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Dynamic vs Condenser!

08 Aug 2012 06:41 #1 by MusicSpark
MusicSpark created the topic: Dynamic vs Condenser!
Hi everyone :cheer:

Im about to start an amateur youtube channel of me singing. My style of music is pop and rnb. I was just wondering what is better for male vocals. As every other amateur artist on youtube, I have a budget. The three options for condenser mics are the blue spark, mxl v87 and the avantone ck6. Out of these mics im not sure which is better for male vocals in this genre of music. All of these mics are under £200. If the right route is the dynamic mic I have been looking at the shure sm58. All this recording will be done in my room so which type of mic is better for vocals?

Thanks for all your help guys!
Any recommendations for mics, mixers and interfaces help me( as I need all these things)


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08 Aug 2012 12:36 #2 by joseraullive
joseraullive replied the topic: Dynamic vs Condenser!
It depends on a few things, man. Condenser microphones are super sensitive. So if you live in a very loud place where there is a busy street outside or a loud household that's probably not the best idea. It can be a pain. I live in a quiet place and when I record my A/C is still ridiculously loud. A dynamic mic is interesting too, it's a lot less sensitive and they're built to sing into in loud places (concerts, after all) The SM58 is the industry standard.

www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/B1Mic (I own this microphone, I can show you audio samples)
www.musiciansfriend.com/pro-audio/sterli...condenser-microphone (i also own this microphone, i can show you samples of it, too)

Mixing and interfaces are another story entirely. But M-Audio is always a great start.

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10 Aug 2012 11:49 #3 by Feyde
Feyde replied the topic: Dynamic vs Condenser!
In addition to the information Jose provided, dynamic mics tend to by more durable and used for live situations. Condenser mics are more often used for recording situations, in part because they are more sensitive. They also tend to be less susceptible to proximity effect (more bass as you get closer to the mic), which can make male vocals sound "muddy" (not clear). Sometimes a simple bass roll-off switch on the mic will help combat that. Condenser mics also require phantom power or batteries to work, so when you're looking for a mixer get one with phantom power to accommodate condenser mics.

As mentioned, the SM58 is industry standard for live vocals. I tend to use my Beta58 (very similar dynamic mic, but different pickup pattern) for live or scratch tracks, and my KSM32 (Shure condenser mic) for final vocal tracks connected through an Alesis iO26 (8-channel digital interface with phantom power). I do rock music. Results here: open.spotify.com/track/4NEtp6Odkqt58r7mMBvygR

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11 Aug 2012 05:31 #4 by simonwalsh
simonwalsh replied the topic: Dynamic vs Condenser!
For recording it has to be condenser mics. They are more sensitive and so pick up more of the subtleties that dynamic mics miss.

Dynamic microphones work by having a diaphram, and attached to the back of the diaphram is a coil of wire. This passes up and down closer and further away from a magnet that is fixed in place. this movement causes an electric current in the coil attached to the diaphram. Because there is a weight on the diaphram (the coil of wire) it does not move very easily and so is great for live environments where there is a lot of background noise.

Condenser microphones work in a different way. They need a power source as they have an electro magnet inside (phantom power). The diaphram on a condenser mic has a thin film of metal on the back and not a heavy coil of wire. As this thin peice of metal passes closer and further from the electro magnet, it causes a difference in the magnetic field and creates a signal. This means the the diaphram is very light and can move a lot quicker that the diaphram in a dynamic mic. This means that the microphone can pick up more of the minute sound vibration and therefore record these. This means that condenser mics are not really suitable for live situations as they can suffer from a lot of feedback caused from other sound sources, but are perfect for recording in a studio / bedroom.

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