What is a condenser microphone?

  Microphones are incredibly important when it comes to building a studio. They are the centerpiece of all gear setups. If you’re looking to buy a microphone specifically for recording, we recommend going with a condenser microphone. In our opinion, it may seem like there are a lot of condenser mics out there to choose from, but if you narrow it down through research in terms of the overall reviews, cost-to-quality and personal use we’ve experienced, finding the top 10 wasn’t as difficult as we thought it would be. To choose your mic, it depends on a few factors: your budget, how big of a diaphragm you want and the majority of what you’ll be using it for.


  What is a condenser microphone?
  A condenser microphone is a specific type of recording device that’s all about fidelity. They are extremely responsive and clear as to what is in front of them, whether it is vocals, strings, brass, drums and more. They come in quite a few different shapes and sizes as you will see, but most of them have large diaphragms to pick up what you’re throwing at it while isolating the sounds from it’s surroundings — perfect to get that clear recording you need. Technically speaking, the condenser diaphragm vibrates in relation to the sound pressure that is given.


  The BOYA BY-V01 is a stereo X/Y condenser microphone, this microphone provides greater control of your audio than the internal mics on DSLR camera, video cameras, or digital recorders. A switch for 90° or 120° pickup patterns allows you to adjust the directivity of the microphone. Compact and lightweight, the BY-V01 attaches to your camera's shoe mount and plugs directly into your camera or portable recorder's microphone input for crisp, clear stereo audio capture. The included windscreen cuts down not only on environmental noise, but on the operational noises of the lens and camera, such as autofocus movement.
  Features
  • Compact stereo microphone
  • Selectable pickup patterns 90° or 120°
  • Integrated cold-shoe mount and foam windshield
  • Light weight and easy to use
  • Includes fur windscreen
  • Integrated shock mount and shoe mount with threaded ¼" socket
  Specification
  • Frequency response: 35-20KHz
  • Signal/Noise: 74dB or more
  • Reception sensitivity: -40dB ±1dB / 0dB=1V/Pa,1KHz
  • Power requirement: LR44 battery (included)

  A common question we hear is: what is the difference between a dynamic and condenser microphone? To put it simply, dynamic microphones are best used for live performances while condenser mics are recommended for recording.

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