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Recording Large Diaphragm Microphones

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    Neumann U 87 Ai Shockmount Set Z Microphone With Box
    Your Price $3,695.00
    or $154/month‡
    with 24 month financing*. Limited Time. Special Financing Offers (Open in new window)
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    Neumann TLM 102 Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $729.00
    or $31/month‡
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    Neumann TLM 103 Anniversary Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $1,495.00
    or $63/month‡
    with 24 month financing*. Limited Time. Special Financing Offers (Open in new window)
    Open Box:
    $1,315.60
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    Blue Baby Bottle SL Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $399.99
    Open Box:
    $351.99
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    AKG C414 XLII Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $999.00 Was Price $1,219.00
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    AKG C214 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $400.00 Was Price $445.00
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    MXL 990 Condenser Microphone With Shockmount
    Your Price $99.95 Was Price $149.95
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    Neumann TLM 49 Condenser Studio Microphone
    Your Price $1,695.00
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    Rode NT1-A Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone With SM6 Shockmount and Pop filter, XLR Cable and Dust Cover
    Your Price $229.00
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    AKG P220 Project Studio Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $150.00 Was Price $165.00
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    AKG C414 XLS Reference Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $999.00 Was Price $1,219.00
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    Audio-Technica AT2020 Large-Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $99.00
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    Warm Audio WA-47 Tube Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $949.00
    or $40/month‡
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    AKG C 414 XLS/ST Matched Pair
    Your Price $2,609.00
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    Rode NT-USB USB Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $169.00
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    Shure KSM32/SL Condenser Mic
    Your Price $519.00
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    Was Price $649.00
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    AKG P120 Project Studio Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $94.00 Was Price $109.00
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    Warm Audio WA-87 R2 Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $699.00
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    MXL V250 Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $199.99
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    Audio-Technica AT2035 Cardioid Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $149.00
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    Sterling Audio ST159 Multi-Pattern Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $299.99
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    Audio-Technica AT2020USB+ Side-Address Cardioid Condenser USB Microphone
    Your Price $129.00 Was Price $149.00
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    Rode NT2-A Studio Condenser Microphone Bundle
    Your Price $377.00
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    Sony C-100 Hi-Res Studio Vocal Microphone
    Your Price $1,299.00
    Open Box:
    $1,143.12
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    Audio-Technica AT4040 Large-Diaphragm Studio Condenser Mic
    Your Price $299.00 Was Price $349.00
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    AKG P420 Project Studio Condenser Microphone
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    Aston Microphones Origin Cardioid Condenser Microphone
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    Neumann U 47 FET Collector's Edition Microphone
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    Lewitt Audio Microphones LCT 441 FLEX
    Your Price $399.00
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    Sennheiser MK4 Large Diaphragm Studio Condenser Microphone
    Your Price $299.95
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No two microphones are created equal. There are lots of different styles and variations, and even mics that look similar can actually be very different. With that said, it's still possible to group them into broad categories like this selection of recording large-diaphragm microphones. As a rule of thumb, these mics are more sensitive than models with smaller diaphragms, since they have a bigger surface "listening" to the soundwaves. The larger capsule also helps to boost output voltage, which means a stronger signal with a better signal-to-noise ratio: good news for anyone recording a quieter instrument or ensemble, especially when miking from a distance.

For all their similarities, there are still a lot of differences between mics in this section. Some, like the AKG D112 MkII Professional Bass Drum Microphone, are designed with a frequency response and character tailored to a specific instrument. There are USB mics such as the BLUE Yeti Pro USB Microphone for podcasting and small home studios, and tube models like the MXL Genesis Studio Tube Condenser Microphone for recording artists who want the classic warmth that only tube-powered pro audio gear can manage. And of course, there are all kinds of vocal mics including some of the world's best manufacturers - check out the Neumann TLM 103 Condenser Microphone for an example.

To sum up recording large-diaphragm microphones in a nutshell: they're highly sensitive, put out a strong signal, and come in so many varieties that it's easy to find the perfect mic for virtually any recording situation. Even their quirks can be turned to your advantage - for instance, large-diaphragm mics usually show a strong proximity effect, which can be used to emphasize the lower frequencies for a deeper, more commanding sound. It all comes down to your own creativity and exploring everything your microphone is capable of... which, with these mics, is quite a lot!
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