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In what way condensor mics are fragile?
Old 14th March 2012
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In what way condensor mics are fragile?

I have often read that condensors are fragile, handle with care. So let's say I do that and keep it stocked right, in what way I could damage it with singing?
Old 14th March 2012
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Condensers are not overly fragile.

I treat them the same way I'd treat any bit of electronic kit; Don't drop it. Keep it dry. Cover it or put it in its case when it's not to be used for a while.

The main damage that can be done to a condenser mic by a vocalist has to do with contaminants in saliva getting on the capsule.

Condensers sound better to me when you don't use a pop screen. But you should always protect the capsule from contaminants in saliva by using a pop screen or by positioning the mic an appropriate distance or location in relation to the singer so that the capsule is not collecting spit.

If it's your mic and the vocal performance is going to be such a mega-hit that you'll be able to buy a case of the mics you are using, forget the pop screen.

If the mic belongs to your boss, use the pop screen until he tells you not to... (It's OK to hint to him that the pop screen produces problems and let him make the decision to not use it.)

If you are related to Klaus Heyne, forget the pop screen and have Uncle Klaus do his magic every few years.

Bottom line? Condenser mics are not fragile. Make some wonderful music without worry.
Old 15th March 2012
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What he said. ^^^
An overly high spl level could cause problems with the capsule, but that most likely wont ever be a problem when using it for vocals.
Old 15th March 2012
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More parts.
Thinner, more fragile, more expensive diaphragm.
Built in amplifier
More electronics in general
Thinner wiring and more of it.

Drop 'em and prepare for a repair ticket.

Dynamics? You can hammer in nails with them and they still work.
Old 15th March 2012
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watch out for ribbon mics in particular. don't drop those, or breathe or blow into them, or swing them around rapidly, or put them too close to a kick drum or bass cabinet or anything with a lot of moving air. you can stretch the delicate microns-thick aluminum ribbon element and ruin it. phantom power on these can ruin them too by causing the ribbon to jolt around and stretch out so no phantom power with ribbon microphones as a rule
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Smack an 87 with a 57 real hard a few times and see which one still works.
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Smack an 87 with a 57 real hard a few times and see which one still works.
Best response possible. Simple....elegant......learn by doing.
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Quote:
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Smack an 87 with a 57 real hard a few times and see which one still works.
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Best response possible. Simple....elegant......learn by doing.
Couldn't elaborate upon this any better.
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