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.
What are the different microphone specifications? Which mic technical terms should I be aware of? Have you ever tried to shop for a new microphone and found yourself confused by the specifications, abbreviations, and technical terms listed on the side of the box? Microphone’s have several different types and each type has its own purpose and best applications. Furthermore, each brand or model of microphone might have subtle differences in their specifications. This guide should help to define some of these terms and inform you on how to make a smart decision when purchasing your next microphone.