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Condenser Microphones and Characteristics

Condenser Microphones - They need an external power supply (unlike dynamic)

Some have battery attachment as part of microphone housing or on the end of the mic cable as part of the connector.

Others need power delivered to them through the cable of the mixer.
This power system is called Phantom Power

Condenser mics are known for their crisp, responsive sound and they have a wide flat frequency response (they can reproduce a wide range of frequencies evenly and accurately).

Somewhat sensitive so condensers are often used for more distance placement than dynamic mics.
Work well for recording vocal and instrumental ensembles from a distance.
Commonly used to “close mic” solo vocalists but are not hand held.

Too sensitive for drums but work well with cymbals because of their wide frequency response.

Diagram of Condenser Microphone

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