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Rode NT1-A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Single)

Rode NT1-A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone (Single)

B&H # RONT1ACRS MFR # NT1-A

Key Features

  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 1" Diaphragm
  • Transformerless Output Stage
  • 48V Phantom Power
$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
$14999
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Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone

B&H # AUAT2020USBP MFR # AT2020USB+

Key Features

  • For Streaming, VoIP, Music & More
  • Works on Computers and Tablets
  • 3.5mm Jack with Low-Latency Monitoring
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
$14900
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Polsen PR-65 Large-Diaphragm Mic Portable Podcasting Kit

B&H # POPCR65RB

Key Features

  • Side-Address Cardioid Condenser Mic
  • XLR-to-USB Audio Interface
  • Closed-Back Studio Headphones
  • 10' XLR Microphone Cable
$9999
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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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Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # AUAT2035 MFR # AT2035

Key Features

  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 80 Hz High-Pass Filter
  • -10 dB Pad Switch
  • Shockmount and Protective Pouch
$14900
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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # AUAT2020 MFR # AT2020

Key Features

  • Side-Address Studio Condenser
  • Cardioid Pattern Rejects Off-Axis Sound
  • Superior Transient Response
  • 144 dB SPL Handling
$9900
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Rode NT-1 KIT 1" Cardioid Condenser Microphone with SM6 Shockmount

B&H # RONT1KIT MFR # NT-1 KIT

Key Features

  • NT1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • SM6 Shockmount with Pop Filter
  • Rycote Shockmount Suspension in Mic
  • Microphone Dust Cover
$26900
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MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount and Carrying Case (Champaign)

B&H # MX990 MFR # 990

Key Features

  • Professional Condenser Microphone
  • 6-Micron, Gold-Sputtered Diaphragm
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • FET Preamp with Balanced Output
$6994
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Rode Complete Studio Kit with AI-1 Audio Interface, NT1 Microphone, SMR Shockmount, and Cables

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

Key Features

  • High-Speed USB Audio Interface
  • 24-Bit / 96 kHz
  • Premium Discrete Headphone Amplifier
  • Cardioid Condenser Microphone
$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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Blue Snowball iCE USB Condenser Microphone with Accessory Pack (Ice)

B&H # BLSBI MFR # 988-000070

Key Features

  • For Podcasting, Streaming & VoIP
  • Clear & Present Sound
  • For Computers & iOS Devices
  • Cardioid Capsule Minimizes Room Pickup
$4900
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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
$39999
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Rode NT2-A Studio Solution Package

B&H # RONT2ASSP MFR # NT2A PCK

Key Features

  • SM6 Shock Mount & Pop Filter
  • XLR Cable
  • Dust Cover
  • John Merchant Instructional DVD
$39900
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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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Audio-Technica AT2020 Studio Microphone Pack with ATH-M20x, Boom & XLR Cable

B&H # AUAT2020PK MFR # AT2020PK

Key Features

  • Includes AT2020 Microphone
  • Side-Address Studio Condenser
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 144 dB SPL Handling
$14900
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Audio-Technica AT2035 Studio Microphone Pack with ATH-M20x and Boom Arm

B&H # AUAT2035PK MFR # AT2035PK

Key Features

  • Includes AT2035 Cardioid Microphone
  • 80 Hz High-Pass Filter
  • 20 Hz to 20 kHz Frequency Response
  • 148 dB SPL Handling
$19900
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Neat Microphones Worker Bee Project Studio Solid State Condenser Microphone

B&H # NEMICWBCSSC MFR # MIC-WBCSSC

Key Features

  • For Guitar Amps, Brass, Live, and Drums
  • Warm Sound on Vocals and Guitar
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 24mm Medium Diaphragm Capsule
$8900
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MXL V67G Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Green with Gold Grill)

B&H # MXV67G MFR # V67G

Key Features

  • Large Gold-Sputtered Diaphragm
  • Cardioid Pickup Pattern
  • Distinctive Look
  • Standard XLR Connector
$9995
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Lewitt LCT-440-Pure Single-Pattern, Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

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

Key Features

  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • 3-Micron, Gold-Sputtered Mylar Diaphragm
  • Gold-Plated, 3-Pin XLR Connector
  • Includes Shockmount
$26900
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Audio-Technica AT4040 Studio Microphone

B&H # AUAT4040 MFR # AT4040

Key Features

  • DC Biased Condenser Design
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • Transformerless Circuitry
  • Surface Mount Electronics
$29900
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AKG C214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone

B&H # AKC214 MFR # 3185X00010

Key Features

  • Cardioid Pattern
  • 1-Inch Capsule
  • Switchable 20 dB Pad & Low-Cut Filter
  • 143 dB Dynamic Range
$39900
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Rode NT1 Complete Studio Kit with Reflection Filter and Headphones

B&H # RONT1AI1BRFK

Key Features

  • NT1 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
  • AI-1 USB Audio Interface
  • SMR Shockmount
  • SRH240A Around-Ear Stereo Headphones
$42995
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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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Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Limited Edition)

B&H # AUAT2020V MFR # AT2020V

Key Features

  • Side-Address Studio Condenser
  • Cardioid Pattern Rejects Off-Axis Sound
  • Superior Transient Response
  • 144 dB SPL Handling
$14900
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CAD Equitek E100S Supercardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # CAE100S MFR # E100S

Key Features

  • 1" Nickel-Plated Capsule
  • Supercardioid Pickup Pattern
  • Quadra-FET Front End
  • Proprietary Circuitry
$49900
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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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AKG P120 Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

B&H # AKP120B MFR # 3101H00400

Key Features

  • Cardioid Side-Address Microphone
  • 0.66" Gold-Sputtered Diaphragm
  • Switchable 20 dB Pad
  • Switchable Low-Cut Filter at 300 Hz
$9900
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AKG Project Studio P220 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Black)

B&H # AKP220B MFR # 3101H00420

Key Features

  • 1" True Condenser Capsule
  • Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • -20 dB Pad
  • Low-Cut Filter at 300 Hz
$14900
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Neumann TLM-102 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone (Studio Set, Nickel)

B&H # NETLM102STST MFR # 008656

Key Features

  • Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Microphone
  • Transformerless, up to 144 dB SPL
  • Integrated Pop Screen
  • Elastically Suspended Capsule
$79900
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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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