The second type is the large diaphragm condenser mic. This is the one you usually see vocals recorded on in professional studios. Pricing on these can range from $100 to well over $5000. You can definitely spend way too much here if you don’t have the experience of listening to how they sound. There are some great $300 mics as well as some average $800 ones. A great group of $800 –$1000 mics is the AKG C 414 family. These mics are probably the best addition you can make to your microphone cabinet when you can afford it.
The last type of condenser mics are ribbon mics. They were developed in the 1930’s but not used very much any more as the ribbon elements are fragile, especially in high SPL situations.
In every case, consider the instrument you are recording and try to match the frequency response of the instrument to the frequency response of the microphone. For instance, with vocals, a mic with a rise in frequency response around 2500hz will accentuate a vocal nicely especially if it has a low cut filter around 80hz or so. Guitars sit nicely in a mix when the mic has a peak at around 4000hz. Unless you’re recording a kick drum or bass cabinet, a mic with a low cut around 100 hz is the ticket.
Don’t forget - you need cables to connect your microphones to your recording equipment. Most microphones require a 3-pin XLR connector (also known as a mic cable). Don’t skimp on these either, there are some excellent products with lifetime warranties just a bit more expensive than the cheapest brand.
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