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Rode NT1-A Large-Diaphragm Studio Vocal Microphone Kit with Reflection Filter

Rode NT1-A Large-Diaphragm Studio Vocal Microphone Kit with Reflection Filter

B&H # RONT1ACRSRFK

Key Features

  • Rode NT1-A Condenser Microphone
  • Adjustable Reflection Filter
  • Tripod Microphone Stand
  • Clamp-On Headphone Holder
$34995
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Senal SCM-660 Large-Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

Senal SCM-660 Large-Diaphragm Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone

B&H # SESCM660 MFR # SCM-660

Key Features

  • Dual 1.3" True Condenser Capsule
  • Gold-Plated Diaphragm
  • 3 Selectable Polar Patterns
  • Selectable -10 dB Pad
$19999
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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
$22900
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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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Senal SC-550X Professional Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # SESC550X MFR # SC-550X

Key Features

  • Condenser Element
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Selectable -10 dB Pad
  • Selectable Hi-Pass Filter at 80 Hz
$9999
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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
$57796
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AKG C214 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # AKC214 MFR # 3185X00010

Key Features

  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Cardioid Pattern Lowers Stage/Room Noise
  • Switchable Pad Prevents Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Suppresses Bass Buildup
$41900
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Audio-Technica AT2020 Podcasting Microphone Pack with ATH-M20x Headphones, Boom & XLR Cable

B&H # AUAT2020PK MFR # AT2020PK

Key Features

  • For Podcasts, Live Streams & Radio Shows
  • AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • Studio Boom Arm with Internal XLR Cable
  • ATH-M20x Closed-Back Headphones
$14900
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Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # AUAT4040 MFR # AT4040

Key Features

  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Cardioid Pattern Lessens Room Noise
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad Hinders Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Limits Bass Buildup
$29900
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Rode NT1-A Vocal Recording Kit with Audio Interface, Headphones & Mic Stand

B&H # RONT1ACRSABK

Key Features

  • NT1-A Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • Transformerless Output Stage
  • 2-Channel USB Audio Interface
  • Up to 24-Bit/96 kHz Resolution
$34898
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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
$7495
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Lewitt LCT 440 PURE Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # LELCT440PURE MFR # LCT-440-PURE

Key Features

  • For Vocals, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern Tempers Ambience
  • High Max SPL Handling
  • Natural Treble Enhancement
$26900
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AKG P420 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone (Black)

B&H # AKP420B MFR # 3101H00430

Key Features

  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Three Polar Patterns for Versatility
  • -20 dB Pad Impedes Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Suppresses Bass Buildup
$20900
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Rode NT2-A Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone

B&H # RONT2ASSP MFR # NT2A PCK

Key Features

  • For Vocals and Instruments
  • Cardioid, Omni & Figure-8 Polar Patterns
  • Pad Switch at -5 or -10 dB
  • High-Pass Filter at 40 or 80 Hz
$39900
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Marantz Professional MPM-1000 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # MAMPM1000 MFR # MPM-1000

Key Features

  • For Voice and Acoustic Instruments
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • Runs on 9 to 48V Phantom Power
  • Shockmount Inhibits Vibration Noise
$5900
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MXL V67G Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Green with Gold Grille)

B&H # MXV67G MFR # V67G

Key Features

  • Designed for Vocals
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • 48V Phantom Powered
  • Includes Stand Adapter
$7630
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AKG P120 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

B&H # AKP120B MFR # 3101H00400

Key Features

  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • Operates on 48V Phantom Power
  • Includes Mic Stand Adapter
$10500
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Rode NT1-A Complete Recording Kit with Interface, Headphones & More

B&H # RONT1ACRSVIK

Key Features

  • NT1-A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mic
  • Focusrite Scarlett Solo 2x2 Interface
  • Audio Technica Headphones & Tripod Stand
  • Reflection Filter & Headphone Clamp
$54999
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Neat Microphones Worker Bee Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # NEMICWBCSSC MFR # MIC-WBCSSC

Key Features

  • For Vocals, Amps, Guitar, Brass & Drums
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • Runs on 35 to 48 VDC Phantom Power
  • Includes Shockmount and Pop Filter
$8799
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Audio-Technica AT2050 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone

B&H # AUAT2050 MFR # AT2050

Key Features

  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Omni, Cardioid & Figure-8 Polar Patterns
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad Hinders Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Limits Bass Buildup
$22900
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Bluebird SL Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # BLBSLM MFR # BLUEBIRD SL

Key Features

  • Clear Tone for Vocals and Instruments
  • Cardioid Pattern Lessens Room Ambience
  • -20 dB Pad Eliminates Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Reduces Bass Buildup
$29999
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Tascam TM-80 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # TATM80 MFR # TM-80

Key Features

  • For Voice, Acoustic Instruments & Cabs
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • Runs on 9 to 48V Phantom Power
  • Shockmount Inhibits Vibration Noise
$4999
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Neewer NW-700 Pro Condenser Microphone and Monitor Headphones 7-in-1 Kit

B&H # NE90092378 MFR # 90092378

Key Features

  • For Podcasting, Content Creation & More
  • Cardioid to Minimize Room Pickup
  • XLR Condenser Mic & Phantom Power Supply
  • Included Shockmount & XLR Cable
$6369
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Antelope Edge Solo Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Modeling Microphone

B&H # ANESMM MFR # EDGE SOLO

Key Features

  • For Voice and Instrument Applications
  • Cardioid Pattern Lessens Room Noise
  • 18 Virtual Mic Emulations
  • Models of Coveted Dynamics & Condensers
$39500
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Warm Audio WA-87 R2 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

B&H # WA87R2N MFR # WA-87 R2

Key Features

  • Multipurpose for Voice and Instruments
  • Cardioid, Omnidirectional, and Figure-8
  • -10 dB Pad
  • 80 Hz High-Pass Filter
$59900
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Neumann TLM 102 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

B&H # NETLM102N MFR # 008626

Key Features

  • For Vocal and Instrumental Recordings
  • Cardioid Pattern Lowers Background Noise
  • Handles up to 144 dB SPL Distortion-Free
  • 8 to 12 kHz Treble Boost for Brilliance
$69900
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Neumann TLM 102 BK Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

B&H # NETLM102MB MFR # 008627

Key Features

  • For Vocal and Instrumental Recordings
  • Cardioid Pattern Lowers Background Noise
  • Handles up to 144 dB SPL Distortion-Free
  • 8 to 12 kHz Treble Boost for Brilliance
$69900
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Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

B&H # NETLM103 MFR # 008430

Key Features

  • For Speech, Vocals & General Instrument
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Transformerless, High SPL Capability
  • Low Self-Noise of 7 dB-A
$1,09500
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Polsen PCR-65 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # POPCR65 MFR # PCR-65

Key Features

  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Pressure-Gradient Design
  • Side-Address
  • 1" Diaphragm
$5995
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Mackie EM-91C EleMent Series Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

B&H # MAEM91C MFR # EM-91C

Key Features

  • For Studio-Based Vocals and Instruments
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern Reduces Ambience
  • Large-Diaphragm Condenser Capsule
  • Phantom Powered
$5999
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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, 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.

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