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condenser microphone


A valve (tube) microphone is a condenser microphone which uses a valve (tube) amplifier rather than a transistor circuit. The condenser microphone, invented at Western Electric in 1916 by E. C. Wente, is also called a capacitor microphone or electrostatic microphone—capacitors were historically called condensers.
Condenser microphones are best used to capture vocals and high frequencies. They are also the preferred type of microphone for most studio applications. Also known as capacitor microphones, condenser mics are mainly used in studios because of their detail and accuracy.

How to connect cardioid condenser mic to laptop?

I have a MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser mic, and I want to hook it up to my Acer Aspire 5 to start recording music. Is there any extra steps I need to take? Do I need phantom power supplies? Would it be easier to get a usb mic? I'm as noob to this as it can get. I bought this laptop so I could start recording music and have really had no guidance so I was hoping someone could point me in the right direction. I want to record both vocals and acoustic guitar with the microphone if possible.

Recording Classical Instruments with Ribbons and Condensers? Possible?

Hi community! I wanted to reach out to your collective wisdom! Is it possible/recommended to record classical instruments (I am a professional flutist) with both ribbons and condensers? I have seen this in a couple of places eg. on the Royer website they have a recording of a flutist with a SF-24 and 2 RODE NT-6 omnis flanking on a stereo bar.…

Audio Quality - Behringer C-3 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone


I record with a Behringer C-3 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone at home. And I don't have an acoustically treated space to record in - I do the maximum amount of soundproofing I can possibly do at home.

Here's a sample of what the mixes currently sound like:


I've seen people using condenser microphones at home and getting more fuller sounds with zero background noise. Like this cover by WOTE:

Condenser Mic Sounds stuffy and high pitched

Hello guys!

I have this problem with recording vocals. I use the RODE NT1A condenser mic and a Behringer Xenyx x1222 as a sound card trying to record on my laptop's DAW (Logic X Pro). The singer I recording with has a really powerful voice with very rich and strong low and high notes.

The problem here is that the microphone does not capture the full range of her voice and the mic sounds high pitched. It cuts the low frequencies and I can't hear the rich sound that I normally hear when she is actually singing live. Any ideas?

Dynamics pick up less room than condensers? True or Not?

We're having lots of comments that seem to be stating an almost 'rule' that if you have noises in your recording space that you don't want in the recording, then you go dynamic, and not condensers - and it's been said in many topics that this is an established fact.

I personally don't happen to agree with this, and I've spent some time trying to find examples of the science from respected sources, and I've failed. Loads of unsubstantiated comment, but no facts from any of the popular manufacturers, apart from the obvious ones.

Need condenser microphone Recommendation, Multi Purpose

I am setting up my home studio, and would like a recommendation for one or more for two different applications: video game voice over, and clean opera vocals.

Recommendations can either be for one multipurpose microphone, or two sepparate microphones for each application

Here are the conditions.

Studio: Home studio (working on building a vocal booth)
1. Video game voice over.
2. Clean Opera vocals for Dramatic Baritone (D2-G4 range)



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