Condenser Microphones

Condenser Microphones, unlike Dynamic Microphones, are capable of capturing quieter sounds with a high degree of accuracy. They work by creating an electric charge between its diaphragm and a backplate. Owing to this complex mechanism, Condenser Microphones need external power to help charge its backplate like a capacitor. This conduction is provided by the 48V phantom power that most Preamplifiers and Audio Interfaces have. Condenser Microphones are much more delicate and expensive than Dynamic Microphones. They are best used on vocals and instruments with more mid-high frequencies. Some of these microphones are even included with dedicated

Condenser Microphones, unlike Dynamic Microphones, are capable of capturing quieter sounds with a high degree of accuracy. They work by creating an electric charge between its diaphragm and a backplate. Owing to this complex mechanism, Condenser Microphones need external power to help charge its backplate like a capacitor. This conduction is provided by the 48V phantom power that most Preamplifiers and Audio Interfaces have. Condenser Microphones are much more delicate and expensive than Dynamic Microphones. They are best used on vocals and instruments with more mid-high frequencies. Some of these microphones are even included with dedicated Studio Bundles, allowing you to get started with recording audio in a jiffy. In recent times, microphone manufacturers have released USB Condenser Microphones aimed at voice-over artists and podcasters. These USB Mics have a similar input audio quality to XLR-out microphones, but with the simplicity of a direct USB connection to your laptop / PC. This direct connection helps circumvent the need for an audio interface.

 

Quality Condenser Microphones are relatively inexpensive now, from reputed brands like Rode and Behringer. These are perfect for beginner home studio setup and will last for years on end. Globally acclaimed and widely used microphones like the Rode NT1A and Audio Technica AT2050 are viable options for high-quality audio recording, especially for beginners and intermediate artists. However, when switching to a professional setup, it is imperative that the microphones are upgraded to suit industry standard options like a Neumann or higher-end Shure alternatives. These pricier options are primed to pick up audio with utmost quality and are tested extensively before it reaches your studio. This means your investment will last until the end of your music career and make for an unmatched recording experience. The microphones are extensively tested to ensure build quality, but also recording specifications like frequency response, colouration tests, proximity effects, pop and crackle noise tests, handling noise, and other detailed use-case tests. This extra effort on the manufacturer’s behalf means that the output quality and feature list will certainly be worth the extra initial investment in the Microphone.

 

What are the different kinds of microphones available to an artist?
Microphones range from dynamic, condenser and ribbon. Read about Pairing Microphones with Instruments on our expert-reviewed blogs.

 

Can a specific type of microphone be better for certain recording situations?
A Dynamic microphone is generally used on instruments with a lot of low-mid energy and vocals in live situations. Some common uses are for podcasting and live performances. Condenser microphones are best used on vocals and instruments with more mid-high frequencies. They are the preferred type of microphones used in studios. Ribbon microphones are the most natural mics that you can use to capture the sound of an instrument, a voice, and even the ambience of a room. They are used mainly for capturing crisp and clear vocals and instruments.

 

Do all necessary accessories come with my microphone?
Different microphones come with different amounts of accessories with some simply having just the microphone and some with accessories like a clip, shock mount, windshield/pop filters, cables or carry cases. Make sure to check the description of the product to know what it includes. 

 

Can a microphone work without an audio interface?
MusicMajlis has a wide range of USB microphones that has a built-in preamplifier that allows you to simply plug and use easily without the need for an audio interface. However, we recommend getting an audio interface to maintain the stability of the audio signal and increase functionality.

 

What software should I use to start recording with my new microphone?
You can find plenty of free and easy to use software like Audacity on the internet. But, if you are looking for higher quality, long term software, have a scan through our selection of DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) found in the Studio Software section. You can also find that most of our audio interfaces come with free trial versions of the best DAW software for you to get started. We recommend choosing from Ableton Live, FL Studio, or Logic Pro (for Apple users).

 

What is the price ra nge of a Condenser Microphone?
A Condenser Microphone starts from AED 200 and can go upto AED 27,000 in the professional ranges.



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