Buyer's Guide

Handheld Condenser Microphones

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FOH Buyers Guide, July 2014 - Handheld Condenser MicrophonesDynamic microphones have pretty much been the standard in vocal performance mics for decades. However, if you’re looking for extended bandwidth and fast transient response in a handheld, a condenser mic is just the ticket. With that in mind, we present this look at some current condenser models. All models listed require phantom powering. No frequency response data is given; simply stating that a mic has a 20 Hz to 20 kHz spec is fairly meaningless, and many models include LF or upper mid presence boosts to add character or intelligibility, so a “flat” response is rarely desirable. Weight is often a factor, particularly when using a handheld mic over extended periods with certain vocalists. And MSRP list pricing is listed; microphones are often greatly discounted and “street” pricing can vary dramatically.

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