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    What Is A Condenser Microphone?

    Condenser microphones are the go-to mics for home or studio recording. Using a capacitor to convert sound to electrical energy, condenser mics offer a stronger signal than you would get from a dynamic microphone. Well suited for recording things such as vocals and acoustic instruments, they are very sensitive and can capture all the nuances of the recorded source. Though primarily a studio microphone, condensers can be found on stages as well. In a live setting, condensers are great for public speaking or capturing a large group such as a choir or string ensemble. All condenser microphones require phantom power, which can normally be found on most mixers and audio interfaces. If you happen to come across a device that does not offer phantom power, simply purchase an external phantom power supply and you're good to go. Condensers are available with a Cardioid, Omnidirectional, or Figure-8 polar pattern. If you are someone who needs one versatile microphone for various applications, consider a multi-pattern condenser.

    Handheld Condenser Microphones

    Handheld condenser microphones allow you to bring the quality and consistency of a condenser microphone onto the stage with you. Primarily for vocals, these are the perfect microphones for those wanting studio-quality audio for their live performance. Unlike dynamic microphones, handheld condenser microphones are powered just like the ones you find in a studio, allowing for a greater frequency range that will better captures the tone and dynamics of a vocal performance.

    Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

    The most common condenser microphones are large-diaphragm condensers. These are the ones you see in recording studios all over the world and are the go-to mics for tracking vocals and acoustic instruments. Large-diaphragm condensers are great for picking up natural acoustic ambiance and tend to add warmth, capturing the true tone of the human voice and adding a richness to solo instruments. Their frequency pattern widens at low frequencies, allowing them to maintain a nice low end if a vocalist or musician has a tendency to move around. Large-diaphragm microphones are also great because they are quiet, producing minimal self-noise compared to small-diaphragm condensers.

    Small-Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

    Small-diaphragm condenser microphones are incredibly adaptable and can be used for practically anything. Their design allows them to capture audio without adding any unnecessary color, so you end up with a very neutral sound. This is thanks to excellent transient response and a consistent pickup pattern. Typically used on stringed instruments (acoustic guitar, piano, etc), small-diaphragm condensers are also popular to use on drums and percussion, and work great for capturing choral, band, and orchestral ensembles.

    Sam Ash carries a wide variety of condenser microphones. From Samson to Neumann, we’ve got condensers for any budget. Not sure which microphone to get for your session? Whether it's rock, pop, jazz or classical, our experts can help make sure you find the perfect microphone for your situation, so call or chat with us today!

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