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Real World Gear: Condenser & Dynamic Microphones For Live Vocals

A round-up of recent microphones for live vocal applications, with different designs to suit different vocalists and styles.

By Craig Leerman July 25, 2019

Singer Kat Perkins performing with the EV RE520 condenser capsule on an RE3 wireless handheld.

DYNAMICS

Electro-Voice ND96
electrovoice.com

Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
Frequency Response: 30 Hz to 15 kHz
Sensitivity: 3.3 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: >140 dB
Dimensions: 6.7 x 2 inches
Weight: 11.4 ounces
Of Note: Selectable voice presence booster reduces certain low-mid frequency areas and emphasizes key upper-midrange vocal presence areas


Shure KSM8 Dualdyne
shure.com

Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 40 Hz to 16 kHz
Sensitivity: -51.5 dBV/Pa
Maximum SPL: N/A
Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.9 inches
Weight: 11.6 ounces
Of Note: Patented cartridge design with two ultra-thin diaphragms (one active and one passive) and inverted airflow system


Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE6100
audio-technica.com

Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Hypercardioid
Frequency Response: 60 Hz to 15 kHz
Sensitivity: 1.7 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: N/A
Dimensions: 6.97 x 1.9 inches
Weight: 10.9 ounces
Of Note: Back-cavity assembly “floats” inside the handle shell for more isolation from handling noise


Sennheiser e 945
sennheiserusa.com

Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
Frequency Response: 40 Hz to 18 kHz
Sensitivity: 2 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: N/A
Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.85 inches
Weight: 12.87 ounces
Of Note: Presence boost for improved intelligibility; shock-mounted capsule; supplied with carrying pouch and mic clamp


Telefunken M80
t-funk.com

Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
Frequency Response: 30 Hz to 18 kHz
Sensitivity: 1.4 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: 135 dB
Dimensions: 7.2 x 1.9 inches
Weight: 13.1 ounces
Of Note: Low mass; thin yet rugged capsule membrane; available in a range of finishes and custom colors


AKG D5
akg.com

Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Supercardioid
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 17 kHz
Sensitivity: 2.6 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: >160 dB (calculated)
Dimensions: 7.29 x 2 inches
Weight: 11.3 ounces
Of Note: Patented laminated Varimotion diaphragm helps foster a “crisp” sound that cuts through the mix


beyerdynamic TG V71G
north-america.beyerdynamic.com

Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Hypercardioid
Frequency Response: 35 Hz to 18 kHz
Sensitivity: 3.2 mV/Pa
Impedance: 420 ohms
Dimensions: 7.3 x 2.1 inches
Weight: 12.2 ounches
Of Note: Progressively damped capsule suspension for reduced handling noise; compensated proximity effect


Heil Sound PR35
heilsound.com

Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 40 Hz to 18 kHz
Sensitivity: 2.26 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: 140 dB
Dimensions: 7.7 x 2 inches
Weight: 9 ounces
Of Note: 1.5-inch shock-mounted humbucking voice coil helps ward off handling noise and electronic interference


CAD Audio D90
cadaudio.com

Type: Dynamic
Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
Frequency Response: 50 Hz to 16 kHz
Sensitivity: 2.8 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: >150 dB
Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.1 in
Weight: 18 ounces
Of Note: Trueflex diaphragm and PowerGap high-gauss neodymium magnets contribute to high yet articulate output


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About Craig

Craig Leerman
Craig Leerman

Senior Contributing Editor, ProSoundWeb & Live Sound International
 
Craig has worked in a wide range of roles in professional audio for more than 30 years in a dynamic career that encompasses touring, theater, live televised broadcast events and even concerts at the White House. Currently he owns and operates Tech Works, a regional production company that focuses on corporate events based in Reno.
http://techworksreno.com/

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