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Mics - which one to use.
« on: May 24, 2011, 05:18:01 PM »
When it comes to shopping for a microphone, there are so many to choose from that it can be a real challenge finding the right one for you.

When shopping for a mic, it`s best to know what purpose you are going to use it for (type of instrument or vocal, stage, or recording, etc) ... this will help determine the best mic for your application.

Here`s an excerpt from MIX on

Microphone Technology 101—Basic Terminology and Techniques for Stage and Studio

Microphones are a key factor in achieving high quality recordings and sound reproduction. Having access to top-notch equipment helps, but more importantly, some knowledge about mic basics and a few simple tips and tricks can make a substantial difference on your next project.

There are two common categories of mics used in professional audio. Dynamic types operate when sound waves strike a diaphragm attached to a coil of wire. When the coil moves within the magnetic structure of the microphone, this creates an output voltage. The process is exactly the reverse of the way a speaker operates. One variation of the dynamic approach is the ribbon mic, which uses a thin ribbon of metal that is placed between the poles of a magnet. Note that most ribbon mics are bidirectional, meaning they pick sounds equally well from either side of the mic.

Condenser mics use an electrically-charged, metallized diaphragm, placed very close to a conductive back plate and separated by a thin air layer. Sound waves striking the diaphragm cause a very small voltage change, which is increased by a tiny amplifier circuit within the mic body. As power is required by both the mic capsule and the amplifier, condenser mics must have a power source, which can be a battery inside the mic body or "phantom" power coming from ...  (continues here)

I hope this helps  8)

Glenn  :)
« Last Edit: May 24, 2011, 05:21:30 PM by Glenn »
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