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Recording Cardioid Condenser Microphones

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    MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount
    Your Price $99.99
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    Rode NT1-A Cardioid Condenser Microphone Bundle
    Your Price $229.00
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    $201.52
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    Shure SM81 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $349.00
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    Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $149.00
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    Audio-Technica AT2020 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $99.00 Was Price $119.00
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    AKG C214 Large Diaphragm Condenser Mic
    Your Price $399.00
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    MXL Guitar Cube Pro
    Your Price $149.99 Was Price $179.99
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    Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic
    Your Price $299.00
  9. Manley Reference Cardioid Microphone
    Your Price $2,999.00
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    $2,639.12
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    Blue Baby Bottle SL Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $399.99
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    Rode M5 Compact 1/2" Condenser Microphone - Matched Pair
    Your Price $199.00
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    Aston Microphones Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $299.99
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    MXL 3000 Mic Bundle
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    Shure SM27 Large Diaphragm Cond Mic with Shockmount and Bag
    Your Price $299.00
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    MXL V250 Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $69.99 Was Price $199.99
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    Blue Spark SL Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone Hammertone
    Your Price $139.99 Was Price $199.99
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    Shure Beta 181/C  Instrument Mic
    Your Price $499.00
    or $21/month*
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    Sterling Audio SL230MP Matched Pair, Medium Diaphragm Condenser Microphones with Shockmounts, Windscreens, and Carry Case
    Your Price $149.99
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    sE Electronics sE8 Small Diaphragm Microphone Stereo Pair
    Your Price $499.00
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    AKG P220 Project Studio Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $149.00
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    Warm Audio WA-84 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone Stereo Pair
    Your Price $749.00
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    Shure SM137 Condenser Instrument Microphone
    Your Price $179.00
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    AKG P120 Project Studio Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $99.00
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    Shure KSM137/SL STEREO Cardioid Condenser (Stereo Pair)
    Your Price $665.00
    or $28/month*
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  25. Audix MB8455 MICROBOOM-84 With M1255B Microphone
    Your Price $699.00
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    Audio-Technica U853R Cardioid Condenser Hanging Microphone
    Your Price $209.00
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    Rode NTK Microphone
    Your Price $529.00
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    Blue Spark SL Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $199.99
    Open Box:
    $175.99
  29. Audix MB5055 MICROBOOM-50 With M1255B Microphone
    Your Price $599.00
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    Sterling Audio ST155 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $199.99
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The polar pattern of a microphone is a way to describe the direction it "hears" - although some microphones pick up sound from every direction, most have a design that aims at a specific area. This way, background noise isn't picked up as much, and the resulting sound is clearer and more focused on the intended source. Of all the possible patterns, there's no doubt that cardioid is the most popular: this pattern listens to an apple-shaped space directly in front of the microphone, which makes it a fantastic choice for vocals, instrument miking... and, of course, the recording cardioid condenser microphones found here in this section.

Even in the recording booth, some stubborn background noises may stick around, and a cardioid mic helps eliminate those. Plus, this polar pattern really shines in live recording settings, where its rejection of sounds from behind gives it the ability to cancel out the audience so only the performer is heard. Most microphones in this category have a cylindrical shape like the MXL 990 Condenser Microphone with Shockmount or the Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone, but you'll find specialized exceptions such as the Audio-Technica PRO 45 Cardioid Condenser Hanging Mic, which is designed to be suspended from above for ensemble recording. Other specialties include tube mics like the MXL Genesis Studio Tube Condenser Microphone, and models designed especially for instrument recording, such as the Shure Beta 181/C Instrument Mic.

With so many styles and variations to choose from, one thing is for sure: getting the best results means finding the right mic to deliver them. So when you start browsing the selection of recording cardioid condenser microphones, it's definitely worth your while to think about where, what and how you'll be recording - those factors will make all the difference in determining which mics to consider. And once you have a good idea of what you need, narrowing down your options with the sidebar will help you pick out your ideal microphone in no time.
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