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Quality Lavalier Microphones

Condenser Microphones. Studio Recording Mics. Vocal Microphones

In the recording and live sound worlds, microphones are simply the tools of the trade. Like any other tools, the craftsman selects the ones he needs in order to achieve the results he is looking for. A more experienced sonic craftsman will use different microphones to sculpt the aural landscape he is creating, much the same way an artist uses different brushes and paints. What follows is a brief overview of different microphone types, including condenser microphones and studio recording mics.

In general usage, condenser microphones and studio recording mics have become almost interchangeable terms. While the two are not mutually inclusive (all condenser mics are not strictly studio mics, and vice versa), usually the mention of a studio mic almost infers a condenser mic, but may also refer to a ribbon mic, but may also include a garden variety dynamic microphone. It all gets very confusing because there are so many microphones, and a lot of them are well-suited to more than one application.

Condenser microphones are much less durable than dynamic microphones, and many of them don’t handle the rigors of live performance as well. On the other hand, they are much more sensitive to transients (or sharp, quick sounds), and are therefore more able to reproduce the sonic nuances of the human voice or other instruments. For this reason, condenser microphones and studio recording mics have become almost synonymous. Condenser microphones also require phantom power, which is either supplied from a mixing console or from an outboard 48v power supply.

Condenser microphones can be split into two main categories: large and small diaphragm types. Large diaphragm mics are more suited to vocal applications or other uses where a warmer sound is desired, while small diaphragm mics are the instrument of choice when faster transient response and higher frequency detail are needed. Again, this is more of an art than a science, so there is a great deal of overlap here. Condenser microphones and studio recording mics, in most applications, are a matter of taste. Like any other tools, there are craftsmen who can achieve stunning results with remarkably modest tools along with their own creativity and ingenuity.

It is also worth mentioning that recent years have spawned a trend in low-priced, offshore-made condenser microphones. The vast majority of these lack the low-frequency detail of their more expensive brethren. Remember, you get what you pay for. You’re probably not going to get a million-dollar vocal on a 50 dollar mic.

Changing gears just a bit, let’s take a quick look at lavalier microphones. Used primarily in live sound and broadcast applications, lavalier microphones are much smaller than handheld vocal microphones and can be worn almost completely unobtrusively. Their tiny size (usually 1.5” or less) makes them the ideal choice for hands-free presentations or for broadcast applications where appearance is a factor. A significant trade-off is that their reduced size usually results in reduced frequency response. As a result, lavalier microphones may not be the ideal choice where sonic detail is a concern, such as in a musical production. Of course there are always exceptions, so your mileage may vary depending on which microphones you have available to you. I have seen instances where lavalier microphones were actually used on drums and acoustic guitars with acceptable if not stellar results. Your best bet is to experiment. Keep in mind that one healthy shot from a drumstick will likely render your lavalier microphone d.o.a., so use some caution.

When trying to choose condenser microphones and studio recording mics, keep in mind that there really are no hard-and-fast rules. Even when deciding on an application for a lavalier microphone, be careful, but don’t be afraid to try different tools.

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