Large Diaphragm Recording Microphones

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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
$14999
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CAD Equitek E40 Medium-Diaphragm Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

CAD Equitek E40 Medium-Diaphragm Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # CAE40 MFR # E40
Key Features
  • For Vocals, Instruments, Percussion, VO
  • High Sensitivity and Low Distortion
  • 0.62" Nickel-Plated Capsule
  • Supercardioid Polar Pattern
$7999
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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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Senal SC-550X Vocal Recording Kit with Interface, Reflection Filter, Stand, and Cable

B&H # SESC550XVRK
Key Features
  • Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • Selectable -10 dB Pad
  • Selectable Hi-Pass Filter at 80 Hz
  • Includes Shockmount, Pop Filter & Case
$19999
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Blue Yeti USB Microphone (Blackout)

B&H # BLPQ3CUSBMC MFR # 988-000100
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Streaming, ASMR and More
  • USB for Mac, Windows, and Mobile Devices
  • Cardioid for Solo, Figure-8 for 2 People
  • Omni for Room Capture, Stereo for ASMR
$9999
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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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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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RODE NT1 5th Generation Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser XLR/USB Microphone (Silver)

B&H # RONT1GEN5S MFR # NT1GEN5
Key Features
  • For Recording, Streaming, and Podcasting
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Ambient Noise
  • Analog XLR and Digital USB-C Connectors
  • 192 kHz / 32-Bit Float A to D Converter
$24900
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Blue Yeti USB Microphone (Midnight Blue)

B&H # BLYUSBMMB MFR # 988-000101
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Streaming, ASMR and More
  • USB for Mac, Windows, and Mobile Devices
  • Cardioid for Solo, Figure-8 for 2 People
  • Omni for Room Capture, Stereo for ASMR
$9999
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RODE NT1 5th Generation Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser XLR/USB Microphone (Black)

B&H # RONT1GEN5B MFR # NT1GEN5B
Key Features
  • For Recording, Streaming & Podcasting
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Ambient Noise
  • Analog XLR & Digital USB-C Connectors
  • 192 kHz / 32-Bit Float A to D Converter
$24900
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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
$10049
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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 Signature Series Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Black)

B&H # RONT1SB MFR # NT1SIGNATUREBLACK
Key Features
  • For Recording and Podcasting
  • HF6 1" True Condenser Capsule
  • Silky, Warm Sound Character
  • Extremely Low Noise of 4 dBA
$15900
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Lewitt RAY Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone with Distance Sensing Mute

B&H # LERAY MFR # RAY
Key Features
  • Podcasting, Streaming & Content Creation
  • AURA Tech Auto-Adapts Level and Tone
  • Customizable Mute by Distance Function
  • Dedicated Mute and Button Lock
$34900
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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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Senal UB-440 Professional USB Microphone

B&H # SEUB440 MFR # UB-440
Key Features
  • Cardioid Condenser Element
  • 16-Bit/48 kHz Recording Resolution
  • Integrated Preamp with Variable Gain
  • Headphone Monitor Out with Gain Control
$9999
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Blue Yeti USB Microphone (Silver)

B&H # BLYETIQ MFR # 988-000103
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Streaming, ASMR and More
  • USB for Mac, Windows, and Mobile Devices
  • Cardioid for Solo, Figure-8 for 2 People
  • Omni for Room Capture, Stereo for ASMR
$9999
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Audio-Technica AT2020USB-X Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

B&H # AUAT2020USBX MFR # AT2020USB-X
Key Features
  • Podcasters, Vocalists, Streamers
  • Directional Cardioid Pickup Pattern
  • 24-Bit / 96 kHz High Resolution Audio
  • Plug-and-Play USB Type-C Operation
$12900
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Sennheiser Profile USB Condenser Microphone Streaming Set with Boom Arm

B&H # SE700100 MFR # 700100
Key Features
  • USB Mic with Accessories for Streaming
  • Cardioid Pickup Pattern
  • Adjustable Tilt Function, Locking Joint
  • Mute Button with LED Ring
$19900
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RODE NT1 5th Generation Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser XLR/USB Microphone Kit

B&H # RONT1GEN5BK
Key Features
  • For Recording, Streaming & Podcasting
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Ambient Noise
  • Analog XLR & Digital USB-C Connectors
  • 192 kHz / 32-Bit Float A to D Converter
$29977
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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
$4698
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Samson Meteor Mic USB Studio Condenser Microphone (Titanium Black)

B&H # SAMTRTITNMBK MFR # SAMTR-TITANIUM BLACK
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Streaming & Singing
  • Works with Computers
  • Built-In Foldback Legs
  • 3.5mm Headphone Jack
$2999
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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
$3967
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Blue Snowball iCE USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (White)

B&H # BLSBI MFR # 988-000070
Key Features
  • For Podcasting, Streaming & VoIP
  • Clear & Present Sound
  • For Computers & iOS Devices
  • Cardioid Capsule Minimizes Room Pickup
$3999
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CAD E100Sx Large-Diaphragm Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # CAE100SX MFR # E100SX
Key Features
  • Use for Vocals, Percussion & Instruments
  • 1" Nickel-Plated Capsule
  • Narrow Supercardioid Pickup Pattern
  • Includes Low-Profile Shockmount
$8494
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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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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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Lauten Audio Tom Mic Large-Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone

B&H # LALS508 MFR # LS-508
Key Features
  • World's First LDC for Toms
  • Highly Focused Supercardioid Capsule
  • Dual-Bias FET Circuitry
  • Maximum Impact on Rack and Floor Toms
$39800
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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.