How do the Best Condenser Microphones Work? 

 

Gone are the days where artists must rely on producers, studios, and engineers. This is fortunate for aspiring artists with a limited budget and a can-do attitude. But it can also pose much trouble for those that do not know much about music technology and what the best options available on the market are.

If you’re like most artists, you’ve probably figured out that you’ll need some sort of recording device first. Whether you’re a singer, rapper, or even instrumentalist, a microphone will essentially be your primary means of transmitting your talent from the physical to the digital. Finding the best recording microphone is important for an artist at any level because your fans will be able to discern the difference between high quality and low quality.

However, do not fear – we’ve decided to compile a list of the Best Condenser Microphones in the industry so that you don’t have to go through the trouble of figuring them out yourself. But before we get to that list, it’s important that we explain some of the basics of microphone recording in your own ‘home studio’.

Supplemental devices like a pop-filter.

Your audio interface.

Your pre-amp.

Your computer’s processing capabilities

  • Even after you record your vocals, you’ll need to perform some level of mastering. However, the amount of ‘tweaking’ you’ll need to do to your vocals will vary based on the quality of the microphone. We’ll address this more in our Best Condenser Microphones list.
  • The type of audio you’re recording will make a tangible difference on a microphone’s suitability as well. Don’t get us wrong; a great microphone is a great microphone. But if you have a microphone that is tailored to a high-powered singer and you’re a rapper, you won’t receive the optimum effects from that device. Higher quality mics will mitigate this issue to some extent, though. This will be addressed in our Best Condenser Microphones list as well.
  • Be advised that recording professionals and studios typically have supplementary devices such as audio boards, compression kits, and other high-powered equipment designed specifically to enhance the recording process, so you won’t sound like Mariah Carey or Jay-Z right out of the gate!

Types of Recording Microphones

As if worrying about all the above wasn’t enough, you must also be aware that there are two kinds of recording microphones that are typically used: dynamic and condenser. The difference between the two lies in their operating principle.

  • Condenser Mic – This type of recording microphone is most popular when it comes to vocals and in-house recording. It’s usually not used in performance settings because of its heightened level of sensitivity and delicate nature. The microphone operates via electrical signal output that derives from the sound input.

In laymen’s terms, a condenser microphone is tailored for a more personal performance area such as a recording studio or intimate setting.

  • Dynamic Mic – On the contrary, dynamic microphones are typically tailored for live performance and recordings. Dynamic microphones are much more simple in function and generally have a smaller electrical generator that is less sensitive to sound than condenser microphones are. Generally, dynamic microphones can handle thunderous sounds and inputs and are tough to signal overload (though not impossible).

*Our list will be comprised of all the best condenser microphones, as a dynamic one would almost never be used in this context.

This may seem like a lot to consider right now, but don’t be intimidated! We have many other guides that will address all these needs and concerns with in-depth guides designed to give beginners an overview of what they should buy and do if they wish to start up their own at-home studio or even an official one.

For those that are just beginning to record at home, many of these considerations are something that you need not worry too much about. Items such as a pre-amp are not entirely necessary in the beginning stages and serve primarily as an enhancer rather than a necessity. If you are reading this article, then you’ve already taken the first bold, yet correct step in your journey as a recording artist. Buying the appropriate microphone is probably over half of the battle of recording.

Please Note: For the purposes of this article, we will strictly discuss true microphones and not USB connected ones. We will discuss the pros and cons and best USB microphones in a separate article.

Our List of the Best Condenser Microphones in the Industry 

Criteria 

This list is composed of what we feel are the top 10 best microphones in the market right now. Each microphone is rated on a scale of 0-100 in 4 categories, with 0 representing absolute garbage and 100 representing something Jimmy Hendrix would humbly use.  The four categories being used for evaluation are Aesthetics, Versatility, Recording Ability, and Pricing.

Aesthetics will be scored based on the overall look of the microphone. Does it look sophisticated, high-tech, and cool? Or is this something that looks like it came from your grandma’s attic?

Versatility and Recording Ability will be scored on the basis of how versatile the microphone is. Can it be used for any purpose or is it just best for those performing rap vocals? Or possibly just singers? Or even in a more limited function, just soprano singers? Recording ability is based on the stand-alone quality of the microphone itself, assuming a standard pre-amp, interface, and audio software set-up.

It will also analyze what, if anything, will need to be done to enhance the vocals once recorded.For example, do you need a high level of engineering expertise just to make the recording sound decent? Or is the microphone so good that you barely need to modify the vocals to get the correct sound you were looking for? We’ll also be looking at how well the microphone performs its intended purpose.

Pricing is scored based on the fairness of item’s listed price at the time of writing. Is the current market price for the microphone reasonable, a deal, or outrageously expensive? This category will be based on the microphone itself, our personal evaluation on how much the microphone should cost as well as the prices of other comparable microphones in the market.

 

#10 Floureon-BM-800-Condenser-Studio-Recording-Microphone

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The Floureon BM-800 comes in at a strong #10 on our Best Condenser Microphones   list. The Floureon is a great beginner-level microphone that can either work by phantom power or battery power (note: phantom power is most often provided by an audio interface).

Aesthetics  – Despite being such a cheap microphone, the aesthetics on this device are nice. It’s built like a real studio microphone and employs the use of steel on its structure with the classic steel mesh pattern for the windscreen.

The microphone comes with two different colorway options of either platinum or black and gold, which both give an impressive aura. The zinc alloy at the base of the microphone also adds a pleasant touch as well. It’s fairly compact too, measuring just 5 cm across and 16 cm long.

Versatility and Recording Quality – The versatility of the microphone is in question to some extent. Its sound range is between 20 Hz-20kHz, which is the industry standard for most microphones and headphones. However, what’s important to note is its output impedance, which stands at 1500 ohms.

In laymen’s terms, this refers to the microphone’s overall resistance to the AC current it transmits the signal through. This is below average for other studio microphones on the market. Its limitations and failures to effectively utilize all audio power being distributed to it restrict its usage to something that is more catered to those wishing to do podcasts rather than record some serious vocals for any type of music.

The microphone’s equivalent noise level stands at 16 decibels, which again is average – nothing to write home about. As a reminder, a microphone’s equivalent noise level refers to the output the microphone produces when there is no other sound.

The higher the noise level, the greater the interference and presence of erroneous noises and vice versa.  In addition, the microphone may require a sound card of some sort in order to maximize its function. The technology within this device is not built for producing amazing quality vocals.

Many additional supplements would need to be introduced in conjunction with a high level of engineering to make vocal recording on this microphone sound really professional. It’s a good microphone for beginners that are trying to figure out what recording style works best for them and shouldn’t be put in any higher esteem than that.

Pricing  – The pricing for this product is excellent. At the time of writing, the microphone is going for a basement-low price of 28 USD on Amazon. For what this microphone provides, a price that low is almost absurd to consider. For that reason, the microphone’s rating on pricing is necessary.

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#9 –  MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser

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The MXL 770 Cardioid Condenser is a step above the Floureon BM-800 and presents itself as a strong #9 on our list of Best Condenser Microphones. As its name indicates, the microphone functions with a cardioid recording pattern.

This is starkly different than the omnidirectional pattern the Floureon uses. In laymen’s terms, these patterns refer to the areas on the microphone that are responsive to sound input or pressure. The company advertises that the microphone is great for recording hip-hop or rock specifically.

This microphone is probably more geared toward those in the beginner to intermediate category, rather than recording professionals themselves.

Aesthetics –  The microphone is beautiful, although not necessarily an aesthetic upgrade from the Floureon. It comes with a sleek black and gold design with a black mesh weave covering the windscreen portion of the microphone. The microphone is also compact in size and weight, giving it a sleek feel.

Versatility and Recording Ability – The cardioid patterning of the microphone gives it a higher level of versatility than #10 on our Best Condenser Microphones list. It does this by allowing for more flexibility in the types of vocals it can effectively record and process.

It appears that this microphone would be useful for singing, rapping, and general conversation in the form of a podcast or a related event which gives it a decent amount of versatility. Given the microphone’s cardioid operation, it may be best suited for singers.

Rappers and other vocal artists may not be as well served. It also comes with a built in ability to low pass the -10 decibel range, which is helpful in getting rid of extraneous noise that ‘muddies’ up recordings.

The microphone’s equivalent noise level is at 18 decibels, which is actually slightly worse than the Floureon BM-100 on our Best Condenser Microphones list. However, it compensates well for this with a very low impedance rating of only 200 ohms. This balances out in the microphone to produce a decent sound.

Reviews and other relevant assessments have drawn a similar conclusion, stating that the microphone is a good device for those in the beginner to intermediate range. Because of its low level of impedance, sophisticated equipment will not be needed to maximize this microphone’s audio quality. However, because of its higher equivalent noise level, that quality ceiling is not incredibly high to begin with. It isn’t low or poor either though, so do not be misled to believe so.

Pricing –  The market price for the microphone of 105 USD at the time of this writing is fair given the microphone’s capabilities. It is somewhat of a deal, but not to the extent that it can qualify as a steal of any sort. If one were to make this purchase, then they could be confident that they have at least received their money’s worth in value and possibly a bit more as well.

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#8- Audio-Technica AT2035 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone

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Coming in at #8 on our Best Condenser Microphones list, the Audio-Technica AT2035 is a very sturdy, solid microphone for any artist that is at an intermediate level of expertise in recording. With its cardioid wave pattern, the microphone does a little bit more than what you would expect out of an omnidirectional device and its low impedance and equivalent noise ratings help boost its potential as well.

Aesthetics – The microphone’s design is fairly plain at first sight. One thing that does set it apart from the other microphones that precede it on this list is the fact that the windscreen portion takes up much more real estate on the microphone. The windscreen itself is an all-black steel mesh with some amount of transparency that makes the diaphragm itself visible. The microphone is as lightweight (403 g) as it looks and is compact as well.

Versatility and Recording Ability – As mentioned before, the cardioid patterning gives the microphone more diversity in recording various forms of vocal input (i.e., singing, rapping) than an omnidirectional one would. The microphone comes with a built in high-pass filter for the high-frequency roll-off which filters the 80 Hz, 12 Db/Octave range. In laymen’s terms, the microphone comes with a built in switch that allows you to remove some of the vocals in the lower regions that may be unnecessary or detract from the overall vocal quality of the recording. This gives the microphone more versatility by making it more accommodating for individuals with voices that may benefit from that function. The microphone also comes with a 10 Db pad – which is basically another switch option that boosts the input by 10 Db. This can be useful to those with a softer voice or lack a pre-amp.

The recording ability of the microphone is respectable. With an equivalent noise rating of 12 Db, the Audio Technica AT2035 hardly picks up any unnecessary noise.

It also has a very low impedance level (120 ohms), so it does a great job transmitting the vocals via the XLR cable or other signal output that one decides to attach. In laymen’s terms, the microphone is effective at making sure the initial quality of recording that the microphone picks up is not degraded substantially as it is transmitted to the interface.

There shouldn’t be too much additional dressing up that vocals need if they are recorded by this microphone. With a solid interface, pre-amp, and software to process the vocals themselves, recordings should only need a few minor tweaks before being ‘song-ready.’

Pricing  – The pricing of the device at the time of writing is reasonable. It’s neither cheap nor expensive but it received its score because, typically, when microphones are higher in quality it is a lot more likely that they will become overpriced.

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#7 – SE Electronics X1 Microphone

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Coming in at #7 on our list of Best Condenser Microphones, the SE Electronics X1 Microphone is probably the best microphone for any intermediate level recording artist.

Standing right at the cusp of what you can expect of a professional microphone, the SE Electronics X1 provides a ‘next level’ feel to vocals that the previous microphones on our list cannot.

Aesthetics – Aesthetically, this microphone is designed in the manner of many professional microphones; small, compact, high mesh to handle ratio, with a shape that is curated for vocal performance. From first look, it is obvious to tell the design of the microphone is different from what you’d typically see from the lower-end models.

The windscreen is shaped like a trapezoid when viewed from the front or back and from the side appears to converge towards the peak in a triangular shape with the top being substantially more narrow than its base. The mesh itself has classic all-black interwoven black steel pattern that contains just enough transparency to make out the circular diaphragm faintly.

Versatility and Recording Ability – The microphone is much more versatile than the previous items on this list, earning it the ranking of #7. Similar to the two preceding microphones on this list, the SE X1 works using cardioid functionality. It also has two switches on it for increased versatility.

One switch enables the high pass feature. The other switch allows the users to toggle between a 0 Db and -10 Db setting. The former is the ‘default’ setting and the second allows the microphone to record at a reduced frequency for those with more powerful voices that could potentially overload the signal capacity of the device.

This is a useful function for microphones of a higher caliber because they typically have increased sensitivity. This microphone would serve its purpose well for singers and rappers alike as well as instrumentalists. The microphone would probably be best accommodated for singers, but rappers and acoustic instrumentalists could get utility out of the device.

The recording ability of this microphone is fairly high. As expected, it operates by 48V power (interface).  It has an equivalent noise of 16Db, which is decent. The low cut filter switch is pretty effective on this device for pre-mastering.

The -10 Db switch also expands the input the microphone can hold before the sound is distorted, further ensuring a better quality recording based on the vocals used. Its max sound pressure is listed at 120Db. Sound pressure is basically a fancy term for the max volume a microphone can record before the input becomes distorted.

It’s impedance stands at 200 ohms, which is very low as well. Overall, the recording ability is pretty good, which greatly reduces the immediate need for any extensive mastering.

Pricing – The market price at the time of this writing is pretty decent. It isn’t an excellent deal, but it is a deal nonetheless. This microphone could easily be sold for 300 USD or more and that would still be considered fair.

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#6 – Shure SM27 Condenser Microphone

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Coming in at #6 on our Best Condenser Microphones list is the Shure SM27 Condenser Microphone. Simply put, this microphone is where professionalism begins in the audio recording industry.

With a unique design, incredible sound pressure threshold and large diaphragm, this microphone is designed to handle vocals in a way comparable to many dynamic microphones whilst still maintaining the delicacy and attention to detail of the industry’s Best Condenser Microphones.

Aesthetics – Aesthetically, this microphone looks as powerful as it is. Its small, ‘heavy’ frame gives it more of a juggernaut feel than other microphones. The windscreen is designed in a way that is similar to most dynamic microphones in its thickness.

Underneath the windscreen are other layers of woven mesh that assist the microphone in filtering out some of the extraneous noises resulting from sibilance in vocalists when pronouncing certain words. The microphone itself is all black and has a thick bottom frame that says ‘I’m tough’. We like the way this microphone looks!

Versatility and Recording Ability – This microphone is pretty diverse in its functionality for a wide range of recording purposes. It comes with a three-option low pass filter setting with a very high sound pressure that allows the device to handle powerful vocals and instrumentation.

This device is best suited for a very strong singer. However, with its large diaphragm, it still maintains the ability to pick up more delicate vocals with clarity. Thus, the versatility of the microphone received a reasonably high score.

As mentioned before, the maximum sound pressure capability of the microphone enhances its recording capacity by ensuring that the majority of the vocals in a normal range can be safely captured by the device without risk of overload.

With inferior microphones, vocals must be re-recorded or undergo extensive audio engineering, so this is a welcome bonus. The microphone’s large diameter and high power requirement (+48V phantom power/Interface) is indicative of its recording capacity. This hypothesis is confirmed by the microphone’s impedance and equivalent noise levels.

Its output impedance stands at 150 ohms, which is far above the industry average, serves as a further testament to the power of the microphone. Similarly, its equivalent noise level is astonishingly low at just 9.5 Db, so one should not expect much ambient noise to interfere with audio recording quality.

These specs in conjunction with the low pass filter and decibel reduction options give this microphone the capability of producing a high-quality recording that should not need too much additional mastering after completion.

Pricing – The pricing for this device is very reasonable given its technology and capabilities. Remember, microphones are fairly expensive devices in general, so anything under 400 USD is still in the range of ‘cheap’. We can’t exactly qualify this as a steal, but it’s a pretty solid deal at its current market price.

Visit this Amazon link for more reviews, facts, and purchase information.

 

 

#5 – Oktava MK-220

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Ranking #5 on our list of Best Condenser Microphones is the Oktava MK-220. This microphone is right at the threshold of professional recording devices. It not only possesses the equivalent specifications of the best microphones preceding it on our list, it has the ability to switch between omnidirectional, cardioid, and bi-directional input patterns. This added feature is a huge innovation in recent microphone technology and is the reason why we put it at #5 on our Best Condenser Microphones list.

Aesthetics – The microphone has a very ‘tough’ look to it. The base of the microphone is solid black steel while the windscreen is covered in the stock professional all black mesh covering with a cylindrically shaped top.

Overall, the microphone looks like one you’d find in any reasonable studio. It doesn’t have any fancy color patterns or shiny additions that you’d find on some other microphones, though. The microphone itself is standard size at 8 inches in length.

Versatility and Recording Ability –  As mentioned before, the microphones ability to switch between omni-directional, cardioid, and bidirectional input patterns is a huge bonus in the versatility area. This enables the microphone to be useful for a wide range of sounds.

It also comes with a -10 Db switch and a high pass filter as well for greater optimization depending on the input. This microphone, like the last, would be great for a powerful singer or instrumentalist. It would also be suitable for rap vocals as well.

The microphone has great recording ability. With an impedance score of 200 ohms, and an equivalent noise level of below 14 decibels, this microphone is designed to have low interference and effectively transmit that sound directly to the recording device without any significant depreciation in quality.

Its sound pressure threshold of 140 decibels is significantly higher than industry standard, allowing substantial room for vocals and other inputs without fear of distortion in parts of the recording. Overall, the recording ability is very good with this microphone. If you are able to maneuver the correct settings on the device, it will produce a recording that shouldn’t need much further mastering or editing.

Pricing – This item is fairly priced. It is neither a steal nor a rip-off. However, fairly priced items of high-quality are somewhat difficult to find, justifying its price score.

Here is a link to the Amazon Page where you can purchase this microphone, find more product information and read its stellar reviews.

 

 

#4 – Avantone BV-1 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Mic

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Coming at #4 on our list of Best Condenser Microphones is our very first heavyweight, the Avantone BV-1 Large-diaphragm Tube Condenser Microphone. With a very unique design and capabilities that far exceed what one would expect out of the average microphone. This is a device designed for those at a professional level of proficiency and knowledge in recording.

Aesthetics – The microphone has a very cool old-school design with a large manila base. The windscreen itself is in the shape of a perfect circle that hovers slightly above the frame itself, isolating it from the structure completely to maximize its recording capability.

The windscreen is composed of a steel mesh net that maintains just enough transparency for you to see the device’s diaphragm. The entire microphone has a throwback vintage look to it while still looking new, which is very cool.

Versatility and Recording Ability– This microphone is extremely versatile. It comes with its own power source which features the option to switch between 9 different wave patterns, which is huge in the field of versatility. The microphone also contains 8 High-pass switches that are useful for increased versatility.

There is an attenuation switch, which vocalists can use to increase or decrease the strength of signal that the microphone emits to the receiving device (interface), which is very helpful when working with a multitude of various vocals. Overall, this microphone seems to hold an evenly distributed level of excellence for instrumentalists, rappers, and singers alike.

The recording ability of the microphone is stellar.  With an astounding maximum sound pressure of 134 Db, the device can handle most normal inputs without significant distortion.

The equivalent noise level is also very low, making for very little interference. The impedance level is below 200 ohms, which is much lower than industry standard. The microphone’s -35dBv is also a helpful additional feature that reduces the overall noise pollution in the mix.

Pricing – At its current market price, it has a great value. Since the microphone package also includes its own corresponding power source and other amenities, customers are getting a very solid deal in purchasing the product.

Here is a link to the Amazon Page where you can purchase this microphone, find more product information and read its stellar reviews.

 

 

#3 – AKG Pro Audio C214 Condenser Microphone 

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The AKG Pro Audio C214 Condenser Microphone wedges in comfortably at #3 on our Best Condenser Microphones list. The microphone’s impressive design and advanced technology are what pushes it above all other preceding microphones on our list.

Aesthetics – Aesthetically, this microphone has a very tough design, without looking like a juggernaut. It also features a clear steel meshed net which is very transparent, displaying the large diaphragm in the middle.

Versatility and Recording Ability– The microphone has a high level of versatility with its high sound pressure threshold of 156 decibels. This is near dynamic microphone capability and poses as very useful for the artist of any sort. Its large diaphragm makes for picking up more sensitive sounds, allowing quieter artists to be heard with clarity as well.

The microphone does come with different switches for wave patterns as well as some low pass filters to get rid of some of the more unnecessary low ‘ends’ in a given recording. This microphone should prove itself effective for vocal recordings of all ranges.

The recording ability of this microphone is very high. As mentioned earlier, the max SPL (sound pressure threshold) of 156 DB allows this microphone to handle an absurd amount of input before signals become distorted or clipped.

At 200 ohms, the impedance level is at the lowest necessary point which guarantees that whatever is recorded will be transmitted identically to the receiving device (interface).

There will be some work needed on the back-end in terms of mastering after the vocals are recorded as well as a strong amount of percussion and instrumentation.

Pricing – Pricing for the microphone is excellent given what it offers the consumer, we’d definitely recommend this microphone to anyone looking for a high quality professional device.

Here is a link to the Amazon Page where you can purchase this microphone, find more product information and read its stellar reviews.

 

 

#2- QSC Touchmix 16 Digital Mixer with AKG C314 Studio Condenser Microphone

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At #2 on our Best Condenser Microphones list we present the QSC Touchmix 16 Digital Mixer with AKG C314 Studio Condenser Microphone. This device has a lot of unique innovations such as allowing the user to actually change the wave pattern and microphone type (condenser/dynamic).

The microphone itself also supports a variety of software plug-ins, which is very unique. Essentially, this microphone represents what you can expect from the ‘next level’.

Aesthetic Score – Aesthetically, it doesn’t immediately strike you as an amazing device. The QSC Touchmix logo on the microphone itself is somewhat ugly in our opinion. It has a steel mesh covering over the windscreen, which is pretty standard for most microphones.

The windscreen is transparent enough for the diaphragm to be observed. The QSC Touchmix system that it comes with is a thing of beauty. Simply. It looks similar to a control panel device you’d expect to find Scotty using on the Enterprise.

Versatility and Recording Ability-  The versatility of this microphone is stellar. The microphone’s power source attachment, the ‘Sphere’, is an innovative piece of technology that gives users the ability to mimic the workings of any other microphone.

It also comes with a software plugin that allows users to change the polarity patterning of the microphone (omnidirectional, cardioid) even after the input has been recorded. The software even works with the microphone to perform what the company calls, ‘Off-Axis Correction™’, which is a process where the vocals are digitally analyzed and then adjusted with a maximization system to produce more accurate polarity patterns that will reduce unwanted noises and distortions. This microphone would serve any vocalist very well.

As predicted, the recording ability of this microphone is stellar as well. With an astonishing equivalent noise level of just 7 dB, there is hardly any unnecessary noise that is picked up by the microphone, helping to provide very crisp recordings. The impedance of below 200 ohms is at the industry’s highest standard as well.

The microphone’s advanced technology allows for substantially reduced latency which enhances its ability to process recordings in ‘real-time’. The extremely high sound pressure threshold of 140 Db, gives the microphone a very high level of resilience to loud signs before clipping or distortion occurs. If used correctly, there should be hardly any excess mastering needed for the microphone’s input.

Pricing – The pricing of this item in relation to the value that one receives is amazing. Simply put, this packaged deal is a steal and if you have the money and desire to maneuver some very high powered equipment, then this may be the right purchase for you.

 

Here is a link to the Amazon Page where you can purchase this microphone, find more product information, and read its stellar reviews.

 

 

#1 – Neumann TLM 107 Condenser Microphone

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The Neumann TLM 107 was almost an undisputed #1 on our Best Condenser Microphones list. Following the tradition and standard of excellence Neumann sets for most of their microphones, the Neumann TLM 107 can easily be considered the class of all recording microphones.

Aesthetics – The microphone, at first glance, is deceptively small. It may be hard to view the object in its entirety and rationalize how so much raw recording power can be contained within, but it is no myth. It comes in two different colors, black or nickel, and employs tightly woven steel mesh design over the windscreen that maintains just enough transparency for one to see the device’s diaphragm.

There are no oddities or crazy bells and whistles that can be located on the outside of the device, but it is very notably compact, taking its spot as the smallest microphone on our entire list of Best Condenser Microphones. Its simple, yet elegant design is one that is simultaneously humble and aesthetically pleasing.

Versatility and Recording Ability– The Neumann microphone has an incredible amount of versatility. Whether one is a singer, rapper, instrumentalist, radio personality, or blogger, they could benefit greatly from the use of the microphone.

The microphone comes with the option of switching between all known wave patterns available in the industry as well as a massive amount of low-pass and volume filters to accommodate a wide range of inputs. In addition, it sound pressure threshold of 140 DB is one that can handle the bulk of inputs without distortion or signal overload. With the attenuation features, this threshold can surpass 150 Db.

This is where the Neumann TLM 107 really shines. With an astonishing impedance rating of 50 ohms, the microphone will virtually replicate whatever signal it captures.

Its extremely high sensitivity and industry best equivalent sound level of sub-10 decibels, the microphone is optimized to pick up only what the user wishes it to ‘hear’. It functions using a different connector (XLR3F) than most other microphones on our Best Condenser Microphones list. Its signal to noise ratio is an industry best as well.

There should be little to no mastering needed apart from compression after inputs are recorded with this microphone. This is the highest quality studio recording device one can reasonably expect from the industry.

Pricing – The microphone has an excellent price given what it can do. This is arguably the best microphone in the industry and many famous artists of all genres record with a Neumann. With a price cheaper than a lot of other microphones, including a couple of ones on our Best Condenser Microphones list, this microphone is easily worth the money and probably hundreds more.

 

Here is a link to the Amazon Page where you can purchase this microphone, find more product information, and read its stellar reviews.