How Do USB Microphones Work And How To Use Them
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How Do USB Microphones Work And How To Use Them

USB microphones are a popular alternative to typical XLR microphones due to their ease of use and relatively low price points. For this reason, many people opt for these inexpensive plug-and-play mics. How do USB microphones work? USB microphones, as transducers, work the same as any other mic by converting sound (mechanical wave energy) into…

What Is A MEMS Microphone? (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems)
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What Is A MEMS Microphone? (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems)

As technologies advance, they often become smaller. This is partly the case with microphones and is certainly the case with the invention of the MEMS microphone. What is a MEMS microphone? A MEMS (micro-electromechanical systems) mic is a pressure-sensitive diaphragm etched into a silicon wafer via MEMS processing. MEMS mics are largely based on electret…

What Is A Tube Microphone And How Do Tube Mics Work?
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What Is A Tube Microphone And How Do Tube Mics Work?

If you’ve been involved in music or audio for any length of time, you’ve probably heard of tube equipment, including tube microphones. What is a tube microphone, and how do tube mics work? A tube mic refers to any active microphone (typically a large-diaphragm condenser) that utilizes a vacuum tube (typically a triode) as its…

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…

What Are The Differences Between Tube & FET Microphones?
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What Are The Differences Between Tube & FET Microphones?

Tube condenser microphones are commonly cherished for their character, while non-tube (FET) microphones are often described as more accurate and are much more popular on the market today. For all subjective preferences, there are other major differences between the tube and the FET microphone. What are the differences between tube and FET microphones? Vacuum tubes…

Differences Between Moving-Coil & Ribbon Dynamic Microphones
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Differences Between Moving-Coil & Ribbon Dynamic Microphones

When we use the term “dynamic microphone,” we typically mean “moving-coil dynamic microphone,” even though ribbon mics are also dynamic. These two microphone transducer types convert sound into audio via electromagnetic induction, though they do so differently. What are the differences between moving-coil and ribbon dynamic microphones? In moving-coil dynamic mics, the mic signal is…

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…

Top 8 Best USB Microphones (Streaming, PC Audio, Etc.)
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Top 8 Best USB Microphones (Streaming, PC Audio, Etc.)

USB microphones have become incredibly popular in recent years alongside the rise of personal computers. With USB mics, users can quickly and inexpensively improve the audio quality of their computers and other electronic devices. The Top 8 USB Microphones Are: In this article, we’ll go over the criteria that make a great USB microphone and…

Differences Between Dynamic, Condenser, & Ribbon Microphones
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Differences Between Dynamic, Condenser, & Ribbon Microphones

You’ve likely noticed that there are many different microphones and microphone types in the world of audio. The main 3 types of microphones are the dynamic, condenser, and ribbon mic. What are the differences between dynamic, condenser, and ribbon microphones? The main difference between dynamic, condenser and ribbon mics is the way they convert sound…

What Is The Most Common Type Of Microphone? (With Examples)
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What Is The Most Common Type Of Microphone? (With Examples)

There are many microphone types on the market today. They are most often classified by transducer type, polar pattern, and application, though they may be differentiated in many other ways. Of all the types, there are certainly some mics that are more common than others. What is the most common type of microphone? The most…

What Microphones Types Are Best For Singing? (Live & Studio)
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What Microphones Types Are Best For Singing? (Live & Studio)

When we hear a great singing performance, there is often a microphone capturing the vocalist’s sound. This is always true of a recorded performance and often the case in live concerts. What kind of microphones are best for singing? The best microphones for singing are subjective. Most often, the best singing mic is dependent on…