In today’s second session 4/3, we were introduced to 2 different microphones. As someone who doesn’t sing at all, all i knew about mics was that i don’t like them due to past unpleasant karaoke experiences. However, after coming in contact with the dynamic & condenser microphones, i kinda like mics, good quality ones!
The sound in a DYNAMIC microphone is created when a sound wave hits a diaphragm. The diaphragm is attached to a small metal coil. When the diaphragm moves, the coil follows then moves up and down producing a small current.
The mic ❤ Shure SM58 ❤ is great as it’s waterproof, sturdy and very affordable.
✔ Pros: cheap, durable, doesn’t need a power source
✘ Cons: not very sensitive to quiet or high-frequency sounds
Dynamic microphones are good for withstanding high sound pressure levels. This makes them great for recording with loud background sounds or for use in a live setting, however if you’re in a recording studio where theres little background sound, then the CONDENSER microphone would be the better option.
The CONDENSER microphones contains a diaphragm, which is normally made of thin metal and another piece of metal called a backplate. Electricity is applied to both of these creating a static charge between them. Once a sound wave hits the diaphragm it vibrates and produces a small electrical current.This microphone requires an external source of power to function.
They are fragile, not waterproof and is much more expensive in comparison to the Dynamic ones.
The legendary gold plated RODE NTK produces a warm, clean sound
✔ Pros: sensitive, accurate
✘ Cons: more expensive, more delicate, don’t deal well with very loud sounds