A Guide to Condenser Microphone

Published: 19th August 2010
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Condenser microphone is one of the latest inventions that are very useful in our day-to-day life. These are devices that convert sound into patterns of electricity current. Today, we see that many big organizations are successful by using the condenser microphone in many areas of their work. Huge equipments in the office that occupy lots of space have been now replaced with these sophisticated condenser microphone. Now, with the usage of condenser microphone we are able to utilize the space efficiently and develop more business. condenser microphone are used extensively in many offices irrespective of their nature of business. We can see that the condenser microphone play a dominant role in banks, hospitals and call centers to name a few.

condenser microphone are very useful during meetings and conferences. They are also used for video conferencing and business recording. The usage of these condenser microphone makes working easier and it also helps to create reliable records for future references. One of the varieties of condenser microphone called miniature condenser microphone, combined with digital recorders, are useful in business meetings, lectures and music recordings. As a result, one can easily understand the importance of condenser microphone not only in business, but also in entertainment.

condenser microphone come in varied models like ear bud condenser microphone, ear-worn condenser microphone, headsets, Bluetooth condenser microphone, convertible condenser microphone, cellular adapters and one can choose according to their needs. The invention of condenser microphone has enabled us to do our work in a much better and faster way than we did earlier. Nowadays, telephones headsets come with built in amplifiers and are used in many call centers and offices. The usage of condenser microphone has increased the productivity and quality there by increasing the overall business.

One of the most famous Bluetooth wireless headsets is the GN Netcom 6110. This is the first Bluetooth headset that gives seamless, hustle-free communication: freedom both at home and in the office. Generally, the condenser microphone are very handy, flexible and can be used anywhere without any restrictions. There are various categories of condenser microphone - wireless hand held condenser microphone, desk top condenser microphone, wired hand held condenser microphone and computer condenser microphone. condenser microphone are widely used in medical and business transcription.

condenser microphone can be used to listen to music when they are fitted with digital recorders. Thus they can be used in homes or in cars, where they serve as portable sound systems. They occupy little space when compared to the old recording systems. condenser microphone are fitted with handy cameras using which we can shoot snaps with the surroundings and music.

condenser microphone are rapidly gaining importance and the technology used is such that it is very useful not only in a particular field, but also almost in every field.

Many times, a person is faced with a lot of unknowns when purchasing a microphone for the first time. Whether it be for a child joining an orchestra, or for a person fulfilling a lifelong dream of starting a band, there is actually a lot to learn. For those new to microphone lingo, chances are you are unaware of the many microphone types and the differences between them. Many of these differences can affect your choice of instrument condenser microphone or any other type, for that matter. So here is the first in a multiple-part educational series to help you with that decision.

First, we are going to go over a couple important definitions that will be referenced throughout the series. Hopefully, this will serve as a good introduction to the lingo, as well as give you some basic principles of sound that will serve you well in your musical endeavors.

Transient response - how a microphone reproduces speed of voice/instrument. If you want a more technical definition, the transient response of a microphone is its ability to respond to rapidly changing sound waves.

Frequency response - how a microphone responds to different frequencies.

Sound Pressure Levels (SPLs) - could be defined as a measure of the strength or intensity of sound. I could get technical here, but suffice it to say that, for the average person, loudness or volume are good words to associate here.

Now, we first are going to discuss condenser condenser microphone. These are the most common type of microphone you will find in studios. Relatively speaking, they have a wide frequency and transient response. This is part of the reason you do not typically find them outside studios because they are very sensitive to ambient noise (i.e. another instrument all the way across the stage). It is also good to note that they are quite fragile. As far as their cost, generally condenser mics are rather expensive. Cheap condenser microphone can be found, but you will most likely hear the "cheapness" in how it reproduces sound. Condenser mics are great proof of the adage, "you get what you pay for".

Another primary type of microphone is the dynamic condenser microphone. Compared to condenser condenser microphone, dynamic condenser microphone are much more rugged. They are quite resistant to moisture, being "dropped", and other forms of abuse, which makes them the typical choice for stage performances. You will find that most quality rock clubs (or any club featuring live entertainment) will have at least 4 or 5 of these condenser microphone. Each will probably bear scars from its life (literally) & may even look "worn out"; however, they likely are still fully functional and sound just as they did the day they came out of the package. Dynamic condenser microphone are also able to withstand high SPLs. The transient & frequency response is a bit limited, but this actually makes them ideal for rock concerts, live vocals, drums, etc. A condenser microphone would likely keel over in agony if used in a live rock environment because they are just too sensitive. Dynamic condenser microphone are not as dependent on the sound-deadening design of studios/recording booths as condenser mics. It is interesting to note that despite their high durability, dynamic condenser microphone are typically cheaper than their condenser counterparts.

Well, that is probably enough for right now. There is a lot more to this, but right now it is important to lay some foundation for future releases of this series. Upcoming articles on the 2 main types of condenser microphone, large diaphragm & small diaphragm, cardioid condenser microphone, recommendations for proper application, and other topics will be forthcoming. Hopefully, this collection of topics will help inform its readers about condenser microphone and help them select the proper microphone for their needs.

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