Broadcast Microphones

sm7b webIf you do most of your product research by viewing musician’s forums and recording sites, you might have the impression that the only type of microphone worth having is a condensor… and you would be very wrong. Dynamic microphones are much better suited for most broadcast work.

Let’s look at the differences between dynamic and condensor microphones.

SENSITIVITY -
Condensor mics are very sensitive. Made to pick up the smallest detail. This is an excellent feature when recording a delicate instrument in an acoustically- perfect recording studio. But it’s usually not a positive feature for broadcasters.

Most broadcast studios are not perfect acoustic environments. We’d rather not hear (quite so clearly, anyway) the computer fan, the air conditioner, the room echo, and other random noises from down the hall.

DURABILITY -
Condensor mics are fairly delicate creatures. Too much rough handling, or even moisture, can cause crackle, hiss, or complete failure. They are best suited to  a nice, warm, safe recording studio. Use a dynamic mic if you expect it may get dropped or wet.

PORTABILITY -
Condensor mics require a phantom power source to operate (often written as +48V). Many portable mixers, like those used for sports broadcasting, don’t provide phantom power. Dynamic mics don’t need any external power.

The most popular dynamic mics for on-air studios are RE20, SM7, and MD421. Popular handheld models for portable use are VP64A, MD46, RE50B.

Browse all of our dynamic mics here. There are many models to choose from, in several price ranges. Some have mute switches. Some have extra long handles to allow space for a mic flag (showing the station’s logo is always a good thing).

Broadcasters rely on dynamic mics because their particular features make them uniquely suited for our applications.

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