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Joe Albano on Sun, May 1st 0 comments
A common question for recording musicians and engineers is whether to use a dynamic or condenser microphone. In this article, Joe Albano explores conventional advice to see whether they hold true.

1. Dynamics are better for stage use 

Fig 1 L-R: Shure SM58 (classic indestructible stage dynamic), Neumann U87 (delicate studio condenser); Neumann KMS-105 (hardy handheld stage condenser)

2. In the studio, Dynamics are for drums & amps, Condensers are for everything else

Fig 2 Top: Standard dynamic drumkit close mics (L-R): Shure SM57, Sennheiser 421, AKG D112, ElectroVoice RE-20; Bottom: DPA miniature condensers as close mics on a drum kit

3. Condensers are better in the studio because they’re more accurate (have a flatter response)  

4. Dynamics are for louder instruments, because Condensers are more delicate

5. Dynamics are for people on a budget 

Fig 3 Top: medium-priced ($300–400) mics (L-R): Rode NT-2A, Sennheiser 421, AT 4033, AKG 214, EV RE-20; Bottom: Sub-$1000 mics (L-R): DPA miniature condensers, Sennheiser 441, Blue Blueberry & Dragonfly, Neumann TLM 102 & KMS 105

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