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Recording Cardioid Condenser Microphones

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    MXL 5000 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $131.99
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    Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $615.12
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    Shure SM81 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $307.12
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    MXL Guitar Cube Pro
    Your Price $158.39
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    Manley Reference Cardioid Microphone
    Your Price $2,639.12
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    Sterling Audio Sterling ST6050 FET Studio Condenser Mic Ocean Way Edition
    Your Price $349.99 Was Price $599.99
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    Sterling Audio SP150 Microphone with Shockmount and Carry Case
    Your Price $52.79
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    MXL V250 Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $114.39
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    Shure KSM137/SL Cardioid Studio Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $263.12
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    Audix MB8455 MICROBOOM-84 With M1255B Microphone
    Your Price $615.12
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    Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Mic
    Your Price $483.12
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    Shure MX202P MicroFlex Overhead Condenser Mic with Plate-Mount Preamp
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    Rode VideoMicro Compact Directional On-Camera Microphone
    Your Price $51.92
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    Shure KSM42 Cardioid Condenser Mic
    Your Price $703.12
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    Peluso Microphone Lab P-87 Solid State Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $874.72
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    BLUE Mouse Microphone
    Your Price $1,099.99
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    Audio-Technica U853PMW Cardioid Condenser Hanging Microphone
    Your Price $80.99
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    Audio-Technica AT2021 Small-diaphragm Cardioid Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $78.32
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    Audix M1255B Miniaturized Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $359.92
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    Audix ADX60 Boundary Microphone
    Your Price $192.72
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    Audio-Technica U853PM UniPoint Cardioid Condenser Hanging Microphone
    Your Price $80.99
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    MXL 603S Pencil Instrument Microphone
    Your Price $87.99
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    Soyuz Microphones 013 FET-M Matched Pair Small Diaphragm FET Microphones (cardioid capsule, 10dB pad)
    Your Price $1,055.12
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    Beyerdynamic TG I53c Instrument Condenser Mic
    Your Price $131.99
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    MXL 700 Condenser Microphone in Vintage Style Body
    Your Price $139.99
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    Rode NT55 Matched Pair Condenser Microphones
    Your Price $729.52
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    Audio-Technica AT4047 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $615.12
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    Nady CBM 40X Boundary Microphone
    Your Price $61.59
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    Audio-Technica U851R Boundary Mic
    Your Price $192.72
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    Shure Beta 87C Cardioid Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $219.12
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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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