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Rode NT1-A Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

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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Polsen RM-800 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Black)

Polsen RM-800 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Black)

B&H # PORM800 MFR # RM-800

Key Features

  • For Vocals, Instruments & Podcasts
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern Reduces Ambience
  • Large 1.4" Gold-Plated Diaphragm
  • -10 dB Pad and High-Pass Filter
$10999
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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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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Limited-Edition Silver)

B&H # AUAT2020V MFR # AT2020V

Key Features

  • For Vocals, Speech, and Instruments
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • Operates on 48V Phantom Power
  • Shockmount Inhibits Vibration Noise
$9900
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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
$7999
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Rode NT-1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone with SMR Shockmount, Focusrite Interface & More

B&H # RONT1KITSRK

Key Features

  • NT1 Cardioid Condenser Mic
  • Warm Low-End & Smooth Treble Response
  • Shockmount & Dust Cover
  • Focusrite Scarlett Solo Audio Interface
$34999
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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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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 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
$9000
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Earthworks Icon Pro Cardioid Condenser XLR Microphone (Stainless Steel)

B&H # EAICONPRO MFR # ICON PRO

Key Features

  • For Streaming, Gaming, Podcasts & Radio
  • Cardioid Pattern Lowers Room Noise
  • Ultrafast Response for Precise Capture
  • Hand-Tuned for Rich Voice Tone
$49900
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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
$49999
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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
$34900
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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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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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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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Rode Complete Studio Kit with AI-1 Audio Interface, NT1 Microphone, SM6 Shockmount, and XLR Cable

B&H # RONT1AI1B MFR # NT1 + AI-1 INTERFACE BUNDLE

Key Features

  • Desktop 1x2 USB Type-C Audio Interface
  • Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Mic
  • Shockmount Inhibits Vibration Noise
  • Pop Filter Controls Vocal Plosives
$34900
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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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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
$69900
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Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Mono Set, Nickel)

B&H # NETLM103A MFR # 008508

Key Features

  • For Speech, Vocals, and Instruments
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Ambient Noise
  • Large-Diaphragm Condenser Capsule
  • Capsule Derived from U 87 Microphone
$1,39500
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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
$4900
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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
$7372
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AKG P220 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

B&H # AKP220B MFR # 3101H00420

Key Features

  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • XLR Output for Hookup to Mic Preamp
  • Operates on 48V Phantom Power
  • Shockmount Inhibits Vibration Noise
$13500
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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
$17900
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Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

B&H # NETLM103 MFR # 008430

Key Features

  • For Speech, Vocals, and Instruments
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Ambient Noise
  • Large-Diaphragm Condenser Capsule
  • Capsule Derived from U 87 Microphone
$1,09500
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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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Audio-Technica AT4050 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone

B&H # AUAT4050 MFR # AT4050

Key Features

  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums, and Cabs
  • Omni, Cardioid & Figure-8 Polar Patterns
  • Switchable -10 dB Pad Hinders Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Limits Bass Buildup
$69900
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Neumann TLM 103 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

B&H # NETLM103MT MFR # 008431

Key Features

  • For Speech, Vocals, and Instruments
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Ambient Noise
  • Large-Diaphragm Condenser Capsule
  • Capsule Derived from U 87 Microphone
$1,09500
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Blue Blackout Spark SL Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # BLBSSL MFR # BLACKOUT SPARK SL

Key Features

  • For Podcasts, Streaming, and Voiceovers
  • Cardioid Pattern Lessens Room Ambience
  • -20 dB Pad Eliminates Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Reduces Bass Buildup
$15999
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Audio-Technica AT2035PK Studio Condenser Microphone Pack with ATH-M20x Headphones and Cabled Boom Arm

B&H # AUAT2035PK MFR # AT2035PK

Key Features

  • AT2035 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mic
  • ATH-M20x Monitor Headphones
  • Desktop Boom Arm with XLR Cable
  • Cardioid Pattern Lessens Room Noise
$19900
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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
$37700
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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.

 

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