The true condenser capsule of the P420 utilizes dual 1" gold-sputtered diaphragms tuned to yield a detailed sound with a gentle rise in high frequencies to enhance clarity. Plus, it is capable of handling SPLs up to 155 dB (-20 pad on) without audible distortion, so it'll have no problem taking on drums and guitar amps. A low-cut filter at 300 Hz can be engaged to help reduce rumble, wind noise, or even bass buildup from up-close miking. Thanks to its cardioid, figure-8, and omnidirectional polar patterns, the P420 is just as capable in front of a rapper producing tracks in a bedroom as it is surrounded by an ensemble in a studio. Use a separately available XLR cable to connect the P420 to an XLR mic input that can supply 48V phantom power.
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- Cardioid (center setting): This is a standard setting for recording and gives excellent results on all kinds of voices and a wide range of instruments. Remember to aim the microphone front at the sound source, because it is most sensitive to sounds arriving in front of it while picking up much less of sounds arriving from the sides or rear.
- Figure-8 (left-hand setting): The microphone will pick up sounds arriving in front and rear with equal sensitivity. Use this mode to mic up the side signal in M/S stereo recording or to record two sound sources (talkers, instruments) facing each other. It is also a good choice for cymbal overhead miking.
- Omnidirectional (right-hand setting): This is the preferred setting for "all around the mic" recording, high-quality ambience (audience sound) miking, or far-field recording in exceptionally good-sounding large or small recording rooms, etc.