Microphones, or Mics, are the constant companions of singers, broadcast announcers, recording artists and other professionals who essentially use their voices for others to hear and appreciate. They are what comes between them and their audience. Mics are an essential part of the music as the instruments and vocals.
Microphones convert acoustical energy (sound waves) into electrical energy (the audio signal). There are different types of mics, all designed to convert energy but they have one thing in common – The Diaphragm. The mic’s diaphragm vibrates when it is struck by sound waves, which causes other components in the microphone to vibrate. These vibrations are converted into an electrical current which becomes the audio signal.
The four commonly used types of mics and their usual applications are:
Dynamic Mics. – They are workhorses that are durable, cheap but bring out cool sounds. They are the preferred choice for loud sources like drum kit close mics and guitar and bass cabs.
Large Diaphragm Condenser (LDC) Mics. – Professional recording studios go for the large and stylish large-diaphragm condenser microphones for their recording needs.
Condenser Mics. – These microphones need a power source to operate. As such, they produce a much louder output signal while being more sensitive.
Small Diaphragm Condenser Mics. – These are smaller and less flashy versions of the LDC but are as useful. They are mostly used in classical music recording sessions and commonly used in pairs for an effective stereo effect.
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