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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.

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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