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Why you should consider dynamic over condenser microphones

If one thing I have learnt over the years.

Is that the right mic selection maxes all the difference in the mix.

It literally is the difference between spending hours sometimes days in mix or in some cases a simple level balance and some few effects.

It is truly incredible how much you can get done with a good recording and how creative you can be when the recording sound good from jump.

Why would I say use dynamic over condenser surely condenser with  there more brighter and crisper sound should be the first choice right. Wrong !!!

There are many records out there that you wouldn’t even think that the engineer choose to use a dynamic mic. My favorite example is Michael Jackson thriller where Bruce Swedien used a sm7 to chapter the amazing performance by Michael.

So why would Michael, Bruce and Quincy make this decision to use dynamic microphones?

Well here are some reasons why you should consider using a dynamic mic over a condenser

Condenser mics are renowned for their sensitivity in the high end, but

when recording certain types of vocals, these sounds can become quite harsh and somewhat piercing.

Whether you’re experiencing this problem with your own condenser mic, or you want to avoid this issue altogether, a dynamic mic might give you a smoother sound in the high-end.

While you may lack the extreme amounts of detail that you’ll get from a condenser mic, you may find that the sound works well on certain vocalist in specific harder genres such as hardcore and metal.

Dynamic microphones are renowned for their reliability and ruggedness.

They need no batteries or external power supplies, and typically cost a fraction of what a condenser does. They’re capable of smooth, extended response, and the output level is typically high enough to work straight into most mic inputs with an ideal signal-to-noise ratio.

A dynamic mic needs little to no maintenance, and with reasonable care will maintain its performance for many years.

Honestly, condenser microphones are great because they pick up everything in crisp, clear detail.

However, that’s also the problem.

They do pick up everything, which means your vocals can become incredibly muddy when recording, especially if the mic picks up a lot of bleed from other instruments.

This isn’t a problem with dynamic mics.

Since dynamic mics are typically less sensitive than condenser mics, it’s far better at recording just your vocal sounds, rather than everything else in the room or auditorium.

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