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A Basic Guide to Understanding Dynamic Microphones

If you've ever been to a concert or seen someone perform live you'll see one thing that they always use, a black circular shaped microphone. This type of microphone is called a Dynamic microphone, which differs in many ways from the Condenser microphones often used in studio settings but still have their own advantages. Read along to better understand what these types of microphones are, how they work, and how they're used.

What is a Dynamic microphone and how does it work?

Dynamic microphones is a type of microphone that uses a magnetic coil and diaphragm to convert sound waves into electrical signals. When sound waves reach the microphone, they cause the diaphragm to vibrate. The diaphragm is attached to a coil that is surrounded by a magnet. As the diaphragm vibrates, the coil moves within the magnetic field, generating an electrical current. This electrical current is then sent to an amplifier or recording device, where it is processed into an audible sound.

Why use a Dynamic microphone?

Dynamic microphones are durable and versatile, making them ideal for live performances, podcasting, and other applications where they may be subjected to high sound pressure levels. They are also relatively immune to electrical interference, which makes them a popular choice for live events.

How is it Different from a Condenser microphone?

One may be familiar with the Condenser microphone, which is often seen in studios. Ultimately both microphones have their strengths and weaknesses and which one should be used depends on the situation. Dynamic microphones are ideal for live performances, podcasting, and other applications that require durability and immunity to electrical interference. Condenser microphones are better suited for recording studios, where high accuracy and sensitivity are more important.

Should you invest in a Dynamic microphone?

If your intention in music is for a variety of live sound performances, whether vocal performances or live commentating, a Dynamic microphone would provide one with the one efficiency to better cover volume and prevent technical issues.

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