphones are less common since manufacturers have begun designing solid-state condensers, they are still among the greatest microphones. They are highly sought after in professional studios around…

The Complete In-Depth Guide To Tube Condenser Microphones
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The Complete In-Depth Guide To Tube Condenser Microphones

Though tubes have largely been replaced by transistors in the vast majority of electrical circuits, they are still sometimes used (and often cherished) in the audio industry and in microphones. In fact, many of the greatest microphones to ever be produced are tube condenser microphones! What is a tube condenser microphone? A tube condenser microphone…

What Is A Condenser Microphone? (Detailed Answer + Examples)
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What Is A Condenser Microphone? (Detailed Answer + Examples)

There are essentially two main microphone types in the world that most audio-inclined people know: dynamic and condenser. The term condenser covers an astonishingly wide range of microphones, and so its definition is substantial. What Is A Condenser Microphone? A condenser microphone is an active transducer that converts sound waves (mechanical wave energy) into audio…

The Complete Guide To Electret Condenser Microphones
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The Complete Guide To Electret Condenser Microphones

Have you ever used a microphone in an electronic device, in the studio, or in film? There’s a good chance it was an electret condenser microphone. These microphones are common in our day-to-day lives and are worth knowing about. What is an electret condenser microphone? An ECM is a type of condenser microphone transducer which…

Why Are Condenser Microphone Diaphragms Gold-Sputtered?
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Why Are Condenser Microphone Diaphragms Gold-Sputtered?

It seems that “gold-sputtered” is a buzzword for condenser microphone diaphragms nowadays. Is this just good marketing, or is it a necessary part of condenser microphone design? Why are condenser microphone diaphragms gold-sputtered? Condenser mic diaphragms are often gold-sputtered since they need to be electrically conductive (to hold a charge across the capsule) but are…

Large-Diaphragm Vs. Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones
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Large-Diaphragm Vs. Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

The size of a condenser microphone’s diaphragm is a key differentiator between mic types. As the title suggests, condenser mics can be separated into the categories of large-diaphragm and small-diaphragm (and miniature diaphragm if we count lavalier mics). What are the differences between large-diaphragm condensers (LDCs) and small-diaphragm condensers (SDCs)? LDCs generally have a diaphragm…

Differences Between Dynamic & Condenser Microphones
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Differences Between Dynamic & Condenser Microphones

The vast majority of microphones are either dynamic or condenser mics. These classifications are widely used to differentiate between transducer types, but they also give us a general sense of how the microphone will perform. What are the differences between dynamic and condenser microphones? The main difference between dynamic and condenser mics is that dynamics…

The Differences Between Condenser And Ribbon Microphones
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The Differences Between Condenser And Ribbon Microphones

Ribbon and condenser microphones are two types of microphones that are both popular in the studio. Although these microphones are cherished by musicians, engineers, and audiophiles alike, they are different from one another in many ways. What are the differences between ribbon and condenser microphones? The main difference between ribbon and condenser mics is that…