A condenser microphone is often used for recording vocals because of the ability to capture a great sounding performance. However, do you need one for live performances? If you are planning on doing some live vocal performances in the near future, there are a few things that you need to know.
First off, let me explain how a condenser microphone works. The way it works is by the spring loaded capsule delivering consistent sound quality throughout the entire range of frequencies. The spring is specially designed to catch the stray high or low frequencies and prevent them from being clipped. Since the spring is specially designed to clip only those frequencies, you are able to control the overall volume of your vocals.
The next thing that you should be aware of is the polar pattern. Most microphones use a two-step polar pattern which allows them to capture the sound very cleanly. The condenser microphone has a polar pattern that has a lot more width compared to other microphones. This makes it easier for the microphone to capture the sound at various frequencies. When compared to microphones such as capsules, cardioid, omnidirectional and more, the polar pattern of the condenser microphone is the way to go.
However, there are some disadvantages associated with these polar patterns. First off, the width of the mic increases as the bandwidth gets bigger. In addition, these microphones are also prone to picking up other sounds besides the vocal. Another disadvantage is that they tend to pick up mid-range sounds quite well but not when it comes to a thin sound. In addition to this, cardioid microphones tend to capture a lot of sound fields with a single pass. They can then process all of the sounds coming through them, which can lead to a lot of unwanted interference.
In order to avoid all of these issues and have a clear band of sound, you should be looking at getting yourself a condenser capsule mic. The condenser capsules are capsules with an attached diaphragm attached to them. The diaphragm acts as a filter and cuts off all of the mid-range sounds from reaching the ears of the listener. By doing this, the sound that reaches your ears stays pure and crisp, allowing you to hear exactly where the singer is singing.
In order to get the best performance out of your microphone, you will want to get a mic that has a narrower response curve. A flat frequency response curve will result in a muffled and thin sounding instrument. On the other hand, a microphone that has a narrow response curve will produce a much clearer and cleaner signal. In addition, a condenser mic will allow for a more refined tonal balance for a cleaner sounding instrument.