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Condenser Microphone vs. Dynamic Microphone

There are a lot of misunderstandings surrounding both kinds of microphones. We want to give you some insights and reasons for your choice. Read our PROS or CONS of Condenser Microphone vs Dynamic Microphone.


The Dynamic Microphone

Condenser Microphone vs Dynamic Microphone

There are a number of definitions for the phrase dynamic microphone. The phrase we like most is that microphones in most cases are a distinct form of electromechanical gadget inheriting a so called transducer. This transducer is converting mechanical movement (vibration) into electrical power.


In the case of a dynamic microphone, a thin diaphragm of mylar or other material is connected to a coil of thin copper wire. The electrical signal produced by the movement of the diaphragm, is hooked up to a connector on the microphone. So mostly you just plug it in and it works.  Of course often this means that dynamic microphone come with a XLR connector which makes it necessary to attach a mixer device to get a recordable signal (mostly via usb) for your  computer.


Dynamic microphones are available in many styles and sizes. The dimensions and design of the dynamic element (diaphragm) plays a huge role in how the microphone recording sounds. You can say, the greater the diaphragm, the smoother and deeper the sound.


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Our Pro Microphone Recommendation: Often vocal Artists like singers state, that they like Dynamic Microphones. Singers like the ability of dynamic microphones to make the voice sound a bit deeper and therefore warmer. For example the Shure SM7B Vocal Dynamic Microphone is one of the more professional grade dynamic microphones. We can recommend the SM7B for people who maybe want to earn money from their singing as it really provides decent sound quality.


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Our Budget Microphone Recommendation: A more mass market solution with really good sound quality is the CAD Audio KBM412 Dynamic Microphone. With over 85years of experience CAD has crafted a really good sounding microphone. Especially when you pay attention to very deep frequencies the KBM412 makes a really great job.


For most of the Dynamic Microphones you need a sound mixer which converts your analog signal (XLR connection) into a digital signal for your computer (YouTube).


The Condenser Microphone

Condenser Microphone vs Dynamic Microphone

Condenser microphones use a different style of transducer. Condenser elements are a kind of capacitor. You find in most designs a fixed back-plate and a movable entrance plate. These plates are fixed in a defined distance aside of each other and an electrical charge is applied. As sound hits the movable plate, it starts to vibrate.

This creates a tiny change in the capacitance, which is transformed into an electrical signal. This signal is highly small and needs some amplification. Today’s modern condenser microphones do no longer require external power supplies or batteries. They often come with an build in amplifier powered through the usb cable.


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Condenser microphones are also on hand in a vast range of styles and sizes. You find them from the size of a small pencil eraser to that of a full grown bottle of your favorite delicate drink that might rhyme with “Choke”. Condenser microphones tend to be more sensitive and accurate than their dynamic cousins. Everyone is using condensers as they are present in each discipline of audio recording.


For example the microphones you can find in your mobilephone or pc are small condenser microphones. In modern life condenser microphones are the most common type of microphone which can be found everywhere.


You can read everything about our all time favorite condenser microphone the Yeti USB Condenser Microphone, which still is unbeaten when it comes to price/value. Especially the good sound quality and the multipurpose (pickup pattern switch) makes the Yeti the No. 1 Weapon for a lot of the famous YouTube Artists.


Conclusion – To Make it Simple 
(for most users)

Condenser Microphone vs Dynamic Microphone

USB Microphones

best microphone for podcast- condenser microphone vs dynamic microphone-rightWe experience daily the fast increase of popularity of the easy to use USB microphones; just plug-and-play (redord). They include an inner pre-amp and analog-to-digital converter that takes the incoming signal (your voice, for illustration), stronger. It even converts it and makes it capable to travel by a USB cable to your laptop or iPad for easy recording.

They’re often the number one choice for pod-casters, YouTubers & musicians who want to share their home made productions online. Most YouTube enthusiasts use USB Microphones and they are a good choice for anyone looking for a massive audio quality improvement, compared to the built in mics in our todays desktop or earbud headphones.


Well as of today, there aren’t many dynamic mics out there that aren’t XLR connectors (the 3 pins at the bottom of a lot of dynamic mics that need an analog connection and a mixer to convert into a digital signal).


Within the variety of Condenser mics there are a lot of our favorites for nearly all recording purposes.

Our Tip for You! We showed you the main differences between condenser vs dynamic microphones. Jump straight to our HOMEPAGE now and use the Guide to start with the Purpose of your recordings and easily find the one – that is made for you. Just 3 simple steps!



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