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Studio Microphone Overview, Info and Prices - WIKI

A studio microphone is a professional microphone used for pro recording and recording studios. It is much more sensitive and has a natural sound compared to normal PC microphones.

Microphone types

There are different types of studio microphones

USB microphone
Studio microphone
Condenser Microphone
Ribbon Microphone
Dynamic Microphone
Pencil Microphone
etc.

But these don't have to be any different. For example the C01U from Samson

Samson C01U
89.95
€59,95
Samson TS:KRC01USBPRO
USB Studio Condenser Microphone, Free Studio Recording Software

This is not just a condenser microphone, but also has USB, and it is professional sounding, so you could easily call it a studio microphone, or at least a home recording studio microphone.

Dynamic, Ribbon and Condenser

The basis technology that picks up the sound in the microphone can be split up in 3 major groups

Dynamic
Condenser
Ribbon

The dynamic microphone is mostly use as a live microphone, like a vocal mic. Or a microphone for presentation and live sound reinforcement. But it can also be used in a studio to capture guitar cabinets.

The condenser microphone is a much more sensitive microphone. It is sometimes used in live situations, and much more these days. But it is more expensive and it isn't as road worthy as a dynamic microphone.
Condenser microphones, and especially large condenser microphones are the best in capturing the full sound spectrum from low to high. They are used for almost anything. From vocals and recording singers, to drum overhead, acoustic guitar, percussion, piano etc.

The ribbon microphone is making a come back. The first ribbon microphones had a unique sound. They were considered great for recording vocals, and many other things. Until at some point the condenser microphone technology was simply better and cheaper. However this problem is now solved and manufacturers like Samson and sE Electronic have developed new ribbon mics with full range sound.

sE Electronics VOODOO VR1
689.00
€385,00
Samson VR88
329.95
€259,95
sE Electronics RNR1
1799.00
€1649,95
sE Electronics TS:QRVOODOOVR1
Full Range Ribbon Microphone
Samson TS:KRVR88A
Velocity Ribbon Top Recording Studio Microphone
sE Electronics RNR1
Rupert Neve Ribbon Microphone

In a studio the ribbon microphone is much more natural sounding. Mainly because it is less directional. So for situations were a more natural sound is required the ribbon microphones is gaining in popularity again.

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