Large Diaphragm Recording Microphones

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RODE NT-USB Mini 2-Person Podcast Recording Kit

RODE NT-USB Mini 2-Person Podcast Recording Kit

B&H # RONTUSBMIN2R
Key Features
  • Designed for Podcasting and Streaming
  • Works with Computers and Tablets
  • 2 NT-USB Mini Mics & Color-Coding Set
  • 2 x Crane Arms (External Springs)
$22999
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RODE X XCM-50 Compact USB-C Condenser Microphone Kit with Broadcast Arm

RODE X XCM-50 Compact USB-C Condenser Microphone Kit with Broadcast Arm

B&H # ROXCM50PSA1K
Key Features
  • XCM-50 Compact USB-C Condenser Mic
  • Rode PSA1+ Pro Studio Boom Arm
  • Advanced DSP for Streaming & Gaming
  • Highly Detailed Voice Reproduction
$23630
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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
$24900
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AKG P220 Studio Vocal Recording Kit

B&H # AKP220BVRK
Key Features
  • P220 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Mic
  • Reflection Filter with Tripod Stand
  • Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones
  • Pop Filter, XLR Cable & Metal Carry Case
$24999
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Elgato Wave:3 Gaming and Podcasting Mic Kit

B&H # ELWAVE3K
Key Features
  • For Gaming, Podcasting & Recording
  • Detachable Desktop Stand
  • USB Type-C Port + 3.5mm Headphone Jack
  • Dual-Layer Steel Mesh Pop Filter
$24999
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Movo Photo MPB-DI 2-Person Smartphone Podcast Recording Bundle for Lightning Mobile Devices

B&H # MOMPBDI MFR # MPB-DI
Key Features
  • Record 2-Person Podcasts to Smartphone
  • For Apple iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
  • 2 x Cardioid Condenser Microphones
  • Audio Interface with Lightning Plug
$25995
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Sennheiser Profile USB Condenser Microphone Streaming Set with Headphones

B&H # SE700100K
Key Features
  • USB Mic with Accessories for Streaming
  • Cardioid Pickup Pattern
  • Adjustable Tilt Function, Locking Joint
  • Mute Button with LED Ring
$26308
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Warm Audio WA-47jr Large-Diaphragm FET Condenser Microphone (Nickel)

B&H # WA47JR MFR # WA-47JR
Key Features
  • For Studio Voice and Instrument Miking
  • Cardioid, Omni & Figure-8 Polar Patterns
  • K47-Style Capsule Reproduction
  • -10 dB Pad Prevents Distortion
$29900
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AKG P420 Studio Vocal Recording Kit

B&H # AKP420BVRK
Key Features
  • P420 Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Mic
  • Reflection Filter with Tripod Stand
  • Closed-Back Studio Monitor Headphones
  • Pop Filter, XLR Cable & Metal Carry Case
$29999
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Blue Baby Bottle SL Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # BLBBSLM MFR # BABY BOTTLE SL
Key Features
  • Warm 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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Apogee Electronics HypeMiC USB Cardioid Condenser Microphone with Built-In Analog Compressor

B&H # APHYPEMIC MFR # HYPE MIC
Key Features
  • Podcasting, Music, Voiceovers, and More
  • For Mac, Windows, and iOS Devices
  • Built-In Analog Compressor and Preamp
  • 3.5mm Headphone Output for Monitoring
$34900
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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 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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Audio-Technica AT4033a Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # AUAT4033A MFR # AT4033A
Key Features
  • For Vocals and Instruments
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Room Noise
  • -10 dB Pad Switch
  • 80 Hz High-Pass Filter Switch
$39900
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Lewitt LCT 441 FLEX Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone

B&H # LELCT441FLEX MFR # LCT-441-FLEX
Key Features
  • For Vocals, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Eight Polar Patterns
  • High Max SPL Handling
  • Works from the Front or Back
$39900
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Austrian Audio OC16 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # AUOC16SS MFR # OC16 STUDIO SET
Key Features
  • Open Acoustics Technology
  • Transparent & Natural Sound
  • Precise Cardioid Polar Pattern
  • For Vocals, Drums, Guitars, Pianos
$39900
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Audio-Technica AT4040 Vocal Recording Kit with Shure SRH240A Headphones, Reflection Filter & More

B&H # AUAT4040VRK
Key Features
  • AT 4040 Microphone
  • Shure SRH240A Headphones & Tripod Stand
  • Pop Filter, Reflection Filter & Cable
$39999
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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
$47900
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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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AKG C214 Studio Bundle Kit

B&H # AKC214K
Key Features
  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Cardioid Pattern Lowers Stage/Room Noise
  • Switchable Pad Prevents Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter Suppresses Bass Buildup
$49997
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Sony C-80 Unidirectional Studio Condenser Microphone

B&H # SOC80SCM MFR # C-80
Key Features
  • Powerful Vocals with Rich Midrange
  • Dual-Diaphragm Capsule
  • Unidirectional Polar Pattern
  • Handles up to 138 dB SPL
$49999
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Lauten Audio LS-208 Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone

B&H # LAUTLS208 MFR # LS-208
Key Features
  • For Vocals & Instruments, Studio & Stage
  • Cardioid Pattern Reduces Bleed and Noise
  • High-Pass Filter at 50 or 120 Hz
  • Low-Pass Filter at 8 or 10 kHz
$59800
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Shure KSM32/CG Large-Diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone (Charcoal Gray)

B&H # SHKSM32CG MFR # KSM32/CG
Key Features
  • For Voice, Instruments, Drums & Cabs
  • Cardioid Pattern Lessens Room Noise
  • Switchable -15 dB Pad Hinders Distortion
  • Low-Cut Filter at 80 or 115 Hz
$59900
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RODE NT1 Signature Series Microphone Studio Kit with Scarlett 2i2 Interface, Monitors & Accessories (Black)

B&H # RONT1SBBK
Key Features
  • For Recording Vocals and Instruments
  • HF6 1" True Condenser Capsule
  • Includes Scarlett 2i2 USB-C Interface
  • Includes Two JBL 305P MkII 5" Monitors
$66755
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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 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
$72900
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Warm Audio WA-14SP Large-Diaphragm Multipattern Condenser Microphone (Stereo Pair)

B&H # WA14SP MFR # WA-14SP
Key Features
  • For Vocals, Drums, Guitars, and Strings
  • Matched Pair for Stereo Recording
  • Cardioid, Omni & Figure-8 Polar Patterns
  • Switchable Pad at -10 or -20 dB
$74900
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Mojave Audio MA-301fet Condenser Microphone

B&H # MOMA301FET MFR # MA-301FET
Key Features
  • 3-Position Polar Pattern Switch
  • Omni, Cardioid & Figure Eight Patterns
  • Jensen Audio Transformer
  • 15 dB Pad Switch
$98910
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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.