A common question we receive sometimes from our readers is asking to help spell out the differences between small-diaphragm and large-diaphragm condenser microphones. We’ll give you an annoying but honest answer — it depends! To be a bit more objective for you, it all comes down to a few minor details. One would think that the thickness or the diaphragm size of a microphone is only a design but behold, size does matter! In fact, the diaphragm is the most critical component in any microphone for determining the produced sound. It has a significant purpose with a technical explanation to it, but we’ll try to keep it simple.
If you want your recordings to take the next step when it comes to overall sound quality and feel, you should definitely consider having a vocal booth or at least something that closely resembles one. A vocal booth is a huge part of a recording studio, and usually entails a portioned off, isolated and enclosed area from the rest of the studio in terms of sound transmission. It may provide a worthwhile reduction in the amount of unwanted room reverberation that is captured, extra annoying frequencies that may be picked up by our sensitive condenser mics, or grab ambient noise from even outside of the studio at times.
Dynamic microphones are so versatile, flexible and powerful that we couldn’t imagine having a live performance or even studio without a few of these laying around at our fingertips. Nothing beats their ability to be used, used and used again, especially when it comes to live performance or even recording instruments. We’re in the midst of writing some guides that focus on specific microphone types within certain budgets, so today we’re going to find you some cheap yet powerful dynamic microphones under just $100.
Condenser microphones under $200 will give us a decent starting point for finding a balance between budget and quality. These types of mics tend to get a lot higher in price if you look into the higher-end category, but we were able to sift through the rubble for you to give you some options. We tried to find a variation in our picks to give you a few different roads to take when it comes to this particular topic.
What’s the difference between USB and XLR microphones? You’ve probably heard of an XLR connected microphone, typically when it comes to condenser microphones (at least with today’s comparison). Yet again, with the ever-rising technology of USB microphones, we’ve seen this question come up more often so we’ve decided to write a guide for you all. So, what’s the difference? To be able to understand the difference between these microphones, we have to know a little information about each connectivity type.