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Real World Gear: Dynamic & Condenser Microphones For Vocals

Key factors in terms of performance and options, plus a look at a range of recent models

Earthworks SR40V
Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Hypercardioid
Frequency Response: 30 Hz to 40 kHz
Sensitivity: 10 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: 139 dB
Dimensions: 7.25 x 1.95 in
Weight: 13.3 ounces
Of Note: High SPL handling (139 dB); low self-noise; capsule available for wireless transmitters
earthworksaudio.com


DPA d:facto 4018
Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 5 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: 160 dB
Dimensions: 8.1 x 2 in
Weight: 10.9 ounces
Of Note: Two versions available — Linear Vocal Microphone (4018VL) is very linear, while the Vocal Microphone (4018V) is linear but with a high-end boost
dpamicrophones.com


Shure KSM9
Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Supercardioid
(switchable)
Frequency Response: 50 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity: -51 dBV/Pa
Maximum SPL: 152 dB
Dimensions: 7.52 x 1.9 inches
Weight: 10.6 ounces
Of Note: Dual gold-layered, low-mass Mylar diaphragm; available as wireless handheld transmitter SKUs
shure.com


Audio-Technica Artist Elite AE5400
Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 10.0 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: 147 dB
Dimensions: 7 x 2 inches
Weight: 11.6 ounces
Of Note: Integral 80 Hz high-pass filter for switching from a flat frequency response to a low end roll-off
audio-technica.com


Electro-Voice RE410
Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 50 Hz – 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 4.0 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: 140 dB
Dimensions: 7.15 x 2 inches
Weight: 9.2 ounces
Of Note: Response is tailored to provide a slight amount of “air” in the 5 to 10 kHz range
electrovoice.com


Sennheiser e 965
Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Supercardioid
Frequency Response: 40 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 7 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: 142 dB
Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.9 inches
Weight: 14 ounces
Of Note: Switchable pick-up pattern; low-cut and pre-attenuation options; large diaphragm
sennheiserusa.com


Neumann KMS 105
Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 4.5 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: 150 dB
Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.2 inches
Weight: 10.6 ounces
Of Note: Electronic compensation used to control proximity effect; low self-noise; high-pass filter
neumannusa.com


Audix VX5
Type: Pre-Polarized Condenser
Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
Frequency Response: 40 Hz to 16.5 kHz
(+/-3 dB)
Sensitivity: 5 mV/Pa at 1 kHz
Maximum SPL: ≥140 dB (w/ -10 pad)
Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.8 inches
Weight: 8 ounces
Of Note: 14 mm gold vapor diaphragm; multi-stage pop filter; -10 dB pad and bass roll-off filter
audixusa.com


beyerdynamic TG V96
Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 4 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: 150 dB (@1K)
Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.8 inches
Weight: 11.6 ounces
Of Note: Specially shaped back plate electrodes help optimize diaphragm vibrations; 5-stage pop protection
north-america.beyerdynamic.com


Blue Microphones encore 300
Type: Condenser
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Frequency Response: 40 Hz to 20 kHz
Sensitivity: 11 mV/Pa
Maximum SPL: 146 dB
Dimensions: 7.9 x 2 inches
Weight: 13.44 ounces
Of Note: Handcrafted floating capsule design; reinforced chassis protects capsule while enhancing airflow
bluedesigns.com

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