Mic check 1, 2! Soundsavers supply a huge selection of microphones for all budgets and purposes. Playing in a band? Doing a presentation? Want to go handsfree? What about wireless microphones? We have what you need with prices reduced all across our range. Confused by condensers? Dazed by dynamics? We have a team of experts at the ready to give you help and advice before, during and after your order. We’re sure you’ll feel satisfied with Soundsavers.
Microphones, using a technical term, are transducers; they take one type of energy (sound waves in the air) and convert it into another type of energy (an electrical signal). They achieve this by a variety of methods however by the far the two most common types on the market are dynamic microphones and condenser microphones. Dynamic microphones are the workhorse of the microphone world. Sound going into a dynamic microphone moves a diaphragm, in turn creating a signal in a coil by electromagnetic induction. They are relatively cheap to build, durable and suitable for many different purposes, in particular on stage.
Condenser microphones contain two thin metal plates with a voltage applied across them. Sound very subtly moves these plates, creating an electrical signal as the distance between them changes. Condenser microphones are very sensitive and produce high quality sound, making them particularly popular in recording studios. To work they require phantom power, a power supply sent down the audio lead itself, which is supplied by mixing desks or battery packs.
When someone says “microphone” most people will imagine a handheld microphone. Handheld microphones do what they say on the tin, making them useful for many different purposes, however they can also be used with a variety of accessories. They can also be mounted onto stands for use on stage or other surfaces such as a table for recording podcasts and providing commentaries at events. Headset microphones and lapel (Also known as clip on or lavaliere) microphones are attached around the users ears or to the front of their clothes. Microphones can also be used in wireless systems meaning the microphone is physically unattached to the PA system and increasing the user’s mobility. When mic’ing up vocals percussive “p” and “b” sounds can create noisy “pops” requiring the use of a pop shield. This can come in the form of a stretched piece of fabric placed in front of the microphone, as is often the case when making sound recordings, or a piece of foam placed over the microphone itself, convenient whilst being used on the stage or outside.
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