Buying guide for cardioid condenser microphone

Buying guide for cardioid condenser microphone

We all know that if you are recording or broadcasting at home, a cardioid condenser

microphone is essential, which is standard as a podcast. But now the question is coming. As

a novice podcast, how do we choose a cardioid condenser microphone? What do we need to

know about microphones? Below I will share some knowledge about the microphone about

the above questions, I hope it can useful for you.


First of all, let me talk about the knowledge of the polar pattern. If you are a podcast or a

worker who will use the usb-c microphone, then you will have heard or understood that the

microphone has both omnidirectional and unidirectional.

The working principle of directivity:

Microphone directivity is a description of the microphone's sound inspiration mode from all

directions in space, and is an important attribute of the microphone. Many times, the first

consideration of the choice of the microphone is its directivity, followed by other properties of

the microphone. In addition to omnidirectional microphones, other directivity is based on

multi-diaphragm technology. The microphone obtains sensitivity to sound in different

directions by transforming the cavity settings of the microphone and mixing and modulating

the sound signals received by the multi-mode film. Most microphones are single-directional,

but some have the ability to switch their directivity.



Omnidirectional has the same sensitivity for sounds from different angles. The microphone

head is designed with the principle of Pressure-operated, and the diaphragm only accepts

pressure from the outside. However, since this omnidirectional condenser microphone usb

has the same pickup effect in each direction, generally such a microphone is applied to a

conference venue. For example, this product: AU-903 has a omnidirectional pickup function,

which is generally suitable for conferences.



Unidirectionality microphones are primarily designed using the principle of Pressure

Gradient. Through the small hole behind the microphone cavity, the diaphragm receives the

pressure on both sides. Therefore, the diaphragm is not subjected to different pressures in

different directions, and the condenser microphone usb has directivity. The single-directional

microphones mainly have the following categories:



Cardioid has the best sound for sound from the front of the microphone, while sound from

other directions is attenuated. For example, the maono brand AU-902 is a typical cardioid

condenser microphone, which is very good for the front radio, especially suitable for indoor

live games.



Compared to cardioid pointing, the hyper-cardioid offsets more of the sound from the side of

the microphone. This microphone is more used for multi-track recording of indoor music,

which can reduce the sound of other nearby instruments. It is also often used in live sound

reinforcement, which reduces the risk of many recycled sounds.


We learned about the directivity of the condenser microphone USB. Let's take a look at the

microphone classification. We all know that microphones can be divided into different types

according to different purposes and functions. Below I mainly talk about condenser



The working principle of condenser microphone:

The humming principle of a condenser microphone is to use a very thin gold-plated film,

which is a pole of the capacitor, separated by a few tenths of a millimeter, and has another

fixed electrode, thus forming a capacitor of several P-farads, which is caused by the vibration

of the film. The capacitance of the capacitor changes to form an electrical signal. Since this

capacitor has only a few P-farads, its internal resistance is extremely high, reaching the level

of G . So a circuit is needed to convert this G impedance into a common impedance of

about 600 .


This circuit, also called a "preamplifier circuit", is usually integrated inside the condenser

microphone and requires "phantom power" to power the circuit. It is the existence of this pre-

amplification circuit, so the condenser microphone must be powered by phantom power to

work properly. The condenser microphone + phantom power is generally very sensitive,

much more sensitive than the commonly used dynamic microphone.


Condenser microphone features:

Unlike the dynamic microphone, the sensitivity of the usb-c microphone is extremely high,

and the pickup effect is very good, which can capture every subtle sound. Therefore, this

type of condenser microphone is generally used in recording studios or home recording.


Through this article, I hope that you can easily understand some basic knowledge about the

microphone, so that you can choose the usb-c microphone that suits you when you choose a


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