Microphones in Audio Studio

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Audio is a subjective field. Use your ears and good judgement to find out which mics you like for the different applications. The only thing that is not subjective is the fact that both ribbon and condenser microphones are more delicate and sensitive than dynamics, and thus easier to damage if treated carelessly or used to mic kick drums.

TESC SKU Image Brand/Model Pattern Usage Dynamic / Condenser Battery Type Connection More details
MAA Maa.png AKG D202E CARDIOID Designed to eliminate proximity effect, very flat frequency response.     D XLR 30HZ-15KHZ
MAB Mab.png AKG D224E CARDIOID Designed to handle high SPL, good midrange,

-20db rear attenuation at all freqs    

D XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MAE Mae.png AKG 460B CARDIOID Low self-noise. Equipped with low cut filters or 10db pad.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MAF Maf.png AKG D112 CARDIOID Used primarily on kick drums. Handles high SPL.     D XLR 20HZ-17KHZ
MAH Mah.png AKG C414 VARIOUS Large diaphragm condenser.

Used on instruments 

C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MAN Man.png ASTON

ORIGIN

CARDIOID Large diaphragm condenser. Used on instruments and vocals     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MAV Mav.png AUDIO

TECHNICA

4060

CARDIOID Vacuum tube condenser. Used on vocals, instruments and amps.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MBN Mbn.png NEUMANN

KM-84

CARDIOID Small diaphragm FET condenser. Used for drum overheads and on hi-hats     C 48V XLR 40HZ-16KHZ
MBO Mbo.png NEUMANN

U87

VARIOUS Used for vocals. has low cut, 10db pad, and omni, cardioid, and figure 8 pickup switches     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MPB Mbp.png NEUMANN

KM-83

OMIN The Omnidirectional equivalent of the km-84.     C 48V XLR 40HZ-16KHZ
MBQ Mpq.png NEUMANN

U47

(FET)

HYPER

CARDIOID

Large diaphragm FET condenser. Good for studio vocals.     C 48V XLR 40HZ-16KHZ
MCK Mck.png AVANTONE

CK-40

STEREO

VARIOUS

Stereo condenser with adjustable pickup patterns and swiveling capsule. Good for recording a room or in a figure 8 pattern.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MCNT Mcnt.png RODE NT4 STEREO

CARDIOID

Used for stereo recording of live performances, ensembles, etc     C

9V BAT

ONLY

XLR OR 1/8" 20HZ-20KHZ
MCP Mcp.png CROWN

PZM

HEMI-

SPHERICAL

Used for recording multiple voices in a conference or meeting setting.  PZM 48V OR 2X9V BAT XLR 50HZ-15KHZ

VARIES

MCS Mcs.png STUDIO

PROJECTS

C4

CARDIOID AND OMNI CAPSULES Small diaphragm condenser. Used for overhead or stereo recording of instruments or ensembles.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MED Med.png ELECTRO

VOICE (EV)

635A

OMNI

A live interview microphone designed to eliminate plosives and other proximity effects.

D XLR 80HZ-13KHZ
MEG Meg.png EV RE-16 SUPERCARDIOID

Excellent for podium use where high intelligibility is important. 

D XLR 80HZ-15KHZ
MEJ Mej.png EV RE-15 SUPERCARDIOID Used for broadcasting and instrument recordings. Also used to mic speaker cabinets.     D XLR 80HZ-15KHZ
MEM Mem.png EV RE-55 OMNI Handheld vocal use for interviews or recording of orchestras etc.     D XLR 40HZ-20KHZ
MEO Meo.png EV CS-15 CARDIOID, OMNI CAPSULES Increased bass response at close proximities.  Handheld vocal use.     C 48V XLR 40HZ-18KHZ
MEP Mep.png EV RE-20 CARDIOID Very popular vocal recording mic, used extensively in broadcasting.     D XLR 45HZ-18KHZ
MER Mer.png EV RE-18 SUPERCARDIOID Designed to reduce microphone handling noise. Used for spoken word/announcing.     D XLR 80HZ-15KHZ
MES Mes.png EV 408B SUPERCARDIOID Instrument mic, used mostly on instruments with high SPL, drums, horns, etc.  D XLR 40HZ-19KHZ
MET Met.png EV 308B CARDIOID Slightly less directional version of the 408b. Instrument mic.     D XLR 45HZ-18KHZ
MEW Mew.png EARTH

WORKS

TC 20

OMNI Reference flat microphone, 150db SPL rating, used for calibration or for very loud instruments/sound effects     C 48V XLR 10HZ-20KHZ
MFH Mfh.png CASCADE

FATHEAD

FIGURE 8 Used for mid-side pickup, and on instruments and vocals.     RIBBON NO XLR 60HZ-8KHZ
MHA Mha.png SHURE SM58 CARDIOID

Suitable for vocal use in live performance, sound reinforcement, and studio recording.

D XLR 50HZ-18KHZ
MHB Mhb.png SHURE

BETA

87A

SUPERCARDIOD Hand held vocal mic

good feedback rejection  

C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MHD Mhd.png SHURE SM53 CARDIOID Vintage hand held vocal mic, designed for low proximity effect.     D XLR 70HZ-16KHZ
MHE Mhe.png SHURE SM57 CARDIOID good for live sound reinforcement, instruments and vocals. bright, clean sound.     D XLR 40HZ-15KHZ
MHF Mhf.png SHURE SM81 CARDIOID Used on instruments, popular for pianos.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MHG Mhg.png SHURE VP88 CARDIOID,

FIGURE 8

Stereo recording mic used in broadcasting.     C 48V XLR 40HZ-20KHZ
MHK Mhk.png SHURE KSM32 CARDIOID General purpose condenser mic, useable for vocals/instruments etc. equipped with -15db and low cut switches.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MHM Mhm.png SHURE KSM137 CARDIOID Small diaphragm condenser designed for instruments.     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MHS Mhs.png SHURE SM7B CARDIOID Shure’s response to the EV RE-20, a popular broadcasting vocal mic.     D XLR 50HZ-20KHZ
MEF BETA52A.JPG SHURE BETA 52A SUPERCARDIOID Supercardioid specifically for kick drums D XLR 20HZ-

10KHZ

MML Mml.png MARSHAL

MXL2003

CARDIOID General purpose condenser mic, useable on vocals, instruments, ensembles etc     C 48V XLR 20HZ-23KHZ
MNA Mna.png SENNHEISER 421 CARDIOID Vocal or instrument mic popular in studios     D XLR 30HZ-17KHZ
MKH
MKH40.jpg
SENNHEISER MKH 40 CARDIOID The MKH 40 P 48 is a high frequency condenser microphone with an excellent frequency range. C 48V XLR 40HZ-

20KHZ

MAD E605.JPG SENNHEISER

E604 DRUM MIC KIT

CARDIOID Mic kit specifically built for snare drums. Emphasis on mid and high frequencies, with a fairly clear low frequency clarity. Based on MD 421 technology. D XLR 40HZ-

18KHZ

MNC Mnc.png MNC CONDENSER COMBO KIT VARIOUS Useful for field recording, comes with various pickup patterns for versatility of recording.     C 48V OR AA XLR
MND Mnd.png SENNHEISER 441 SUPERCARDIOID Vocal and instrument mic equipped with a 5 position bass roll off switch and a treble boost switch     D XLR 40HZ-20KHZ
MNE Mne.png DR.NORMAR'S BINAURAL HEAD

(MKE 2002)

OMNI Sennheiser binaural microphone pair, for recording a 3d stereo field for playback over headphones.  C 9V ONLY XLR 40HZ-20KHZ
MOF Mof.png SONY ECM50 OMNI Vintage lavalier vocal mic     C 48V

OR E90

BAT

XLR 40HZ-14KHZ
MOH Moh.png SONY ECM22P CARDIOID Instrument/vocal mic, can use external phantom power or battery power between 3.7 and 9 volts     C 206 BAT OR

48V

XLR 40HZ-15KHZ
MPP Mpp.png PACIFIC PRO LD1 CARDIOID Large diaphragm condenser, used for vocals, instruments, ensembles etc     C 48V XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MRB Mrb.png BEYER M160 HYPERCARDIOID Designed for instruments, popular on strings.     RIBBON XLR 40HZ-18KHZ
MRC Mrc.png COLES 4038 FIGURE 8 Vocal/instrument mic, popular with BBC broadcasting and recording studios.     RIBBON XLR 30HZ-15KHZ
MRR Mrr.png RCA 77DX VARIOUS Vintage ribbon mic, featuring cardioid, omni, and figure 8 polar patterns. Popular in broadcasting for vocals.     RIBBON XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MRY Mry.png ROYER R121 FIGURE 8 High quality ribbon instrument mic.     RIBBON XLR 40HZ-18KHZ
MTS Mts.png CHAMELEON LABS TS-1 OMNI,

CARDIOID

Small diaphragm tube mic, used primarily on instruments     C EXT XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MTS2 Mts2.png CHAMELEON LABS TS-2 VARIOUS Large diaphragm tube condenser, used primarily on vocals.  C EXT XLR 20HZ-20KHZ
MSV Msv.png SE ELECTRONICS SE 5000 Large diaphragm tube condenser, used on vocals     C EXT XLR
MSZ Msz.png SE ELECTRONICS SE 5600 Large diaphragm tube condenser, used on vocals     C EXT XLR