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Senal UC4-B USB Professional Multi-Pattern Microphone

Senal UC4-B USB Professional Multi-Pattern Microphone

B&H # SEUC4B MFR # UC4-B
Key Features
  • Four Selectable Polar Patterns
  • Stereo, Cardioid, Bidirectional & Omni
  • 16/24-Bit, 44.1 to 192 kHz Sample Rate
  • Connects Directly to Computer via USB
$12999
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RODE NT-USB Mini USB Microphone

RODE NT-USB Mini USB Microphone

B&H # RONTUSBMINI MFR # NT-USB MINI
Key Features
  • Designed for Podcasting and Streaming
  • Works with Computers and Tablets
  • 4 Mics at Once Max via Connect Software
  • Built-In Pop Filter & Isolation Stand
$9900
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Blue Yeti USB Microphone (Blackout)

B&H # BLPQ3CUSBMC MFR # 988-000100
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Streaming, ASMR & More
  • USB for Mac, Windows, and Mobile Devices
  • Cardioid for Solo, Figure-8 for 2 People
  • Omni for Room Capture, Stereo for ASMR
$12259
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Polsen RM-650 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Orange)

B&H # PORM650 MFR # RM-650
Key Features
  • For Studio Recording/Broadcast/Podcasts
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Large 1" Gold-Plated Diaphragm
  • Wide Frequency Response
$6999
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Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone (Dark Gray)

B&H # AUAT2020USBP MFR # AT2020USB+
Key Features
  • For Streaming, VoIP, Music & More
  • Works on Computers and Tablets
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Includes Tripod Desk Stand
$6899
Reg. $149.00
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RODE NT-USB Desktop USB Microphone

B&H # RORODNTUSB MFR # RODNTUSB
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Voice-Overs & Music
  • Works with Computers & iOS Devices
  • Included Pop Filter Minimizes Plosives
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
$14200
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RODE NT1-KIT Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # RONT1KIT MFR # NT-1 KIT
Key Features
  • For Vocals, Instruments & Live Stage
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Ambient Noise
  • Ultralow Self-Noise of 4.5 dBA
  • Internally Shock-Mounted Capsule
$26900
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RODE NT-USB+ Professional USB Microphone

B&H # RONTUSB MFR # NT-USB+
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Voice-Overs & Music
  • For Computers, Smartphones & Tablets
  • Built-In High-Gain Revolution Preamp
  • 24-Bit / 48 kHz Broadcast-Quality Audio
$16900
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RODE NT1-A Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # RONT1ACRS MFR # NT1-A
Key Features
  • For Vocals, Podcasts, and Instruments
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Ambient Noise
  • Ultralow Self-Noise of 5 dBA
  • Internally Shock-Mounted Capsule
$19900
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RODE NT-USB Mini USB Microphone Kit with Broadcast Arm and Closed-Back Headphones

B&H # RONTUSBMINIB
Key Features
  • Great for Podcasting, Streaming & VO
  • USB Microphone
  • Desktop Boom Arm
  • Closed-Back Headphones
$10999
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Audio-Technica Recording Kit with ATH-M50x Headphones and AT2020USB+ USB Microphone

B&H # AUATHM50XBUK
Key Features
  • For Pro-Level Tracking/Mixing and DJing
  • 45mm Neodymium Dynamic Drivers
  • 15 Hz to 28 kHz Frequency Response
  • Tuned for Clarity & Deep Accurate Bass
$18599
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Earthworks ETHOS Broadcast Condenser Microphone (Stainless Steel)

B&H # EAETHOS MFR # ETHOS
Key Features
  • Voiceover, Podcast, Broadcast, Narration
  • Supercardioid Pattern Lowers Room Noise
  • Condenser Capsule with Extended High End
  • Custom Connector for Boom/Stand Mounting
$39900
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Blue Snowball iCE USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Black)

B&H # BLSBUSBMSIB MFR # 988-000067
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Streaming & VoIP
  • Clear & Present Sound
  • For Computers & iOS Devices
  • Cardioid Capsule Minimizes Room Pickup
$4999
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Blue Yeti USB Microphone (Midnight Blue)

B&H # BLYUSBMMB MFR # 988-000101
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Streaming, ASMR & More
  • USB for Mac, Windows, and Mobile Devices
  • Cardioid for Solo, Figure-8 for 2 People
  • Omni for Room Capture, Stereo for ASMR
$12259
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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

B&H # AUAT2020 MFR # AT2020
Key Features
  • For Vocals, Speech, and Instruments
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • Operates on 48V Phantom Power
  • Pivoting Stand Mount
$9900
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AKG P120 Desktop Vocal Recording Kit

B&H # AKP120BVRK
Key Features
  • P120 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • Isolation Filter with Tabletop Stand
  • Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones
  • Pop Filter and XLR Cable
$19999
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Blue Yeti Nano Multi-Pattern USB Condenser Microphone (Blackout)

B&H # BLYNMPUCMBO MFR # 988-000400
Key Features
  • For Content Creators, Podcasts & VO
  • Works with Mac, Windows & iOS Tablets
  • Cardioid & Omni Polar Patterns
  • Included VO!CE Vocal FX
$9999
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Elgato Wave:3 USB Microphone (Black)

B&H # ELWAVE3 MFR # 10MAB9901
Key Features
  • For Gaming, Podcasting & Recording
  • Detachable Desktop Stand
  • USB Type-C Port + 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Computer Audio Return via USB
$14999
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Blue Yeti USB Microphone (Silver)

B&H # BLYETIQ MFR # 988-000103
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Streaming, ASMR & More
  • USB for Mac, Windows, and Mobile Devices
  • Cardioid for Solo, Figure-8 for 2 People
  • Omni for Room Capture, Stereo for ASMR
$10001
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Blue Yeti X USB Microphone (Dark Gray)

B&H # BLYXUSBM MFR # 988-000105
Key Features
  • For Online Content Creators
  • Works on Mac and Windows Computers
  • Built-In Customizable LED Lighting
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack Built-In
$15759
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Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # AUAT2035 MFR # AT2035
Key Features
  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Cardioid Pattern Lessens Room Noise
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad Hinders Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Limits Bass Buildup
$14900
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Blue Yeticaster Professional Broadcast Bundle (Blackout)

B&H # BLYETICASTER MFR # 988-000107
Key Features
  • For Broadcast-Quality Podcasting & More
  • USB for Mac, Windows & Mobile Devices
  • Cardioid for Solo, Figure-8 for 2 People
  • Omni for Room Capture, Stereo for ASMR
$16325
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HyperX SoloCast USB Condenser Microphone

B&H # HY4P5P8AA MFR # 4P5P8AA
Key Features
  • For Streaming, Podcasts & Conferencing
  • Works with Computers & Game Consoles
  • Quality 24-Bit / 96 kHz Digital Audio
  • Cardioid Pickup Pattern
$5047
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Blue Snowball USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Brushed Aluminum)

B&H # BLSBBAL MFR # 988-000068
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Streaming & VoIP
  • Clear & Present Sound
  • For Computers & iOS Devices
  • Cardioid Capsule Minimizes Room Pickup
$6999
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MXL 990 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Champagne)

B&H # MX990 MFR # 990
Key Features
  • For Voice, Acoustic Instruments & Cabs
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • 48V Phantom Powered
  • Shockmount and Stand Adapter
$9995
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RODE NT1A Complete Vocal Recording Kit with Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 USB Interface, Headphones & More

B&H # RONT1ACRSVRK
Key Features
  • Includes Rode NT1-A Microphone
  • Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser
  • Low Self Noise
  • Includes Focusrite Scarlett 2i2
$54999
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Samson G-Track Pro USB Microphone with Built-In Audio Interface (Silver)

B&H # SAGM1UPROSE MFR # SAGM1UPROSE
Key Features
  • For Recording Vocals & Instruments
  • For Mac & Windows Computers
  • Interface with 1/4" Instrument Input
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
$7999
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Zoom ZUM-2 Podcast Mic Pack with ZUM-2 Mic, Headphones, Desktop Stand, Cable & Windscreen

B&H # ZOZUM2PMP MFR # ZUM2PMP
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Streaming & More
  • Records to PC & Mac Computers
  • Mic, Headphones, Desktop Stand & More
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack & Volume Dial
$12999
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HyperX QuadCast USB Condenser Microphone

B&H # HY4P5P6AA MFR # 4P5P6AA
Key Features
  • For Streaming, Podcasts & Conferencing
  • Works with Computers & Game Consoles
  • Cardioid and Stereo Patterns
  • Figure-8 and Omnidirectional Patterns
$13999
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HyperX QuadCast S USB Condenser Microphone

B&H # HY4P5P7AA MFR # 4P5P7AA
Key Features
  • For Streaming, Podcasts & Conferencing
  • Works with Computers & Game Consoles
  • Cardioid and Stereo Patterns
  • Figure-8 and Omnidirectional Patterns
$14999
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Learning About Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

Large diaphragm condenser microphones (LDMs) are the tools of choice for recording-studio engineers seeking to capture a deep, rich sound with superior frequency and transient responses. Generally, recording studio microphones are considered large if their diaphragm (the vibrating membrane that captures audio) is one inch in diameter or more. However, some manufacturers refer to the general size of the whole unit when classifying microphones by size. Like all condenser microphones, LDMs require a power source.


Benefits of Diaphragm Condenser Microphones

Thanks to their greater surface, larger diaphragms capture more audio than their smaller counterparts, and thus offer superior noise performance. In fact, large diaphragm models were once the norm, as their efficient sound capture effectively compensated for the interference emitted by old-style amplifiers. In high-end models, self-noise can be as low as 7 dB-A, around half of that of typical small-membraned units. Another plus for larger units is that vocalists and instrumental soloists prefer their rich and vibrant sound. However, small diaphragm condenser microphones offer superior transient, accuracy, and frequency responses. In addition, their consistency makes them the mic of choice for engineers seeking to capture the sound of orchestras and choirs.


Microphone Types

Studio condenser microphones come in two main types: small and large diaphragm. The most obvious difference between large and small types is that LDMs are bulky and side addressed, while small diaphragm condenser microphones tend to be slender in form with the capsule at the top of the tube. The most popular type is the cardioid condenser microphone, named after its heart-shaped pickup area. It captures sound from the front and sides, but not from the rear, which reduces ambient noise.

You can choose from several types of large diaphragm condenser mics and studio mic sets, including tube/valve microphones. These mics feature nine polar patterns, including cardioid, to deliver outstanding audio quality from all kinds of sources. You can also go for USB condenser microphones, which connect to laptops, tablets, and other computerized devices. Other options include dynamic recording microphones. Compared to condenser microphones, these are much tougher and more durable, which makes them ideal for use in live performances. The formerly popular bidirectional ribbon recording microphones are now making a comeback because of their ability to capture warm, natural sound.


Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Accessories

Reflection filters help minimize the ambient noise that can contaminate your audio recordings. These often come as parts of large diaphragm condenser microphone kits, and you can buy them separately. Other components often included in kits are shock mounts to reduce vibration, and pop filters that you position in front of the mic to remove plosives from speech and vocals.