Safely using large diaphragm condenser mics

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by sverige_cruz, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. sverige_cruz

    sverige_cruz Guest

    Hello all -

    I am very new to recording, and look forward to any help I can get regarding the use (or how not to) of large -edited- (diaphragm) condenser mics. I recently finished a G7 tube mic (thanks to Jakob Erland, of Gyraf, and others), but I want it to last a few years. I've found several posts (among them, - I particularly enjoy Fats' term 'microcide') about how to make your large condenser mic last longer, and using (or not) with bass drum micing. Does anyone have any other "must-know" points about using and recording with this type of mic? Thanks a BUNCH!

    Best Regards,
  2. sign

    sign Guest

    Klaus Heyne is a microphone specialist who probably knows more about condensers than we all together here.

    He has a thread about the subject on his forum which might be interesting for you:
  3. sverige_cruz

    sverige_cruz Guest

    Great! Thanks for your help. This is very informative. See - you guys know everything, and if you don't, you know where it is :)

    Best Regards,
  4. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    That is a very interesting link.. IMO it supports my contention not to use LD condensers on kick drums or other sources that move a lot of air. The only way I use LD condensers on kicks is at a 45 degree angle and at least a foot away from the drum. Yeah, they do get a great sound on kicks but I can't afford to replace the digaphrams on my condensors after every session. I leave that to the folks in Hollyweird ..

    I also keep my LDs put away or at least "bagged" while on the stand, and I try to avoid exposing them to ciggie or reefer smoke. Dust is the enemy.. other than that there is not much else involved in the keeping of LD condensors.. now ribbon mics, that's another tale ...

    Kurt Foster
  5. sign

    sign Guest

    It is a well known fact that kicks can damage even a dynamic.
    The Beyer M88 is a great kick mic but I've read several times the 88 got damaged.

    Even one of the most famous kick mics, the AKG D12 can suffer from very loud kicks. I have two of them and one was knocked down by a metal drummer who managed to make a dent in the diapragm, so the capsule had to be replaced by a new one.

    I would never use a LDC or even a SDC (unless it's a C1000 :D) for kick.

    A front head with a small hole and a mic in that hole! There's a serious storm blowing there.
  6. Stabb

    Stabb Active Member

    Jan 2, 2004
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    As told to me by a genuine mic expert.
    When recording singers, always use a pop windscreen.
    The 'poofing' of moisture will ruin the diaphram.
    So of course don't let anyone 'test' your mic by blowing into it.


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