Have you ever wondered how a microphone actually works? Understanding what goes into the construction of a microphone and what each component does can actually go a long way towards making sure that you are choosing the correct microphone. I’ve often struggled to wrap my head around how two microphones can have almost identical specifications yet differ in price by hundreds of dollars. It was not until I really understood what went into the construction of a microphone that this all made sense to me.
The debate between condenser mics and dynamic mics will always be a relevant debate. Anyone who owns a handful of microphones probably has at least one condenser microphone and one dynamic microphone. In my experience with both live and studio sound, I have seen countless applications of condenser mics and dynamic mics, sometimes even for the same instrument. Each time I ask the engineer why they chose that microphone for that application, the answer is almost always some manifesto about how that is the only way to do it. In this post, I’ll be explaining the differences between these two types of microphones and you can make your own decision as to how you’ll use these two common types of microphones.