Large and Small Condenser Microphones
These are the most used microphones inside any studio, no way around it.
So how do the work, what differentiate a large diaphragm from a small diaphragm condenser microphone.
Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
The small diaphragm membrane of this mic is not only smaller but also tends to sound more realistic.
This means that no mater if you’re recording a vocal, a guitar, or a brass, the recorded sound wave tends to be more like the real sound.
So the small diaphragm microphone is used to capture and replicate as identically possible and sonically naturally all recorded sources.
Examples of small diaphragm condenser microphones, Neumann KM-86s, Schoeps MK4V, AKG C535.
Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones
These mics are the bread and butter inside studios.
Whether it’s a budget mic around $100 or the best $4000 bestseller mic, these products are bought for specific qualities.
The capacity of getting a recorded instrument or a vocal to sound like all other high success recordings you hear in the media.
Large diaphragm mics are very sensitive mics and can record quiet instruments and vocals making it easy for the mixing engineer to make them larger than life.
They tend to give more body to the recorded vocal, in particular in the mid-lows and low frequencies.
Examples of large diaphragm mics, Neumann TLM102, Rode K2, AKG C414, Lewitt 640, Austrian LDC, AT4050.